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Archives for September, 2009

Glenn Beck is completely insane

Do I really need to add anything to this buffoon’s own words? Get the rubber room ready. (via Below the Beltway)

Texas has state-sanctioned murder

The story of Cameron Todd Willingham (via Digby) ought to be read by everyone. Willingham seems to have been a kind of Texan dumbass, an uneducated, wife-beating piece of work, but he was also the father of three children, who he, by all accounts, loved. Those kids died in a house fire. Forensic ‘experts’ declared…

My appearance at Bates made it to the Lewiston Sun Journal. They did get a little piece of one point I tried to make. I don’t think religion makes people do wicked things, and that’s not my gripe with it. What it does is cut an intellectual brake line, making them incapable of dealing with…

That Dawkins guy gets all the cool gigs

Richard Dawkins is appearing on Colbert tonight, it should be good. In a near miss, Francis Collins is appearing tomorrow; too bad we couldn’t get a collision.

It was very simple: DIRP. I knew ahead of time exactly what it was going to be: complexity, complexity, complexity, complexity, complexity, complexity, complexity, therefore, DESIGN. It doesn’t follow. The logic is nonexistent. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect a competent person with a Ph.D. in philosophy to recognize, but no, it’s the same…

Happy Blasphemy Day!

It’s that day when you’re supposed to express your irreverence (hey, wait a minute, isn’t that every day and every minute?), and if you think there is something you should do that’s better than just wandering around uttering foul imprecations against gods and their priests, try supporting the Irish campaign to get their blasphemy law…

Meh. Some progress: 1653 words, but not very satisfied with what I got done. Scribbling away on airplanes and in airports doesn’t lend itself well to focus.

Godless gang of Maine!

We had a fine evening here at Bates College in Maine, and here’s our group photo of the elites who gathered for calamari, Maine food, and beer afterwards. Note satanic red glowing eyes. (Click for larger image) You may notice that some of us are wearing an interesting orange necklace. That’s a cephalopod from Noadi.…

The Horror Express

This train keeps rolling on into nightmare. It’s…it’s immoral. But it’s also a fact. Carry on, passengers.

Since the mere majesty and grandeur of the natural world are insufficient to provide entertainment, perhaps science coverage in the media should become something like the Weekly World News. Arthur David Horn could be a major media star. He now advocates the theory that modern man is not the result of a natural process of…