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Evidence and Evolution

Elliot Sober has a new book coming out this year, Evidence and Evolution; The Logic Behind the Science. The book is divided into four sections: The Concept of Evidence, Intelligent Design, Natural Selection, and Common Ancestry. Below are the contents of the section on ID: Darwin and intelligent design Design arguments and the birth of…

Open Laboratory 2007

The 486 nominations for Open Laboratory 2007 have been whittled down to 53 and Bora has the complete listing of the entries that will appear in book form in time for the 2nd Science Blogging Conference. I’m happy to report that my Pithecophobes of the World, Unite! Part I, Part II, Part III and Part…

And the top five novels are …

This is old news, but in 1998 Random House generated one of those "100 Best Novels" lists as voted by a panel and by readers. Interestingly there was quite the disconnect between what both groups favored: The Board’s Top 5 ULYSSES by James Joyce THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald A PORTRAIT OF THE…

Epic Takedown of Pivar

Many readers will by now have encountered the (frankly) frivolous law suit filed – for $15 million for Jeez sake- by Stuart Pivar against PZ Myers for negatively reviewing Pivar’s book Lifecode. Peter Irons – retired law professor at UCSD – has shared the following letter he has sent to Pivar: Dear Mr. Pivar: I…

Vonnegut dead at 84

This is sad. Kurt Vonnegut has died. Pessimist, existentialist and damn great writer. As he said in God Bless You Mr Rosewater: “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s…

Once again, my sheep-like characteristics manifest themselves and I find myself dutifully following Orac, PZ, Bora, Joseph, John, Rob, and Afarensis in listing (in bold) those of the “Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years” that I have read.

The key is not to panic

The more astute among you will have noticed that I have been awol more-or-less for the past week. I have a major deadline to hit on Friday and once that is done (and I have rested) I will resume my usual posting. For the moment, check out four books that I am currently reviewing for…

The Open Laboratory is now open!

Bora is pleased to announce that The Open Laboratory is now available for purchase as an e-book or dead tree. Relive the finest moments of science blogging in the comfort of your armchair. Thrill, as yours truly expounds on Darwin and Marx without the aid of a safety net (or spell-checker). 336 pages of sheer…

How to fight the good fight

I’ve been involved in the creation/evolution battle – for such it is – since 1998. Over the years, I have talked to many groups – students, concerned citizens, scientists, lawyers – on this issue and have often been asked to recommend a book that would offer the non-scientist  advice as how to deal with attempts…

A Sloth for Thanksgiving

This illustration of a rather jovial looking Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth) comes from Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber’s Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen ['Mammals Illustrated after Nature with Descriptions', 1774, Vol I II & III]. (HT to BibliOdyssey)