Creationism

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Overseers on the Galtian Planation

I’ve always understood why the very rich would favor economic ideologies that support their self-interest. What I’ve never quite understood is why so many people who aren’t Galtian overlords buy that crap. Lance Mannion puzzles over the same thing (italics original): The Koch Brothers are under a different delusion, that we live in a feudal…

By way of Matthew Yglesias, we read that,over at National Review Online, Kevin Williamson claims progressives only care about science as a way to wage culture war (yes, coming from movement conservatives, that’s rich): There are lots of good reasons not to wonder what Rick Perry thinks about scientific questions, foremost amongst them that there…

Mike Konczal is disappointed in the behavior of one of the members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (‘FCIC’), Peter Wallison, movement conservative and member of the rightwing faith tank, the American Enterprise Institute. Like many conservatives, Wallison blames the housing crisis on efforts to provide African-Americans with loans, even though, as Konczal explains, that’s…

I’ll get to creationism in a bit, but first… Last week, Yves Smith started a wee lil’ ruckus among progressives with a post titled “Bribes Work: How Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security, Bought the Roosevelt Name.” In that post, she argued: Bribes work. AT&T gave money to GLAAD, and now the gay rights organization…

Creationism and Cybervitalism

Every so often, a creationist will start babbling about “information theory”, and thereby defaming a perfectly legitimate line of research. While I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight back from ASM2011, here’s something from the archives, “Creationists, “Biological Information”, and Cyber-Vitalism” about that topic: In response to us foul-mouthed evolutionists, Casey Luskin asks, “Yet…

Conservatives, Education, and Creationism

By way of John Sides, we come across this analysis of some data from the General Social Survey: (the five categories of educational status are, from left to right: didn’t graduate from high school, high school graduate, some college, college graduate, post-graduate degree) While connecting the dots in a line is a little misleading (there’s…

I haven’t gone after creationists in quite a while, because it just starts to feel like picking on the slow kid. Both PZ Myers and Kele Cable attended a seminar by Answers in Genesis High Wackaloon Terry Mortenson. I don’t think you could pay me enough to wade through that morass of unadulterated bullshit, but…

Mike Konczal put together this nice graphic of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s roadmap to a batshitloonitarian paradise: Konczal notes: There’s a three-prong approach in Governor Walker’s plan that highlights a blueprint for conservative governorship after the 2010 election. The first is breaking public sector unions and public sector workers generally. The second is streamlining benefits…

Recently, I claimned nothing in movement conservatism makes sense except in the light of creationism. One example is Paul Krugman’s recent observation: It’s kind of shocking if you think about it. Here we have a huge, hard-won intellectual achievement [the recognition that depressions are caused by inadequate demand], one that accounts very well for the…

Does failing to teach evolution qualify as bad teaching? Because, then, I might get behind the idea that teacher tenure should fall by the wayside: Now several Republican governors have concluded that removing ineffective teachers requires undoing the century-old protections of tenure. Governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada and New Jersey have called for the…