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Origin for sale

In what may be the only good use of Ray Comfort’s version of the Origin, a copy is up for sale on ebay, with some added signatures. It’s a fundraiser for Skepticon III, so if you’re a collector of weird memorabilia, here’s your chance.

Great bathroom reading?

I have mixed feelings about this: a first-edition copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species has been discovered, which is, of course, great — I do wish I had the pocket change to drop £60,000 to buy it for myself. The weird part is that it was found in the guest bathroom of an old house…

Ray Comfort is a parasite

In this case, it’s unintentional, though. His mangled version of Darwin’s Origin is currently the #1 result of searches for the Origin on Amazon. It’s not there honestly, though: it’s because Amazon’s indexing system has a deep flaw. It doesn’t seem to actually track which edition is the most popular…it just gladly gives Comfort’s edition…

Where Texans file science

The Hastings bookstore in Lubbock, Texas, has a peculiar way of organizing their books. But then, these are people so deeply confused that they probably rummage about fruitlessly in the Religion section looking for truth.

The latest online edition of Seed Magazine (you all know it’s gone to an all-digital format, right? You should be reading it regularly) has an interview with Richard Dawkins on his new book — it focuses on the potential for the new book to persuade people to accept the idea of evolution. I think it…

There are no more excuses. None. The defining characteristic of all arguments with creationists is how damned ignorant they are. I’m sure many scientists have been stupefied into stunned silence when they first encounter these people; these advocated of creationism are typically loud and certain and have invested much time and effort into apologetics, but…

Just because they won’t mention it…

It’s another negative review of Unscientific America. I think we’re reaching consensus on one thing: the book was awfully light on substance.

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…

You know, I think communicating science is an extremely important enterprise, one that I think scientists need to work at more. That interface with the general public is poorly cobbled together and we often seem to be working in completely different directions, producing a lot of, well, chafing, where the citizenry is off supporting some…

A book to give us all nightmares

I think I’m going to have to order this book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Jeff Sharlet, on the basis of this interview. I know, it’s Bill Maher, who drives us frothing mad with his inconsistencies, but ignore Maher and just pay attention to the story Sharlet is…