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Archives for September, 2007

Lua Yar talks about…

The neurobiology of intelligence Where do people get the idea that intelligence has a biological basis? Oh yeah, from those geneticists, whose research has shown that intelligence levels can be inherited. One fairly new development for researching intelligence is through the conduction of brain imaging studies. Recently, two neuroscientists by the names of Richard Haier…

Animeme

Chris Clarke callously infected me with a meme. I’m supposed to answer these five questions. An interesting animal I had An interesting animal I ate An interesting animal in the Museum An interesting thing I did with or to an animal An interesting animal in its natural habitat My first thought was, “Dude! These are…

This last week in Biochemistry

It’s been quite busy last week. Despite the Neurobiology class didn’t meet that week, my other classes kept my hands full. I blame it on two exams and a paper due during the week of Homecoming. Since I don’t have any new thoughts on Neurobiology, let’s see what can be dug up from my Biochemistry…

Shrill atheists barking at the moon

My sermon-skit was too clever by half and the point seems to have been missed by some — so maybe you’d prefer the simpler clarity of Revere’s Sunday Sermonette or the straight-ahead, full-throttle atheism of the latest Carnival of the Godless. But be careful. Concentrated strident atheism might just repel you into changing your views…

A little more on the Bell debate

Now Matt Nisbet weighs in, and Mike Haubrich gives an amazing summary of not just what I said, but what I meant to say. One thing I referred to I called the “science education extinction vortex”, and referred to this hastily drawn diagram: My point was that we have all these forces working together to…

Sunday Sermon-Skit

THE SCENE: A circular room cut deep into stone; magma pits bubble left and right, all is lit by roaring torches that cast dark, flickering shadows. In the center, the Cephalopod Throne. THE CAST: PZ Myers broods on his throne, chin on fist. He glowers at a horde of SUPPLICANTS, bowing and scraping before him.…

I forgot to tell you all the most important gossip I heard at the Bell last night. I had a scant few minutes to talk to Jim Kakalios, who has gone all Hollywood on us, doing consulting work for the next big superhero blockbuster … Watchmen. Ooooh, all you geeks are saying, tell us more!…

I get email

My crank mail can be categorized into several categories. There are the short, barely literate splutterings of abuse; the weird rants and threats; the reiteration of long-dead creationist talking points (yeah, I get email where the writer thinks he’s trumped me by saying “If evolution is true, why are there still monkeys?”); and then there…

More Bell post-game analysis

Chris Mooney has his summary post up, in which he predictably and incorrectly declares victory for the forces of empty rhetoric, and Greg Laden correctly declares victory for the puppies and small children, which, of course, was our side. No word from Matt Nisbet yet. He’s probably having a late breakfast of roast puppy, served…

Zimmer’s head

If you’ve been curious to know more about Carl Zimmer, he’s having a conversation with John Horgan on Bloggingheads.tv.