Pharyngula

Archives for July, 2006

Peter Doran in the NY Times

Peter Doran published a paper several years ago showing that parts of Antarctica were actually cooling, rather than warming—that there were local variations in temperature trends. This is not surprising. It’s also not surprising that he was quote-mined like mad by the global warming denialists. He has now written a calm, solid rejection of the…

I got a request to help identify this bizarre creature. I’m guessing it’s a slug caterpillar, from the family Limacodidae, although I couldn’t possibly narrow it down further, and could be completely wrong. Whoever was filming it can be heard telling someone not to touch it—which is a good idea. These things shed fine hairs…

Seething jealousy

John Wilkins has been off visiting the ghosts of Owen, Darwin, Buffon, and Saint Hilaire, while I’m sitting in Morris. Ah, if only I had an excuse (and the means!) to escape…

Smilin’ Norm has a reputation as a bit of a horndog, and now we learn where he got it from. Honestly, I really didn’t need to know.

Francis Collins, doofus for the Lord

I just watched the Francis Collins/Charlie Rose interview (it starts at about 35 minutes on that clip), and although I struggled manfully to appreciate the fellow’s accomplishments and status in science, I failed. All I could see is that he was illogical, irrational, and downright goofy—all the symptoms of a severe affliction with a bad…

He only has a few radio and television programs, his own university, tens of millions of dollars to throw at his political causes, and a few million voters in his pocket, so Jerry Falwell* is just a marginal nut, right? We can just ignore him when he says things like this: It is apparent, in…

The blog that wouldn’t die

The Wege is back, and he fires off a riff on Minnesota politics. I like Tild’s take on this rebirth.

A simple story gets complicated

People, scientists included, are always looking for simple, comprehensible explanations for complex phenomena. It’s so satisfying to be able to easily explain something in a sound bite, and sound bites are so much more easily accepted by an audience than some elaborate, difficult collection of details. For example, we often hear homosexual behavior reduced to…

A Cambrian zoo

Yunnanozoans and Xidazoon…there are some very pretty early Cambrian critters on display at Sinanthropus.

I ain’t got no soul

Alright, Orac, I’m trying to get some work done here this morning…so why’d you have to send me this clip of an atheist church to distract me with unseemly giggling?