Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for October, 2007

Christian Conscientious Objectors

Get ready for some more conservative cognitive dissonance: man finds Jesus and comes to believe that the occupation of Iraq is immoral:

The ‘Religious Right': Cynics for Jesus

A few days ago, I posted an excerpt from Hanna Rosen’s God’s Harvard which is about Patrick Henry College, which can be thought of as theopolitical conservative training facility. Before I get to a mindboggling display of cynicism, I want to make one thing: if someone wants to believe this lunacy, that’s fine, but the…

Are Democrats the Party of Corporate America?

maha had a very interesting post about the eroding support among Corporate America for the Republican Party:

A Creationist Spills the Beans

Since I’m speaking at Harvard today*, I thought sharing this bit from Hanna Rosen’s God’s Harvard would be appropriate (and it’s a fascinating read). The president of Patrick Henry College, whose mission is “to prepare Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to…

I’ll get to Noah in a bit. But first, digby describes the lobotomization of our national discourse:

Over at Karmatics, Rob Brown thinks the counter-intuitiveness of natural selection is a big reason why people find evolution difficult to comprehend. In that way, natural selection is similar to prediction markets, where people bet on the chances of future events, such as the outcomes of sports events or political elections:

“Don’t Veto Me”

I like this ad about S-CHIP:

Staph Deaths Exceed AIDS Deaths in U.S.

According to the Boston Globe, a new study indicates that deaths from the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (‘staph infections’) have exceeded AIDS/HIV deaths in the U.S (italics mine):

No Doubt They’re Phony Soldiers Too

Twelve Army captains who served in Iraq conclude the following:

Framing, Evolution, and Power

Once again, the science framing wars have flared up. While I’m not allergic to the concept of framing as some are, one of the major reasons why I’m not a big fan of dwelling on the topic is that obsessing over language reminds me of the late 80s and 90s when the Left won the…