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Archives for February, 2007

Today in Science

February 20th 1762 – Death of Tobias Mayer, German astronomer 1771 – Death of Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist 1844 – Birth of Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist 1907 – Death of Henri Moissan, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1937 – Birth of Robert Huber, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1962 – While aboard…

McCain on Roe vs Wade

Yet another reason why John McCain is increasingly less deserving of any respect. from anyone who once thought he was a moderate Republican: Republican presidential candidate John McCain, looking to improve his standing with the party’s conservative voters, said Sunday that the court decision legalizing abortion should be overturned. “I do not support Roe vs.…

Write an essay … win stuff.

I had meant to pimp this earlier but neglected to (bad me!). Flyers at the AAAS reminded me that Evil Monkey recently announced an essay contest sponsored by the Alliance for Science: 2007 National High School Essay Contest Why would I want my doctor to have studied evolution? If you are a high school student…

The numbnut Republicans over at the Arizona State Legislature are at it again. Senate Bill 1542 passed the Senate Government Committee 4-3 along party lines and is headed for the Senate floor. Put simply, the bill would: Forbid public K-12 and college instructors from giving their partisan political opinions while teaching. Forbid specific endorsement or…

Today in Science

February 19th 1473 – Birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer 1526 – Birth of Charles de L’Ecluse, Flemish botanist 1553 – Death of Erasmus Reinhold, German astronomer and mathematician 1660 – Birth of Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist 1799 – Death of Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor 1804…

Orr on Dennett on Orr on Dawkins

H. Allen Orr responds to Dennett’s response to Orr’s review of Dawkins’ The God Delusion and basically captures my position on TGD: Daniel Dennett’s main complaint about my review is that I held Dawkins’s book to too high a standard. The God Delusion was, he says, a popular work and, as such, one can’t expect…

PZ lays a smackdown on a neurosurgeon who is one of the Discovery Institute’s 700 who are “skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life” and claims: I am asking a simple question: show me the evidence (journal, date, page) that new information, measured…

Today in Science

February 18th 901 – Death of Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician 1745 – Birth of Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist 1788 – Death of John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist 1838 – Birth of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist 1851 – Death of Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician 1924 – Birth of Humberto Fernández…

Science Literacy and Pseudoscience

This afternoon there was a symposium on “Science Literacy and Pseudoscience” that I had intended to attend but eventually missed. According to this AP story, it was revealed there that “People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an…

AAAS Update

The problem with the AAAS meeting is that so much is going on that it can be difficult to actually decide what to do. And much of what is good involves stuff happening outside of the sessions. I have run into (and dined with) people from Alliance for Science, the Clergy Letter Project, Evolution Sunday…