Respectful Insolence

Archives for April 20, 2007

I’m confused again about what appear to be mutually conflicting statements. The Discovery Institute’s favorite creationist neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Egnor two months ago on Pharyngula: Perhaps a fable (not a just-so story!) will illustrate. Imagine that you, P.Z., were a student in 1925. You would study Darwinism fairly intensively as a high school student, undergrad,…

Cyborg Pigeon Makes Debut in China

Chinese scientists have made a remote controlled pigeon. By planting micro electrodes in the pigeon’s brain, the scientists can make the bird fly up, down, left or right.“I’m looking for a boy named John Conner. Have you seen him?” Chief scientist Su Xuecheng explains, “”The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon’s brain according to…

Pity poor Nikola Tesla. A sure sign of the most potent woo is when the woo-meister responsible claims to base it on the work of a great scientists, particularly a great scientist who’s been dead well over 60 years. Like Nikola Tesla. The deader the scientist is and the longer he or she’s been dead,…

Only in New Jersey

Remember Jim McGreevey, the former Governor of New Jersey, who resigned nearly three years ago in disgrace because of an adulterous homosexual affair, as well as his having tried to give his boy toy, Golan Cipel, a high-ranking state job for which he was utterly unqualified, namely Homeland Security Advisor? What do you think would…