Stranger Fruit

Archives for November, 2006

Gould and the worst science books ever

Others have noticed that John Horgan has presented his own personal list of the ten “worst science books.” Many of his choices aren’t science books per se and he obviously ignores his own excerable The End of Science which was, frankly, drivel that brought much joy to postmodernist critics during the “Science Wars” of the…

Everyone else was thinking horses

A pinto (or 20) for Casey Luskin

On Atheists, Agnostics and Dawkins

Friend Fruit asks: Has any of those people [Ed mentioned], Dawkins, Myers, et. al. advocated the elimination of religion and religious believers by stoning, disembowlment, burning at the stake, or other forms of auto de fe? I do agree that perhaps Ed’s original phrasing is a little inflammatory and should perhaps have read “religion itself,…

In which I agree with Ed

Ed Brayton writes something that I have suspected for some time now: To be honest, I’m rapidly becoming convinced that there are two very different groups involved in fighting against the ID public relations campaign to distort science education. The distinction between the two groups is that one is fighting to prevent ID creationism from…

Discover’s 25 Greatest Science Books

From here. The top ten are: 1. and 2. The Voyage of the Beagle (1845) and The Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin [tie] 3. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) by Isaac Newton (1687) 4. Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei (1632) 5. De Revolutionibus Orbium…

We bought one of these for my daughter yesterday – a Venus Fly Trap, Dionaea muscipula. Of course, the one we bought doesn’t look as good, probably due to mishandling by the retailer. I hadn’t realized that Dionaea only naturally grows in southern North Carolina and our big problem is finding a place that will give…

Einstein was a dunce

Bob Henderson is an 80 year old retired electrical engineer who thinks “Albert Einstein was a dunce.” So convinced is he of this that he has written a third book on the subject: Einstein and The-Emperor’s-New-Clothes Syndrome: The Exposé of a Charlatan. Notes the AZ Republic: Henderson was, and is, qualified to be asking these…

Saturday Football

It is Saturday and that can only mean college football. It should mean grading as I got papers yesterday, but I like to prioritize. Obviously everyone is looking forward to the Michigan v Ohio State game. I have only one thing to say …. GO BLUE! Apart from my connections to Michigan, I developed an intense…

Ask a ScienceBlogger

I haven’t done one of these in a while … this week’s AaSb asks “Who would you nominate for Scientist Laureate, if such a position existed?”

I am not a Darwinist

Larry Moran says it well: I am not a Darwinist, just as most of my colleagues in the Department of Physics are not Newtonists, and most of my friends who study genetics are not Mendelists. All three of these terms refer to the ideas of famous men (Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel) who made…