Archives for June, 2009

More on accomodationism

In the course of a long and often annoying back and forth with Jerry Coyne, Chris Mooney comes up with a succinct explanation of where science/religion accommodation comes from: Insofar as I?m an accommodationist, then, it?s not because I don?t see the incongruity between relying on faith, and looking for evidence, as bases for knowing.…

Deep Thought

Can society persist without Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon? And will the hubbub over Michael Jackson’s death do what the Iranian government couldn’t: destroy Twitter?

What is compatibility?

Sean Carroll, one of the sharpest guys out there, says that science and religion are not compatible. I happen to think he’s using an idiosyncratic (but not necessarily wrong) definition to reach that conclusion: are science and religion actually compatible? Clearly one?s stance on that issue will affect one?s feelings about accomodationism. So I?d like…

Thomas More Law Center loses mind

Students of the creation/evolution conflict know the Thomas More Law Center as the conservative legal group who encouraged the Dover school board to undertake their disastrous policies. TMLC lost badly, and left Dover on the hook for over a million dollars in legal fees. TMLC dropped plenty of their own money on the case, too,…

Iran

I haven’t blogged about Iran at all, and I don’t really feel bad about it. Obviously, it’s the big news story, but I don’t know what will happen, and the people I’m reading don’t seem to have a clear idea either. I’m optimistic that honest election results will be posted, and that the genuine winner…

Netroots Nation is rolling out their panels for the next meeting (August 13-16, Pittsburgh, PA). It’s an interesting mix, with more than any one person can handle. If my experience last year is any guide, it’ll be a struggle just to keep up, and there will be lots of times when I’ll have two or…

A week or so ago, John West pimped a new Disco. Inst. website on faith and religion in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog. His claims were as mendacious as you would expect from looking at the site, most bizarrely inventing a movement of “new theistic evolutionists,” when the folks he names are simply repeating…

Shorter Discovery Institute

Why Aren’t Scientists Allowed to Believe In God? It’s a shame that some people try to stop scientists from believing in God. Is Darwinian Evolution Compatible with Religion? Scientists who accept evolution are wrong to believe in God. Sounds like they need to work on message discipline.

Afarensis and PZ note that the Discovery Institute is trying to hide Youtube videos criticizing their pet dachshund, Casey Luskin. Luskin Someone at Disco. has apparently been hitting his their own product, a danger in the Disco. scene. He or she thinks that they have a copyright claim on video made by Fox News. He…

Tweedy splendour

I just bought Cordarounds and am liking them very much, thank you. Their collection of gingham shorts fails to fully engage my enthusiasm, though they’ve got a seersucker short that tempts. These cords should go nicely with my Tweed Ride outfit, first deployed last Thursday for an East Bay jaunt. Tweed rides began in London,…