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Archives for December, 2010

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a pleasant holiday—I had the strange experience of having all three kids come back to our house for the weekend. We’d just gotten rid of them all, and here they were, hangin’ about, being normal people, having a quiet couple of days together. It’s a good thing none of the…

Via Sandwalk, this is a clip of Paul Nelson praising Jonathan Wells and his godawful gemisch of bad scholarship and lies, Icons of Evolution. They were making a big to-do over the ten-year anniversary of publication of this ghastly hackwork, and here Nelson is piously praising the premise. It’s infuriatingly dishonest. Notice what he repeats…

Well, won’t that cheer us all up

The CBC has one of those awful year-end countdown shows, and this one is rather appalling. It’s a countdown of the top 10 miracles of 2010. Hey, there, Canada, I thought we were supposed to be the crazy country, while you were supposed to be the polite, serious brother! What happened? It gets worse. As…

Merry Christmas, you godless heathens!

The grand old traditions of the holidays

Did you know that if you decorate your Christmas tree with squids and octopuses and cuttlefish, like ours: …that on Christmas Eve, you’ll be visited by Santa Squid? We have our nets and harpoons and great big barrel of formaldehyde waiting by the fireplace, in hopes that the Tentacled One will stop by. We’re also…

Congratulations, Great Britain!

The country has passed a significant threshold. Christians, you’re officially a minority now. Every year, researchers from the British Social Attitudes survey ask a representative sample of British people whether they regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion and, if so, to which one? When the survey first asked these questions in 1985, 63%…

Friday Cephalopod: Child of the light

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The cartoonists are having fun with it. Jesus won’t be bringing them any presents tonight!

Episode CXXXXVIII: Santa wants to die

Say, participants in the undying thread, did you know that immortality can be a curse? 39 Degrees North: Christmas Card 2010 from 39 Degrees North on Vimeo. (Current totals: 11,566 entries with 1,223,814 comments.)

It really isn’t that hard to learn to think scientifically — kids can do it. In a beautiful example of communicating science by doing it, students at Blackawton Primary School designed and executed an experiment in vision and learning by bees, and got it published in Biology Letters, which is making the paper available for…