Pharyngula

Archives for April, 2009

I could hardly believe it when I saw it, but the BioLogos site uses the familiar creationist second law of thermodynamics argument. Francis Collins has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, and he should know very well what the meaning of entropy is (he should be far more familiar with the concept than a mere biologist…

Ich werde reisen an den Bodensee

Good news for me! I get to spend a week in Germany, attending the Nobel Laureate meetings at Lindau on 28 June-3 July. I get to have all the fun, but at least you’ll benefit indirectly, since I’ll be regularly blogging the talks here. In English. You wouldn’t want to see the butchery I would…

Ireland proposes a blasphemy law

I need details of this law against blasphemy. If “Begorrah!” and “Saints preserve us!” are outlawed, then Irish stereotypes will be utterly demolished. On the other hand, one Irish fellow I knew used the peculiar expression “fewkin’” as every other word…I presume charming references to sexual acts will not be regarded as blasphemous? Otherwise, the…

BioLogos?

Oh, no…it’s an irresistible magnet. Francis Collins and Karl Giberson, with funding from the Templeton Foundation (who else?), have put together a whole website full of fluffy bunnies and pious weasels to reconcile science and faith. It’s a rich vein of the worst of pseudo-scientific apologetics, and I am stunned by it — not because…

You’ve all seen the hideous Florida license plates, right? Well, the Orlando Sentinel has a poll to see whether people think it’s reasonable for a secular state government to be punching out plates endorsing a weird sectarian faith. So far, the kind of people who read the Sentinel think it is. I wonder what the…

In a promising sign of the decline of some forms of Christianity, a major Christian book show has been cancelled. The show won’t go on in Dallas. The Christian Book Expo, an innovative consumer-focused book show, won’t be repeated next year. The board of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, show sponsor, decided not to stage another…

In February of next year, the odious Ken Ham will be hosting a so-called science fair at his awful little “museum”. That’s fine, Christians can do science, but of course it has a little caveat that means it will not be science. It’s open to homeschoolers, Christian school students, and public school students—as long as…

What’s Bachmann said now?

The crazy lady of Minnesota politics has done it again. In case you don’t actually want to see and hear this lunatic, here’s what she says: I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter, and I’m not blaming this…

HuffPo flops again

Whenever the Huffington Post brings up a science-related issue, I just cringe. It’s Jim Carrey or Deepak Chopra or some other celebrity incompetent babbling out some nonsense — it’s like the site editors have no B.S. detectors at all. Well, now they’ve really done it: they’ve got some quack named Kim Evans piggy-backing on the…

Arlen Specter, Democrat

In an act of political expediency, Arlen Specter has switched parties. This is good, in that it gives the Democrats more clout (especially when Minnesota’s senator is finally seated). It’s bad in that we don’t want ex-Republicans to have more voice in the party. We’ll take it, anyway. The best part of the whole switch,…