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Archives for March, 2008

Even more on Expelled in Tempe

The basic incompetence of the Expelled producers continues. This morning I received an e-mail telling me that the scheduled screening (7pm on April 3rd) as been re-scheduled for 6pm on that date. Where the incompetence of these boyos comes in is that they cc’ed a bunch of people on the message and I thus have…

I don’t watch NBA basketball. I don’t watch NCAA basketball. I used to play basketball in high school and played club basketball in college (Ireland doesn’t have the same college scene as here). The reason why I don’t watch is something Chad has hit upon when talking about Davidson’s run for the "final four": Basketball…

Monday Mustelid #11

Lutrogale perspicillata Geoffroy, 1826[image source]

Rowing … with swans

This made me laugh if only because I used to row back in Ireland: In Ireland, it is not uncommon for university rowing teams to cancel practice because there is a swan in the river. Rowing teams tend to be composed of men who are built like very large trees. Trees that bench-press Volvos. These…

Data-free framing courtesy of Nisbet

Matt Nisbet has coughed up yet another post on PZ and framing. It begins: You don’t have to be a social scientist to recognize that the distribution of opinion among people who comment at Scienceblogs is very different from the perspective found among the wider science community and even among leaders in the atheist movement.…

Don’t look down

If you have problems with heights, this may not be the job for you. (via BackReaction)

Seed has been running an interview with the British author Will Self whom I first encountered by reading his wonderful Great Apes, the cover of which – a mash-up of a human and ape – is above. Every time I see this picture, I can only think of one person …

Hitler and … Koch & Pasteur?

If it wasn’t enough that PZ is wondering why Ben Stein doesn’t have it in for Newton (what with his clear connection to Nazism), Orac now wonders: The above principles for eliminating the Jew from Nazi territory are clearly those of Pasteur and Koch, not Charles Darwin, and Hitler repeated this rationale on many occasions,…

More on PZ’s “gate crashing”

Troy Britain has done some poking around regarding the RSVP system that Expelled is using: I go through this to show that they apparently have a system (at least now) to distinguish between truly private screenings with, I would imagine, an actual predetermine guest list, and other screenings that are perhaps demographically targeted (churchs and…

Dick to the Doc to the PhD!

PZ linked to this earlier, but it’s just too good not to be posted here. Enjoy! One of PZ’s minions has transcribed the lyrics here.