Archives for November, 2007

The nefarious email itself

Chris Comer’s firing has been getting a lot of attention, and one question keeps getting asked: “What kind of soul-torturing electronic missive about an academic talk could be so dastardly as to result in someone getting fired merely for forwarding it?” Read on only if you are prepared to enter a Lovecraftian world filled with…

The Austin American Statesman reports that Ms. Chris Comer, Texas state director of science curriculum, was fired after forwarding an email announcing a talk about intelligent design in the Austin area. The talk “Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse,” was by Barbara Forrest, a historian and philosopher who has studied the ties between ID and earlier generations…

Q: Mr. former Attorney General, would you be willing to be waterboarded: A: “The things that I can survive, if it were necessary to do them to me, I would do” Q: Indeed. Can you think of a less awkward way to phrase that? A: Hmm. Q: Friedrich Nietzsche famously claimed “That which does not…

Julie MacDonald’s legacy

Julie MacDonald was a civil engineer inexplicably appointed to oversee the Fish and Wildlife Service. During her reign, she rewrote the scientific assessments of Interior Department biologists, sent confidential documents to a virtual friend on an online role-playing game and colluded with developers to block endangered species listings. Then just before the Democratic congress got…

Plagiarism, copyright and theft

Billy Dembski, the Isaac Newton of Information, is in trouble. He took an animation that Harvard University commissioned from XVIVO, modified it in various ways (or used a copy someone else modified), put a new title on it, and used it without permission of either Harvard or XVIVO. It appears he requested permission, was denied,…

Intellectual garbage cleanup

When did conservatives become moral relativists? It was always a petty slander when they placed that label on liberals, but it seems so odd that the torture debate of the last month resulted in such unambiguous moral relativism from staunch conservatives. For instance, Patterico responded to people’s qualms about torture by writing “Admitting any ambiguity…

Thanks

While I’ll be doling out particular thanks to individuals today, I want to take a moment while the turkey roasts to thank you, dear readers. When I started this blog, it was basically a way to stop clogging the email boxes of family and friends with my frustration at political events in the world. Pretty…

Krauze is confused. How could scientists think the extermination of the human race over the course of a few decades would be bad, bad, bad, while thinking that the gradual extinction of the species over the course of millions of years would be inevitable and of no great concern. It’s the same reason that we…

On Moral Philosophy

While the shirt preshrunk is peddling does nothing for me, I can’t argue with this: Now say what you will about zombieism, but at least it?s an ethos. Well, okay ? it?s not so much an ethos as it is an unrelenting, ravenous craving for brains. I feel that way about creationism sometimes. I start…

Random Nerdishness

I’m very fond of my cute little MacBook. It’s faster than my desktop machine, it’s light, I can watch movies on it without a problem, and I can use gestures with it. Gestures rock.