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Archives for June, 2007

My car is worth more than I am!

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Australia is trying to show us up again, aren’t they? Their 2006 census shows that religious believers have dropped to 79% of the population, a substantial decline from 83% in the the 2001 census. And from previous data, it looks like an accelerating trend. Come on, America, we have a godlessness gap! We have to…

Hooray! We’re getting less money!

Academia is a strange little world—we’re happy about this news! The biggest winners from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting? The 1,900 students at the Morris campus who saw their tuition go down by almost $1,000. We’re an even better bargain than before. Now we just need to get more students to take…

They’re running out of virgins!

This is horribly tasteless: it’s a trailer for a new movie based on a video game by Uwe Boll (for those unfamiliar with his oeuvre, I’ll just mention the combination of the words “movie”, “video game”, and “Uwe Boll” represents the very worst of humorlessly plodding, dumb cinema). So why did I find this clip…

The Washington Post had a ‘conversation’ on a very stupid question: Do you believe in heaven or hell? If not, why not? If so, who’s going there and how do you know? It’s a stupid question, because the only sensible answer is “no” and “because there is no evidence for it, nobody has been to…

Church and State, hand in hand

What an attractively symmetrical graph: People who don’t go to church mostly disagree with GW Bush; people who do go to church regularly mostly agree with GW Bush. Unfortunately, these results are from a poll taken in 2005, so it may have lost some of that symmetry since—I certainly hope it has, and that all…

A very tentative Seattle itinerary

Lots of people want to say hello on my trip to Seattle next week, so I thought I’d better let you all know the public parts of my itinerary. This is mainly a trip to relax, eat seafood, meet family and old friends, so there’s a problem of priorities. Most of my time will be…

Now Behe is thrown to the wolves

At least one metaphorical wolf, that is: Richard Dawkins reviews The Edge of Evolution (behind the NYT Select paywall, sorry). Again, he focuses on the argument from improbability that is at the heart of Behe’s book, and he comes up with a clear counter-example: if Behe were right, the modifications achieved by plant and animal…

Another nail driven into poor Behe

Another review of Behe’s book, The Edge of Evolution, has been published, this time in Nature and by Ken Miller. This one focuses on Behe’s central claim, that he has identified a probabilistic limit to what evolution can do that means no differences above roughly the genus level (and in many cases, the species level)…

Adonis Cute-as-sin-ich

OK, Blue Gal, you’re weirding me out a little bit. I agree that Kucinich is a progressive candidate, and that Glen Beck is a smarmy, disgusting little creep who made deeply offensive remarks about Kucinich’s sex appeal, but… …well, maybe he is looking a little bit cute and adorable.