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Grace under pressure

The BBC is running an interview with Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, and it’s very good. Bell-Burnell is the woman who discovered pulsars, and until I heard this interview, I hadn’t realized how it was done. Yeah, there weren’t computers available so the reams of data came out on strip chart – paper chart – and the…

(Also on FtB)

The abuse thread

I am so bogged down in work…I’m clinging on to the faint hope of liberation as all my deadlines are past next Tuesday (and they will be met! They must!), but until then, I’m thoroughly tied up and sweating over a gazillion things that have to be finished right now. So blogging will be light…

Dawkins lionized

The New York Times has a very nice profile of Richard Dawkins titled A Knack for Bashing Orthodoxy — an an excellent choice of a title, too. (Also on FtB)

Rick Perry was asked about evolution by a kid; his answer was both condescending and wrong. “It’s got some gaps in it,” Perry continues, “but in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution…” “Ask him why he doesn’t believe in science,” the mother interjects off camera. Putting both hands on the outside of the boy’s…

Me & Thunderf00t & some comedians

We’re on the Ardent Atheist show this evening sometime. Tune in!

Yesterday, I listened to the talks by Sadie Crabtree and Carol Tavris on the art of persuasion, and how we can further our cause by applying the science of psychology. Today, I sat on a panel with Sadie and Carol, and also Phil Plait and Eugenie Scott and Jamy Ian Swiss, discussing communicating skepticism. I…

Then maybe you’ll be interested in joining the Pharyngula horde at the Garden Buffet at 6pm (and later) for whatever. It’s a Pharyngula meetup in the casino!

Kilstein coming to LA

I got to see the loud, ferocious Jamie Kilstein performing tonight, so I thought I’d let all of you in Los Angeles know that you better not miss his show on 18 July. He’ll make you tremble in fear like the good godless liberal he is.

Don’t you just love those gotcha moments from creationists? They think they’ve got you stumped with some hard question, and then it turns out to be something crazy/stupid. Did you know that all planets in our universe are on the exact same plane with the exception on Pluto. If one single planet’s orbit were to…