Pharyngula

Archives for February, 2010

It’s pointless for these loons to try and make their case with a goofy online poll, since we’ll just smack it down. Here’s another one. Do you believe homeopathy is an effective form of treatment? 51%Yes 49%No The evidence is all against it, and reason suggests there is no mechanism. Perhaps they ought to correct…

I hope this resolves the whole mess

Richard Dawkins has posted a clarification and apology. The key points are that he stands by Josh Timonen (and really, the vituperation against him that I saw was just absurdly excessive), the old forums will definitely be retained as a read-only archive, and the new forums are going to still allow free discussion, but the…

Sacrilege can get people killed. It can cause riots and economic mayhem. People die over a sense of offended propriety. And whose fault is that?

When we last left the never-ending thread, the subject was cooking. Eat this! One thing that annoys me in these shows is the completely uncritical acceptance of a culture’s primitive beliefs in sympathetic magic. It’s meat, people. It’s got no powers other than the basic, material ones of providing nutrients.

There was a natural disaster somewhere, so I opened my mailbox to find lots of links to Pat Robertson saying stupid things about the Chilean earthquake, like this one and this one and this one and this one. Sorry, gang, I don’t believe it. Not only do I expect that nowadays, when his staff at…

Saturday Night Penis Fencing

It’s the sport that ought to replace pro wrestling, and boxing.

The denialists are at it again in the comments, parroting the latest lie. UEA CRU’s Dr Phil Jones agrees there has been no statistically significant global warming since 1995. Wow. You’d think they’d realize that twisting the words of a scientist around 180° from what they actually said is a very bad strategy — it…

Bad, bad Webkit

I’ve been going insane this morning, thinking I might have mysteriously lost my ability to type, or even recognize valid HTML…and I’ve been seeing really weird stuff everywhere I type on the web. It looks like the problem is Webkit, the browser I usually use. I updated it this morning, and it seems to have…

It’s tough to tread that line between contempt and admiration: Jerry Coyne writes about the Templeton journalism awards. It really is a smart move on the part of the Templetonites to coopt journalists to sell their bankrupt line by tossing a good-sized chunk of money at them. One interesting revelation is that the journalism awards…

It’s tough to tread that line between contempt and admiration: Jerry Coyne writes about the Templeton journalism awards. It really is a smart move on the part of the Templetonites to coopt journalists to sell their bankrupt line by tossing a good-sized chunk of money at them. One interesting revelation is that the journalism awards…