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Archives for October, 2006

Correspondence from the Adams camp

Promise me, O Readers of Pharyngula, that you don’t write emails as stupid as the ones below the fold.

Creationist hijinks in the news

After a week long hiatus, the Hovind trial continues in Florida. This week, we learn about the virtues of Christian charity. Hovind, a tax protester, makes a substantial amount of money. But he believes he and his employees work for God, are paid by God and, therefore, aren’t subject to taxation. Schneider testified this morning…

EEEEeeeek!

Ready to be terrified for Halloween? Just read this. (via Feministe)

Can I get that makeover?

Man, I am so jealous of that Stupid Evil Bastard: he’s gotten so lovely for Halloween.

Awww, Mike S. Adams noticed me!

Mike Adams latest column is all about his UMM visit…although, actually, it’s more of a whine about me. Dr. P.Z. Myer did, in fact, make my talk Thursday night and something very strange happened: He, too, experienced a sudden and dramatic change in his level of courage during the course of the speech. During the…

Carroll steps up to the plate…

The physicist Sean Carroll takes on Eagleton, and also makes a few comments on The God Delusion—key point, I think: Dawkins took on too many issues at once in the book, and opened himself up to criticisms on the weaker parts that are used to dismiss the stronger parts. I agree. Most of the discussion…

Gum disintegration syndrome

Here’s a weird and trivial phenomenon to consider: gum disintegration syndrome. I’m not much of a gum-chewer, and never have been…but I remember gum from when I was a kid, and you could chew and chew and maintain a flavorless wad for a long time. Recently, I thought I’d try gum as an appetite suppressant,…

A Devonian lamprey, Priscomyzon

Reconstruction of Priscomyzon in dorsal (top) and left lateral (bottom) views. b, Macropthalmia stage of Lampetra showing anterior location of orbit and smaller oral disc, both positioned in front of the branchial region. The total length of the specimen is 116 mm. Drawings in a and b are scaled to show equivalent head lengths: from anterior…

Mysterious marine whatsis

Strange things are found in the sea, like this mysterious gelatinous blob bobbing about in the Norwegian fjords. On Oct. 1 Rudolf and his brother Erling were diving when he spotted the unusual object. “It was 50-70 centimeters (19.5-27.5 inches) in diameter and looked like a huge beach ball. It was transparent but had a…

There are plenty of horrors to give us the heebie-jeebies, as you can learn in the 52nd Carnival of the Godless. As for me, I’m going to be playing a mad scientist DJ on Tuesday, showing clips from horror movies at the Cafe Scientifique. I’ve been chopping and splicing all morning to get ready for…