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Archives for February, 2006

August Berkshire in the news

August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists gave a talk at Northwestern College, one of our regional evangelical Christian colleges, and the Star Tribune has a story about it. He gave the students a list of very poor religious rationalizations—it’s a strange and interesting story, and a little sad, since the students don’t seem to have learned…

Teach weakly…errrm, weaknesses

Texans for Better Science Education is one of those strident creationist fronts that tries to undermine science teaching in favor of religious nonsense while pretending to be promoting rational thinking—they might as well have called it Sound Science, that sneaky and misleading label conservatives like to toss around. Their site is a collection of half-truths…

Friday Random Ten: Taking it easy edition

For some reason, this has been a draining week, and I’m just slumped in my easy chair with the iTunes entertaining me…so let’s toss up a Friday Random Ten. Blade Of Grass Asylum Street Spankers Prayers for Rain The Cure Skåne Hedningarna Whip It Devo My Generation Patti Smith Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Logon Rock Witch…

What’s wrong with this statement? “We’re very pleased,” said Rick Blake, spokesman in Chicago for Holt, Rinehart and Winston. “Science is a very strong area for Holt.” Since it is in response to Holt’s decision to water down biology textbooks in Florida, it’s wrong. I’m sorry, Mr Blake, but science is not a strong area…

A novel situation

This is remarkable: I actually have all of my grading done, and even have Monday and Wednesday’s lecture all ready to go. I’m. All. Caught. Up. I think this means the Apocalypse will be coming along shortly. I don’t quite have all my responsibilities out of the way yet, though. Next week is time for…

Dawkins clip

For those curious about Dawkins’ documentary, “Root of All Evil?”, you can find a short excerpt of the segment with Ted Haggard online. Haggard is extraordinarily creepy—keep some Pepto-Bismol handy if you watch it. (via Leiter Reports)

What controversy?

Creationists have been chanting, “Teach the controversy” at us for some time, to which most biologists simply look puzzled and ask “What controversy?” There is no ongoing debate about the ideas peddled by the Discovery Institute within the scientific community, because, well, there have been no data presented to suggest that it would be a…

Friday cephalopod: Moroteuthis robusta

Moroteuthis robusta Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

I’m stumped

I’ve been racking my brains, trying to come up with a completely inoffensive college curriculum in case some tinhorn prissy-pants decides to pass a law allowing students to opt out of being challenged, and I just can’t do it. Maybe I just have a dirty mind, but I think I could turn any textbook and…

Medicine needs evolution

This week’s issue of Science contains a very strongly worded statement about the utility of evolutionary biology in medicine, and calls for an increase in education about evolution at all levels of the medical curriculum, from high school to med school. I’ve put the whole thing below the fold—it’s good reading.