Pharyngula

Archives for July, 2008

An inspirational poster

I must confess to a cruel game with this post. I saw this poster and thought, “What? But most of these people weren’t atheists!” Surely someone could do a far better job with this idea than that, and everyone would see the problem here (at least John Wilkins did, as did many of the commenters).…

Call me…The Violator!

The gang at Bakersfield that ran one of the polls we contributed to has noticed, and they feel violated. Mildly. And with a little good humor. I guess we’ll have to do it again sometime!

Only a Theory

I published a review in Nature this week, of Ken Miller’s Only a Theory(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), and boy, was that a tough one. The catch was that I want the book to do well, and I definitely think it has a place as an appeal to the religious majority to support good science (you know, all those…

Evolving snake fangs

Ontogenetic allometry in the fang in the front-fanged Causus rhombeatus (Viperidae) displaces the fang along the upper jaw. Scale bars, 1 mm. We note the change in relative size of the upper jaw subregions: i, anterior; ii, fang; iii, posterior. d.a.o., days after oviposition. I keep saying this to everyone: if you want to understand…

Uh-oh…a pro-life poll

Here’s one way to foil a pharynguloid poll invasion: limit your poll answers to those that aren’t even wrong. Try to answer the question of”When does life begin?” — your only choices are at birth, at conception, at some stage, with a god (?), and the ever-useful “I don’t know”. Conception is winning right now,…

Karl Giberson strikes back!

Perhaps you remember Karl — I ripped into an interview he did a while back. Well, “ripped into” is probably the wrong phrase — I pointed out several things I thought were quite good, and then tore up his sectarian defense of Christianity, his blind obeisance before the Christian bible, and his mangling of what…

No, not that kind of host. Our scheduled host for the Tangled Bank had to back out due to time constraints. If anyone wants to volunteer to host it next Wednesday, let me know and I’ll forward the entries to you. Also, who should get a Molly award for the month of July? Mention your…

The Michigan festival is apparently going to be showing BIll Maher’s new movie, Religulous. I’d like to hear if it’s any good, just to know how much I might suffer when I do go see it. And see it I will: anyone who gets Bill Donohue to start spluttering out threats of physical violence needs…

Commuting? Moi?

I was asked to contribute to Forbes Magazine package on commuting — never mind that I live across the street from my job, and “commuting” has become a trivial, alien concept — so I had to talk about animals that commute.

So how about this one: Should atheists be barred from public office? It’s mostly going our way already, but would you believe a quarter of the votes so far say “yes”?