Pharyngula

Archives for April, 2008

Today is the day…

…that the colossal squid is dissected and displayed by webcam to the world. It’s also the day I’m in class from 10:00 on, and have a Café Scientifique to attend, as well as another job candidate seminar, so I’m going to have to catch it all after the fact. Anyway, Happy Squid Hacking Day to…

I have to criticize the video below. It’s a beautiful piece of work, and the animal it shows is spectacularly well-adapted, but it does not demonstrate the fulfillment of a uniquely Darwinian prediction. An orchid was found with a nectary that was only accessible by way of a long, narrow tube, and Darwin predicted the…

I thought Jebons were supposed to be a joke … so what is this lunatic ranting about? Warning: this is from GodTube, so unless you’ve got a fair amount of tolerance for crazy, deluded talk, you might not want to click on it. Just in case you didn’t want to puke up your dinner by…

Yoink!

Remember that poll we crashed over the weekend? Apparently, whoever is administering that web page went to work today, approved a bunch of new suck-up comments, and deleted it. Heh. You can still view the poll at polldaddy: 98% (418,948) said ID shouldn’t be taught in schools, 2% (8,901) asked what ID is, and less…

Atheism is a condom for your mind

Matt Taibbi went off on a three day Christian retreat, and discovered how ridiculous they are…but he also discover the deep emotional, anti-intellectual pull of these kinds of events. By the end of the weekend I realized how quaint was the mere suggestion that Christians of this type should learn to “be rational” or “set…

It’s criminal to ruin the brains of children. He definitely has some talent, though. Should I adopt his rhetorical style for my classes?

Say hello to the new ERV

Same as the old ERV, only in fancy new digs.

What fresh horror could drive the American Family Association to call out the troops? Evil, repulsive soap operas. Procter & Gamble has resumed using explicit, open-mouth homosexual kissing in their soap opera, “As the World Turns.” So stop buying soap and shampoo, Christians! If you aren’t dingy, greasy, and stinky, we’ll know you’re an advocate…

A temporary palliative

So you’re pining away for ERV, hoping either that her site will be restored or that she’ll bring her new site up quickly. Don’t sit there weeping and wailing, she’ll be back online soon enough. Cheer up and laugh! Here are a few links to help you out. Science and reality television. A lunar scientist…

Two cultures?

My fellow academics, have you ever noticed that when our science students have problems with writing, we send them off to get tutorials from the people who know better, over in the English department? Our campus has a writing room where students can get advice from experts before they hand in their work to the…