Stranger Fruit

Archives for November, 2006

Yikes!

PZ drew our attention to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s roundup of hate groups nationwide. As a public service announcement, I note that Arizona has fifteen hate groups which seems like a bloody high number to me: five Neo-Nazi groups, one Christian Identity group, two Black Separatist groups, two racist skinhead groups, one KKK group, and…

Some fundamental definitions

Someone in all this brouhaha (I can’t remember whom and can’t find the comment online) claimed that only creationists use the phrase “Darwinian Fundamentalist”. The phrase actually originated with Stephen Jay Gould (New York Review of Books, June 12 1997) for the “conviction that natural selection regulates everything of any importance in evolution, and that…

As I see it …

There is a flamefest going on at the moment regarding atheism, agnosticism and creationism and it strikes me that many of us are missing the wood for the trees. I hope most of us can agree on the following: It has been claimed that there are two broad groups within the pro-science movement: those that see…

Ranking democracies

Under Bush, the US has taken upon itself to bring democracy to other countries. However, as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy [pdf] shows, the US ranks fairly badly as a democracy itself, coming in 17th worldwide. Evaluated based on electoral process & pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties,…

Don’t like turkey? Try catfish …

I’m sure that this Thanksgiving many of us are gorged on turkey. As a respite, I give you the above … a European record wels catfish, Silurus glanis, all 8 foot and 226lbs of it.

Setting the record straight

Larry Moran seems to think that I belong to the “Neville Chamberlain ‘apeasement’ [sic] school” of evolutionists. So what does one need to believe to be part of this school? Moran, having spent long hours talking with me on these issues, and knowing me so well, can enlighten us. In short, one must believe the following:…

How to fight the good fight

I’ve been involved in the creation/evolution battle – for such it is – since 1998. Over the years, I have talked to many groups – students, concerned citizens, scientists, lawyers – on this issue and have often been asked to recommend a book that would offer the non-scientist  advice as how to deal with attempts…

A Sloth for Thanksgiving

This illustration of a rather jovial looking Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth) comes from Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber’s Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen ['Mammals Illustrated after Nature with Descriptions', 1774, Vol I II & III]. (HT to BibliOdyssey)

Academic activism

David H. Price writes: In San Jose, on Saturday evening, November 18, 2006, the rank and file members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) attending the Association’s business meeting approved resolutions condemning the occupation of Iraq and the use of torture. … The first resolution condemns the American occupation of Iraq; calls for an immediate…

As we head into Thanksgiving …

The U.N. is reporting that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October and the AP notes that this toll, the highest monthly so far, “is sure to be eclipsed when November’s dead are counted.” October also saw the death of 106 US soldiers, two from the UK and two others. 767 US soldiers were wounded.