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Archives for March, 2007

And it’s a right embarrassing spotlight to be caught under, I imagine. A couple of years ago, The New Republic polled various well-known conservatives about their position on evolutionary biology; Digby reviews their responses, and they’re a mess (I also summarized their views diagrammatically way back then). Most wouldn’t be caught dead admitting to believing…

For the pharma shills of scienceblogs

I’ve heard rumors that there are some of those pharma shills hanging out around here…so this one is for you.

The Fred and Wilma Flintstone Museum

Ken Ham’s fabulous fake museum is going to open soon, on May 28. There are grounds for concern here. But Eugenie Scott, a former University of Kentucky anthropologist who is director of the California-based National Center for Science Education, said the information provided in the museum “is not even close to standard science.” Scott visited…

My students should not watch this

They need every scrap of brainpower they can get, and the two videos at this link will suck out your brain with the awesome power of their stupidity. Most of you are probably already familiar with the banana video, which tries to conclude that God exists from the perfection of the video. What you will…

Iain is looking for photos in a particular pose. So maybe you didn’t like the Blasphemy Challenge; this is a much more restrained exercise in which the fellow is going to collect photos of people holding an apple if they accept the evidence for biological evolution, or holding a light bulb if they believe in…

Unleash your inner god

Try the God Simulator. Hint: if you always pick the least logical, most insane action, you’ll get a pretty good simulacrum of Christianity.

You may recall my earlier complaint about the corruption and waste and profligacy of the head of the Smithsonian, Lawrence Small. A non-scientist, he spent the last few years padding his own nest by drawing on the resources of the Smithsonian, and was basically a typical Republican appointee. The good news: Small has resigned, hopefully…

Let’s not just pick on the Nigerians

The oppression begins at home, and we can’t just blame the men. I work at a bookstore. I was cashiering today when a woman and her two kids (a boy and a girl, both somewhere between 13-15) came up to the register. The mom was buying 2 celeb gossip magazines, and the boy put down…

The Humboldts are rising!

The LA Times has a cool story about the growing population of Humboldt squid off the Southern California coast — tens of millions of the big beasts, and they aren’t shy. The frenzy built and Kerstitch, as the lone diver shooting still photographs and with no bright movie lights to deter the predators, was set…

Richard Dawkins has a huge list of well-wishers, but William Dembski is unhappy — he sent a birthday greeting, and rushed to complain on Uncommon Descent that it wasn’t posted. Alas, it was, and we can all see what an insincere and sarcastic and snide comment he sent. Richard Hughes gets a gold star for…