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Archives for January, 2009

Explore Evolution gets another drubbing

If you’ve been following the creationist strategy lately, you know that one of their efforts is to push a new and awful textbook, Explore Evolution, in conjunction with the various political bills to endorse a “strengths & weaknesses” theme in the public school science curriculum. Explore Evolution is the type specimen for that teaching technique;…

Science is a source of virtue

An essay by Dennis Overbye makes an important point: if you want a source for good values, look to science. Science is not a monument of received Truth but something that people do to look for truth. That endeavor, which has transformed the world in the last few centuries, does indeed teach values. Those values,…

Minchin on youtube

Some of you were very disappointed that this amusing monolog by Tim Minchin was yanked off of youtube shortly after I mentioned it. Hey, it’s back, in an official release by Minchin himself!

We have another M.D. spouting off against evolution using bogus creationist arguments. Jeffrey Dach may also be embarrassing lefty-liberal types, since his page is hosted on Salon. It’s very confused and poorly argued. He first says that he believes in evolution, but that Darwin’s ideas are outdated, and the new evidence suggests new theories of…

What happened to Conservapædia?

You can’t get to Conservapædia right now — it seems to have been taken offline. It’s not clear why, exactly, but there is a curiously hideous article that was posted there, as noted on Wonkette. The Constitution provides that if a senator is unable to complete his or her term then the governor of the…

Good news from the University of Alberta

The traditional U of A convocation speech used to urge all graduates to go out and serve some god. Thanks to Ian Bushfield, it’s been changed, and in a compromise it now has addition language to qualify it — now only students who are believers are asked to serve an invisible man in the sky.…

David Attenborough gets mail

David Attenborough and I have something in common: he gets hate mail from creationists, too!

An ugly debate in Edmonton

Kirk Durston is a cunning wretch. How did he open his part in the debate here in Edmonton? By claiming that atheism was an amoral philosophy that led to the corruption of society, and to prove it, he cited a political scientist named Rummel, who he claimed, had shown that cultures built around a core…

You will be stupider after watching this

A hint: Glenn Beck. James Dobson. Together. This will rot your mind. They are complaining about a court decision that ruled that a ‘moment of silence’ rule in a public school was a veiled attempt to introduce sectarian religious belief into the classroom. Nobody is afraid of prayer; kids can pray all they want, however…

Seattle! Get off your butts!

Lucy’s skeleton is on tour, and is currently on display at the Pacific Science Center — a lovely and interesting place even when the most famous australopithecine in the world isn’t holding court. Here’s the surprising news: Pacific northwesterners are not flocking to the museum. The science center is losing big buckets of money on…