Pharyngula

Archives for August, 2009

In his “museum,” he didn’t single out any atheists, but he does have displays berating liberal Christians, like Slacktivist. You’ll see why.

Oh, the martyrs of AiG!

I’ve really gotten under the skin of the frauds at Answers in Genesis — now Terry Mortenson is whining about my cruelty and lying frantically. Last week I gave a lecture in the Creation Museum on “Millions of Years: Where Did the Idea Come From?” This is based on my PhD research. The next day…

Visiting North Dakota

It’s right next door, but I haven’t been to North Dakota that often. There are a couple of dates planned that will change that, though: on 24 September, I’ll be in Fargo for a free movie night with the Red River Freethinkers.They’ll be showing Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God at the Fargo Theater at…

Evolution of the appendix?

Since I just chastised the misleading presentation of this paper in the press (and I must emphasize that the odd focus on Darwin is not in the paper at all), we can now take a closer look at the paper itself. The data is actually cool to see, and represents a large amount of work;…

Clippy gets his

Some of you may recall that horrible, annoying talking paper clip that Microsoft inserted into their evil software many years ago. It was universally reviled, so you don’t see it anymore, but have you ever wondered what happened to it? Clippy met Cthulhu. No contest.

Watch Maine

Maine recently legalized same-sex marriage —hooray and all that, but we don’t get to be complacent about it now. There is a proposition on the ballot for November, Proposition 1, that would revoke marriage equality, and as you might expect, conservative forces are gearing up to promote this bill. Greta Christina has some suggestions for…

Cruel, cruel tease

If you’re like me, you are eagerly awaiting the release of Dawkins’ next book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), and you’ve probably already put in your preorder at Amazon. It’s kind of like the anticipatory excitement for the Harry Potter books, only for hardcore geeks. To whet your appetite, there is…

The educated/ignorant divide

This is a very interesting analysis of Unscientific America: the authors weren’t only shallow in identifying solutions to the problems they identified, they completely missed the big one. This is an informative chart. American variation in science literacy is enormous. Data from Salzmann & Lowell (2008) We’ve got a large number of science-literate students in…

What happened to my chin?

Speaking of cartoon renderings of yours truly, I’ve been Simpsonized. Wait a minute…my archnemesis is Ben Stein? Don’t I even get a challenge? My greatest foe is a guy with the superpower of being boring. Finding out that Moist was my enemy would be a step up.

I must have really stung those poor fellows at the Creation “Museum”. They’ve added a new article in the Jason Lisle ouevre which takes a few silly slaps at me, and also perpetuates the image of Lisle as the most boring pedant ever. As usual, his schtick is always the same: he accuses everyone else…