The Intersection

Archives for January, 2006

Santorum Can’t Run Away from ID

It has been widely noted that U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who’s in electoral trouble in 2006, has been distancing himself from his old buddies in the ID movement. Santorum has flip flopped on the closely linked questions of whether ID counts as science and whether it should be taught in public school classes, and he’s…

This post isn’t about science, but it is about something close to my heart. For a long time, I’ve been outraged over the eternally-unresolved status of U.S. territorial possessions like Puerto Rico and Guam, and over the disenfranchisement of Americans right here in Washington, D.C., who aren’t allowed to have voting representation in Congress.

Conversion Fantasies

Just imagine the uproar we would hear if every time a Jew was featured in a Hollywood film or mini-series, he or she converted to Christianity by the end. Such a situation would be intolerable and widely denounced, and rightly so. Yet Hollywood does precisely the same thing to another minority group–atheists and agnostics–and nobody…

Defining Science Abuse Down

There’s an article up at OpenDemocracy.net that’s attempting to be contrary and counterintuitive about the Bush administration’s “war on science.” I must say, I found it fairly feeble.

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

I’m pleased to announce that along with PZ Myers and Wendy Northcutt (genius of the Darwin Awards), I’ll be heading up the science panel at Yearly Kos, Friday, June 9 in Las Vegas. This is the progressive blogosphere’s mega-convention; its theme is “Uniting the Netroots.” The keynote speaker will be none other than Harry Reid.…

PZ caught Kurt Vonnegut mouthing pro-ID nonsense recently. This is deeply depressing. Myers attributes it to Vonnegut getting pretty old and addled, but I’m not so sure.

Ivory Billed Battle Continues

How naive I am. I thought it was settled that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was back among us. I guess I was wrong. As an amateur birdwatcher, I also thought that the videotape provided of the bird was extremely convincing. But I guess I can’t be too certain any more, as a real expert ornithologist doesn’t…

Feeling Dumbfounded

I’m Google dependent, just like all the rest of you. But I heard about a new search function that’s going live today, and I’ve been checking it out. (Full Disclosure: I heard from a friend here in D.C. who’s involved in promoting this search.) The name is catchy–Dumbfind. It doesn’t replace Google, and it takes…

The latest attempt to create sparks over science and religion came on Sunday in the New York Times book review. There, Judith Shulevitz wrote a subtle but ultimately very troubling piece that largely points the finger at scientists themselves for spurring on the evolution conflict. John Rennie goes to town on the article here, and…

My book was reviewed in the Sunday Times of London yesterday. The reviewer was generally positive. Nevertheless, presumably out of the standard critic impulse to say something, anything negative, he created one of the most staggering strawmen I’ve ever witnessed: