Pharyngula

Archives for August, 2007

Over at the Sandwalk, Larry has a video of Berlinski pompously denouncing the idea that “cows evolved into whales”. As everyone is pointing out, it’s ludicrous because cows didn’t evolve into whales — but what struck me is the supercilious arrogance of this mathematician as he plucked numbers out of his ass. First he claims…

Why we need to speak up assertively

Ophelia makes note of a comment from Hitchens, about a revelation on his book tour: At the end of the event I discover something that I am going to keep on discovering: half the people attending had thought that they were the only atheists in town. I see that all the time, too. We atheists…

Framing feud flares into furious fight

There is going to be a melee in Minneapolis, a testicle-twister in the Twin Cities, a bloody battle at the Bell — the framing debate is going LIVE, in an event sponsored by the Bell Museum in Minneapolis at the end of September. On one side, Mooney and Nisbet; on the other, Greg Laden and…

Salon has a refreshingly hostile interview with Bjørn Lomborg, and they also have a strongly negative review of his new book, Cool It. This makes me very happy; I’m not a fan of the “contrarian” label for this guy — he’s just another unqualified denialist, as far as I can see. I hope one of…

A triumphant beginning!

Last night was the activities fair at UMM, where student groups try to catch the attention of the new students and persuade them to sign up. It was a mob scene with hundreds of milling people, and there in the middle of it … the brand new UMM chapter of the Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and…

Classes start today!

What do you think? Can I use this video clip in my introductory biology course? It explains everything you need to know about DNA.

The inevitable has occurred

Hey, you know that $15 million lawsuit that was filed against me by Stuart Pivar? He’s been getting hammered on the weblogs, the City Pages was preparing a story on it, the Seed lawyers were unflappable, and Peter Irons was constantly sending Pivar and his lawyer cutting dissections of their poor case. Peter was in…

Uncannily like the real thing

If you’ve ever tried Second Life, you will be astounded at the verisimilitude of this simulation. (via Cairns Blog)

I wrote to Mark Mathis about his movie, Expelled, which I was told was going to be called Crossroads. Here is the entirety of my message: Hey, I just learned today that the actual film is now called “Expelled”, that it features Ben Stein, and that it’s really a gung- ho pro-creationism/anti-science film. I would…

…that you have to take a sharp poke at the godless or godly to try and trigger a response, and now it’s Chris’s turn. He’s arguing with the usual faith/empiricism continuum, and adds a third axis to the debate, as illustrated here. OK, it’s an interesting try. I don’t think it quite works, though. That…