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Archives for January, 2009

Friday Felid #5

Chinese mountain cat, Felis bieti Milne-Edwards 1892

Mike Majerus

Nick Matzke over at PT has just made me aware that Mike Majerus had passed away after a sudden illness. Those of us who have followed the ID issue will know Majerus from the studies he did of melanism in peppered moths Biston betularia and the empirical work he did to refute the nonsense spouted…

I’ve been picking on creationists for a number for years now, so it is somewhat strange for me to come out and offer one a gold star but, hey! Todd Wood, a YEC at Bryan College had had a paper accepted over at Answers Research Journal that gives his take on the whole ridiculous “Darwin…

I?m quoted in a press release regarding a teacher training workshop (the ?Evolution Challenges Workshop?) we?re giving at ASU to help middle and high school teachers teach evolution. Money quotes: Studies have shown that ?16 percent of high school biology teachers are essentially young earth creationists who deny human evolution, with only 28 percent accepting…

Apparently I have to take 12 9 days of unpaid furlough before May 15th. And it can?t be days I teach on, i.e. it has to be Monday or Friday. All because the Republicans in the state senate want to gut K-16 education in Arizona. Seriously, in a state that hasn?t raised state taxes in…

Obama said: “My administration will not deny facts — we will be guided by them” And then actually began to do something about climate change. A good start.

Brian Metscher has reviewed the ID ?supplementary textbook? Explore Evolution for the journal Evolution & Development. Metscher describes the work as 159 glossy pages of color-illustrated creationist nostalgia All the old favorites are here ? fossils saying no, all the Icons, flightless Ubx flies, irreducible flagella, even that irritating homology-is-circular thing. There are no…

Friday Felid #4

Asian golden cat, Catopuma temminckii Vigors & Horsfield 1827 <Click for larger version> <source>

Still here …

I’m still here, just still too busy to blog this week. Tuesday was the opening class for my Socratic seminar, Wednesday was the first session of my lecture course (and a faculty meeting). Today, I have a Socratic discussion of Hesiod. So I’m guessing it will be Friday before I post again. To tide you…

A few days ago I highlighted the current state of the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Nigel Monaghan, the Keeper of the museum, contacted me and has kindly allowed me to repost a piece he wrote for Museum Ireland on the past and future of the museum. Enjoy!