Pharyngula

Archives for January, 2008

That reminds me…

I’ve got to wash my underwear.

The work of the devil

It’s a strange, weird world out there. I get hate mail all the time, but you know me — I’m mean and cruel and I don’t hesitate to pull out the sharp, sharp knives of unkind rhetoric. Other people get hate mail, too, and here’s one that made me laugh and laugh (which is also…

We have another point of correspondence. Remember how Kent Hovind’s organization was bellowing and bucking about to block criticism on youtube? Now the Discovery Institute is up to the same shenanigans, trying to silence criticism by shutting down their youtube critics. It’s a good video that also nicely explains Dembski’s Harvard/XVIVO fiasco as an ironic…

We are ruled by monsters

This is an unbelievable statement from one of our top medical advisors. Heroin overdoses kill many people; there is a cheap rescue option, though, kits called Narcan that cost a mere $9.50 and allow people to save lives. The Bush administration opposes their distribution. Dr. Bertha Madras, deputy director of the White House Office on…

An unholy Frankensteinian fusion

We’re about to witness a monstrous event here on Scienceblogs. Omnibrain: weird neuroscience from an inveterate smart-ass. Retrospectacle: Parrots and hair cells with Shelley passing out the cookies. Both are young graduate students in neuroscience, and both have decided to shut down their blogs…and restart them as one freaky hybrid. They aren’t going away, they’re…

It’s so hard to satirize creationism

They have a real talent there

Has anyone else noticed that you often only need to read the first sentence of anything written at Uncommon Descent to see them screw up royally? Especially, lately, if the author is Denyse O’Leary. Take this, for example. Textbooks often don’t discuss extinction — the death of all members of a species — in any…

Thanks, Revere, for making me the point man. I didn’t even mention the crazy people whose faith was rejuvenated by an imperfect potato. Although I would agree with your policy of agreeing with me.

Congratulations, Canada!

Canadians always make such a fuss about being distinct from their southern neighbor, but you know it’s all a pretense. They want to be just like the US, they admire and respect us so much. And here’s the evidence: they’re getting rid of the position of science advisor to their government. Just like the United…

Books that make you dumber?

I don’t think so. Virgil Griffith pulled out the top ten books read by students at various universities (it turns out Facebook collects that data for you), and then tried to correlate that with the average SAT/ACT score of each university. The result is a mess. You might be able to say that schools with…