Archives for January, 2010

On fiction, again

Some time back, we had an interesting discussion about whether fiction contains truth or not. I tended to think it did, though a different sort than that found in science textbooks, while some commenters argued that no, fiction might have metaphor and analogy and references to the author’s state of mind or whatever, but did…

Yes, Virginia, there really are YECs

Max Lampenfeld of Lehigh Township is upset. The Allentown, PA Morning Call had an illustration referencing the Big Bang, and Max won’t take that lying down: The disturbing part of the article is the way the ”Big Bang” is presented as fact, when it is only a theory and cannot be proven, at least not…

Remembering Dr. King

In his proclamation honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, President Obama reminds us of the value of service, and of the value of education. “Education can unlock a child’s potential and remains our strongest weapon against injustice and inequality,” the President writes. Education was at the center of the civil rights movement, and equal access…

Headline of the day

According to the Oakland Tribune: Bag of bones goes missing in Atherton. And yeah, it was a real bag of human bones. A police search and rescue dog was doing a demonstration, after which, according to the Tribune “the organizers accidentally left the bones behind overnight inside a black plastic bag.” This forced a new…

Drumroll please

NCSE’s Eugenie C. Scott has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the most prestigious award from the most prominent scientific honor society in the nation (at least). Care to guess the reaction at Billy Dembski’s place?: I’m heartened to see our tax dollars working to such good effect. The NAS is…

Shorter Rick Perry

Texas Shuts Door on Millions in Race to the Top Education Grants: Funding public schools doesn’t make any sense. Actual Rick Perry: “We would be foolish and irresponsible to place our children’s future in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and special-interest groups thousands of miles away in Washington.” Better, I suppose, to place their future…

Opinion pages

I stopped reading the New York Times op-ed page after they put it behind a paywall. It turned out that I could get smart economic commentary from Brad Delong without having to pay the fee to get Paul Krugman. I could get a diverse range of voices by reading other blogs, and never had to…

Bill Dembski: Creationist

Billy Dembski is concerned. His latest book, The End of Christianity, was attacked by a Baptist minister as a work of theistic evolution, and Dembski defended his honor by charging that windmill: Johnny T. Helms’ concerns about my book THE END OF CHRISTIANITY as well as his concerns about my role as a seminary professor…

This headline is hardly news, but still noteworthy. A few days ago, Todd Wood (a young earth creationist from Bryan College, in Dayton, TN) noted an article in ICR’s Acts & Facts on trilobite tracks by his predecessor at Bryan, creationist Kurt Wise: “Why would dozens of feet of rock have tracks but not the…

Jan 8, 2010: Bruce Chapman, President of the Discovery Institute: Warming’s Alarm-Ringer Stilled by U.K. Chill: Prime Minister Brown is one of the world’s most outspoken alarmists on global warming. He presently is one of the quieter spokesmen on the subject of his freezing country. Leading to Marginally Shorter Bruce Chapman: People with fevers don’t…