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Archives for February, 2009

Liberal logic

See here. (HT to Errol)

Apparently Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett debated a week ago at a meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. An anonymous individual live-blogged it somewhat hyperbolically  (?The tension between the titans fills the room?) but the account is worth a read, even if it is clear that the blogger is biased towards…

Harunian omission

I’m a little put out that Turkish anti-evolutionist Harun Yahya has never seen fit to send me a copy of his Atlas of Creation while other folks here at ASU have received one. I thought I was a bigger fish than that! How does Yahya think I’m going to fairly represent his magnum opus when…

Florida joins the pack

NCSE is reporting that SB 2396 has been proposed in Florida. It will require "thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution." The bill is sponsored by Stephen R. Wise (R-District 5). Amazing how many of these bills are being sponsored by Republicans. You’d think they’d have more important things to worry…

Friday Felid #9

Sand cat, Felis margarita Loche 1858. <source>

A tough question

Zooborns asks us to ponder the question: “What’s cuter than a fennec fox?” As if there can be any reply. More photos over at Zooborns.

There?s a petition and statement going around regarding HF 183 for Iowa academics to sign. The text reads: We, the undersigned members of institutions of higher learning in Iowa, urge our legislators to reject passage of “The Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183) introduced by Rod Roberts (R-Carroll). The language of this bill comes primarily…

Creationist credentialing redux

Creationists have long used credentials to make their case for them. Demsbki has posted a link to a SSRN (i.e. grey literature) paper by Edward Sisson (who is an architect and lawyer) in which he ?relates lessons learned not only about evolution, molecular biology, and ?intelligent design,? but also about the accumulated ?bad habits? that…

I’ve written before about efforts to study jaguar (Panthera onca) populations here in the desert southwest and Mexico, most recently to note that the Bush administration had declined to formulate a recovery plan for the species in the Southwest. The following is therefore encouraging for those of us who care about these magnificent animals. Three…

A day in the life …

I gave two talks yesterday. The first was at a luncheon for ASU’s chapter of Sigma Xi. A small crowd of largely retired scientists and engineers heard me give the same talk I gave in Norman last week. Naturally, given the comparative size of the audience (400+ versus 16) the dynamic was different and I’m…