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Archives for April, 2006

Are you ready for Coulter?

Here’s a description of the contents of her newest book: Though liberalism rejects the idea of God and reviles people of faith, it bears all the attributes of a religion itself. In Godless, Ann Coulter throws open the doors of the Church of Liberalism, showing us: Its sacraments (abortion) Its holy writ (Roe v. Wade)…

Tangled Bank Episode LII

The latest edition of the Tangled Bank is coming straight to you from Coruscant…and the opening text is almost as long as the latest from Lucas, although fortunately it doesn’t say anything about the trade federation and boring treaties.

Carel Brest van Kempen pans Evolution!

Evolution, the beer, that is.

More than once, I’ve said that I think the Discovery Institute is on the wane; Dover dealt a serious blow to their credibility, and demonstrated that their strategy was not an effective one for helping creationists get their way. That’s really all they had, was the promise that their pseudo-secular approach would give anti-evolutionists an…

Ooops

My fault, the site was screwed up for over an hour—it’s a really bad idea to slip when typing “</p>” and type “<?p>” instead.

I just find this whole idea bizarre. President Bush has picked Fox News radio host Tony Snow as his new White House Press Secretary and is expected to announce the choice on Wednesday, a Republican official said. Can we all agree that Fox ‘News’ is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party now?

RtB on Tiktaalik

There are a number of creationist organizations flourishing in America. One I’ve criticized many times is the Discovery Institute, which I suspect is now waning in influence after the Dover debacle; another is Answers in Genesis, which is a Mecca for the Young Earth Creationists; and one other is Reasons to Believe, which is an…

Oh, my. Inside Higher Ed has an article that has to be read to be believed: the problem with universities are their faculties, we need to get rid of tenure, hire more part-time, untenured faculty on short term contracts, cut back on those expensive bits of infrastructure like libraries and theaters, increase teaching loads across…

Evo-Devo in NYR Books!

This really is an excellent review of three books in the field of evo-devo— From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), and The Plausibility of Life:Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll)—all highly recommended…

Geek Prom on tape

Chuck Olson has captured Geek Prom 2006 on video. Be prepared to be shocked: there’s the talent show, the spaz dancing, the coronation, parades of geeks in strange costumes, and most terrifying of all…nerd nudity. Not safe for work or individuals with any sense of taste or propriety.