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We here at Terra Sig are peripheral to Teh Atheist Cabal at ScienceBlogs so I had to do a consortium-wide search to be sure no one like PZ, revere, or Laden wrote about this lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics is suing President Bush, the…

Escalating lunacy

It’s a lovely crescent moon this evening up here in the Northern Hemisphere so I can’t blame the latest unbelievable and irrational happenings on a full moon (which would be unscientific, of course). Okay, maybe sunspots? First, the Bush administration was proposing draft legislation to grant medical professionals the right to withhold care, prescriptions, etc.,…

Unlike the blogosphere and some unhinged stakeholders, I’ve been quietly watching the PZ Myers crackergate episode unfold. My concerns have been less theological than educational, primarily because I am the beneficiary of an arm of the University of Florida public higher education system. I’ve been beating my head against the wall as to why the…

I’m not sure whether this story qualifies as alternative medicine or religion, or neither. I throw it out to you because I and other sci/med bloggers widely criticize the infiltration of so-called alternative medicine in our academic medical centers. But here in today’s Health Journal section of the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Beck tells us…

Sunday morning guffaws

Following last week’s outtakes from church bulletins, the synthetic organic chemist who goes by Milkshake of Org Prep Daily sent along this for our pleasure.

Yes, this is a science-related post, just a little off topic. We don’t talk about religion much around these parts because my Catholic school upbringing and torture by nuns gives me PTSD. But I grew up in a place where your family was either Catholic or Jewish – equal-opportunity guilt. So it is with painful…

Readers and colleagues often ask why scientists care to blog, especially given increasing time demands and decreasing research funding. For me, the blog is an opportunity to have discussions with colleagues from diverse research areas all around the world. Quite often, I learn something quite new that I would not normally encounter in my chosen…

From “Lesser Known Wise and Prophetic Words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by liberal writer and California Democratic Party delegate, Deborah White: “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not…

I don’t even know where to begin with this beautifully-crafted but very sad article in today’s Wall Street Journal (sub req’d..sorry) by Suzanne Sataline. This has all the features that are sure to send PZ Myers and Orac convulsing in a corner somewhere. As detailed in FDA allegations from an ongoing investigation as reported by…

Religion and pediatric medicine

A week after my colleague Orac posts on the conundrum of bringing religion into medicine, Michael Conlon reports on a nurse’s book about how religious and cultural influences can compromise medical care: Any nurse can walk into a bad situation. The one Luanne Linnard-Palmer can’t forget came as she readied a little boy for a…