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Archives for March, 2007

Nearly ten years ago I started a book on Creationist misuse of intellectual history. I never finished it, which is probably for the best. The file is unfortunately MIA and all I have remaining was a section that I turned into a talk that I gave at ASU in 1999. Over the next few days,…

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Events 1960 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Townes receive the first patent for a laser. 1997 – The comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth. Births 1868 – Robert Millikan, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate 1931 – Burton Richter, American physicist, Nobel laureate Deaths 1772 – John Canton, English physicist 1840 – √Čtienne…

Following on from earlier postings (here, here and here) what follows is the fourth and final part of the talk. Enjoy! Creation History? To emphasize my assertion of the danger of Creationism to nonscientific areas, it is worth noting that Creationist scholarship outside the sciences is equally as suspect as their science (as will be…

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March 21st Births 1768 – Joseph Fourier, French mathematician 1932 – Walter Gilbert, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 1656 – James Ussher, Irish Anglican archbishop who claimed the universe was created in 4004 BCE 1762 – Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer 1795 – Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist 1980 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician,…

This evening I watched probably one of the coolest live webcasts I’ve ever witnessed – the second test launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket. Unfortunately, after stage separation, things went a little awry: To recap, the Falcon 1 rocket blasted off at 0110 GMT (9:10 p.m. EDT) tonight on a demonstration test flight from Omelek…

On “professional creationists”

Mike hits one out of the park: It took me a while to realize that the ‘professional creationists’ were not intellectually honest either. I am not referring to those who follow them, or those who are simply not very [knowledgeable] about evolution. …. Everyone can be misinformed, ignorant, or simply have not thought things through…

Four years

Iraq – 3/20/2003 to 3/20/2007 3218 US soldiers dead and 23,417 US soldiers wounded (source) 123 UK soldiers killed (source) 116 journalists killed (source) ~60,000 civilians killed (source) Number of Al-Quaeda operatives responsible for 9/11 caught in Iraq: ?

Following on from parts one and two, here is the penultimate portion of the talk. The Binaries of Creationism and The Long War To many Creationists, Darwin “merely revived ancient paganism, clothed in apparently sophisticated modern apparel, but underneath there was still the same old pantheistic materialism of antiquity”, a modern day form of the…

ASU heads to Sweet 16

The third-seeded Lady Sun Devils worked past a terrible start, and rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to beat Louisville 67-58 on Monday night to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years. Which is more than the men have been able to do.

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March 20th Events 1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity. 1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT. Births 1735 – Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist 1879 – Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist 1895 – Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist 1904 – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist Deaths 1727 O.S. – Sir…