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So now PZ getting thrown out of Expelled (and Dawkins getting in) triggers New York Times coverage. If you ask me, this really helps the Expelled people, who want nothing more than controversy. And Dawkins completely doesn’t get it: Dr. Dawkins said the hoopla has been “a gift” to those who oppose creationism. “We could…

We’re Sexually Confused.

Okay, so it’s Fashion Week in New York. But there’s something I just don’t get. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yadda, yadda, yadda…and yes, everyone is beautiful in their own way, but uh, will someone please explain to me what’s going on with the male models? “Where the masculine ideal of…

I get ‘tagged‘ with these blog memes fairly often and for this one, I’m finally game – but ONLY because it began with my great-great-grandfather PZ to demonstrate something Darwinian. So you know, I’m indulging in ‘The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme‘ for the children. Watch kids, today’s lesson is Evolution in Cyberland: There are a…

From his blog: Camp 3, which is perhaps not as well defined, promotes the inclusion of theistic elements in evolutionary biology, in some cases explicitly in other cases as a kind of “fill in the blank,” in order to provide a better approach to “framing” evolutionary biology. (Notice the closeness between the word “blank” and…

Casey Luskin has now dug into my past and found some secularist credentials from my college days. Apparently he views this as some sort of smoking gun. As he puts it: “Chris Mooney provides a yet another example of the fact that many (though certainly not all, of course) leading Darwinist activists are secular humanists.”…

This Darwin Day: Don’t Be a Dodo

It’s Darwin Day, and while I’m not closely involved in any of the stuff taking place around the country this year, I do have a very strong recommendation about how to celebrate: Go and check out one of the many Flock of Dodos screenings that are occurring. And watch the trailer on YouTube to get…

I don’t know if I ever disclosed this, but…back before I knew I was doing Storm World, I was seriously contemplating writing a narrative account of the Dover evolution trial for my second book. Now, well, I’m kinda glad I didn’t. You see, there are not one, not two, but three books in the hopper…

The Mooney-Nisbet Show

Back in May, fellow birthday boy Matt Nisbet and I gave a two-pronged keynote address to the annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The subject: How to communicate about science, particularly in politically fraught areas. I pretty much winged it, though I hope I provided some insights–and then Matt provided real data…

These Are So Not Good Criticisms

Well, I’ve read through the Discovery Institute critique of my work (PDF). I am not impressed. Neither is Carl Zimmer, who has experience with this sort of thing. PZ, meanwhile, has a good refutation of Casey Luskin’s attack on my credentials. [To tell you the truth, PZ, Luskin’s criticism is actually even weaker than you…

The DI Rebuttal

Okay, the “rebuttal” (PDF) of my work from the Discovery Institute went online early today. So I have at least gotten to peruse it briefly. I can’t allege that I was “surprised” by it, though the timing of its release remains curious. Anyway, you can peruse the document yourself, here, and compare it with my…