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Archives for January, 2013

Creationism and racism

When I visited the Creation “Museum”, one thing that shocked me was this display: At the time, I pointed out the pernicious nature of this claim: With complete seriousness and no awareness of the historical abuses to which this idea has been put, they were promoting the Hamite theory of racial origins, that ugly idea…

Friday Cephalopod: Got my eyes on you

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It’s all Matt Dillahunty’s fault. He tells me he’s carrying on a correspondence with some guy who claims to have an alternative theory of evolution, and asks me to help him wade through the gobbledygook…so I did. I just didn’t realize how much gobbledygook there was. The guy is named Eugene McCarthy, and he calls…

Diatoms…iiiiin spaaaaaaaaaaace!

You all know that the Journal of Cosmology is complete crap, right? In addition to some of the worst web design ever — it looks like a drunk clown puked up his fruit loops onto a grid of 1990s-style tables — the content is ridiculous, predictable, and credulous. Their big thing is seeing life in…

The death of Aaron Swartz

Many of you already know that Aaron Swartz, an online activist, committed suicide earlier this week. I didn’t know much about him, but now I’ve learned two things. One, he was a victim of depression. I’ve never experienced this personally — at worst I can say I’ve been sad and stressed at time — but…

Botanical Wednesday: Starry moon

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(via RENCTAS, an organization that fights wild animal trafficking in Brazil)

We’re coming up on Burzynski’s 70th birthday — it’s a bit ironic that the man responsible for so many shattered hopes has had such a long life himself — and there is a plan to remind him of the grief he has caused. Burzynski, if you’ve forgotten, is the guy who claims to have a…

Last spring, the All England Squid Fishing Championships took place, in which hundreds of fishermen strove to catch the largest squid. Unfortunately, the weather was not conducive to good fishing, and they caught nothing. Well, except for one person who discovered this cute little guy cling to his jig. The winner! This gives me hope.…

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