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The stupid … it increases…

Given the question, ‘Is evolution well-supported by evidence and widely accepted within the scientific community?’, 48% of Americans say ‘No’. Now, whatever about the “well-supported by evidence” clause (it is), evolution is “widely accepted” and even the anti-evolutionists admit it. Apparently nearly one in two Americans have been hit with the stupid-stick. Really, really hard.…

Designs on Darwin

I spent this afternoon giving a public talk to the Greater Phoenix Mensa Regional Gathering. The topic was the history of anti-evolutionism (largely Intelligent Design) in this country over the past twenty years. Slides (without my soft Irish accent) are available here for those that care. The slide player is a little funky and seems…

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What philosophy do you follow?

You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life. “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” “It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” –Jean-Paul Sartre “It is…

Cute overload (for PZ)

Sea otters “holding hands” at the Vancouver Aquarium. This is especially for PZ as I know he deep down really likes mammals and that whole cephalopod thing is just a front. ( Via Boing Boing.)

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I don’t have time to comment at the moment (perhaps over the weekend), but this looks interesting: The big dinosaur extinction of 65 million years ago didn’t produce a flurry of new species in the ancestry of modern mammals after all, says a huge study that challenges a long-standing theory. Scientists who constructed a massive…

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Somewhat predictably, Dembski has posted this comment by Freeman Dyson: My opinion is that most people believe in intelligent design as a reasonable explanation of the universe, and this belief is entirely compatible with science. So it is unwise for scientists to make a big fight against the idea of intelligent design. The fight should…