Archives for November, 2006

I haven’t weighed in on the Larry Moran/Ed Brayton/etc. squabble over the different motives people have in the creationism wars. My feelings are well known, I’m in Ed’s camp, and I frankly don’t see why the Moran camp cares so much about what people believe. And I’m glad that I haven’t written anything, because Stranger…

Thanks given

Over the last two years Thoughts from Kansas went from a blip on the side of the infotainment highway, to a privileged place in the political and scientific blogosphere. We started writing occasional complaints about the political abuse of scientists and comments on the culture wars. Then we tangled with a Christian Reconstructionist who wanted…

Happy Thanksgiving

Gobble gobble. Go spend time with your family.

Stupid is as stupid does

DaveScot, apparently just having figured out PZ Myers’ first name, has a problem: I have a problem with these people in that they arbitrarily limit what science can potentially explain. The so called supernatural remains supernatural only as long as there?s no metric by which to measure it. Once a metric is discovered the supernatural…

The KGB is here!

The Kansas Guild of Bloggers has busted down John’s door with the best Kansasish blogging of the week. Next Monday it returns to Thoughts from Kansas, so be sure to pass your best blogging on.

Corkins flies the coop?

Bob Corkins is the classic lame duck. Since August, he knew that the first action the new Board would take in January was to can him and start looking for a replacement. He has only been on the job for a year, and has managed to get most school administrators and teachers against him. And…

The Journal World points out how turkey populations are changing in Kansas: In the 1950s the only places where turkeys could be found in Kansas were along the southern border where they had crossed over from Oklahoma, [small game coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks] Pitman said. ?It?s my understanding that before…

Sandy Levinson tackles the issue of Religion and politics after reading Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign by Michael Honey: Almost every single chapter of Honey’s book makes clear, once more, the absolute centrality of churches to the civil rights (and labor) movement in Memphis. This is most obvious…

Nomination for Stupidest Man Alive

Brad Delong has some excellent nominees, but Casey Luskin takes the cake. Casey culminates a three part critique of an article about evolution in a popular magazine by asking: Was the Ford Pinto, with all its imperfections revealed in crash tests, not designed? Apparently, the vertebrate eye is backwards because God decided it was cheaper…

Self-refuting headlines

The IDosphere (IDome?) is oddly enthusiastic about an article in the Christian Post about Paul Nelson’s attempts to defend ID. The problem is, the title of the piece refutes itself: Intelligent Design Defended by Unsolved Genetic Puzzle. Set aside (at least momentarily) the issue of whether the author intended to refer to Nelson as an…