Archives for October, 2007

Shakespeare vs. the creationists

At Creation Ministries International, Don Batten wonders Are look-alikes related?: My childhood best friend looked so much like me that our teachers, and even our friends, had a lot of trouble telling us apart. ?Are you twins??, we were often asked. However, there was no family connection as far back as anyone could trace. The…

Want

Ah, to live in a world with seahorse rays.

Random Ten

“Zibote” by Ernesto Djedje from the album Le roi du ziglibithy (2001, 5:52). “Thunder Chicken” by The Mighty Imperials from the album Thunder Chicken (2006, 3:11). “Ice Is A Solid” by Dorothy Collins from the album Experiment Songs (1:50). “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson from the album Stardust / One…

Teaching about ID versus teaching ID

The Disco Institute’s Rob Crowther is confused. Because the NCSE announced and linked to an ID statement by the National Council for the Social Studies, Crowther seems to think the NCSE has changed its own position. This really rests on two confusions (two of Crowther’s many confusions). First, the flawed notion that the one organization…

Heart of Darkness

The situation in Myanmar (the once and future Burma) is horrific. A beautiful country has been slowly gutted by thugs, and the world has silently watched its descent into madness. The democratically elected leader of the nation has been under house arrest for decades, and couldn’t even get her Nobel Peace Prize in person. The…

While searching for statistics on the size of bat wings, I came across this statement: Anyone who has studied the history and statistics of cricket up to the advent of roundarm bowling will agree that the single greatest controversy that the sport had to deal with pre-roundarm concerned the width of the bat.… The incident…

Making Light addresses Ben Stein’s descent into hackery, and other such cinematic chicanery. Stein is the star of a new movie the Disco Inst. is touting. To gather interviews, the producers of the film misled various folks about the name and nature of the film, and have produced a gross misrepresentation about the way science…

More DonorsChoose

In order to compete in Federated Media’s contest, I will be sending an NCSE bumper sticker to each of the first 20 donors to my challenge. One sticker demands that other drivers honk at you if they understand punctuated equilibrium, while the other announces that evolutionists (like the driver) “do it with increasing complexity.” If…

DonorsChoose

Last year (just before I joined the fold) the Scienceblogs gang teamed up with a company called DonorsChoose to help out teachers with good ideas about how to make science education better. DonorsChoose is a website that lets teachers post proposals for funding, and lets potential donors search through those projects for ideas that seem…