Archives for February, 2010

Fame

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy No hint whether Rachel Maddow picked up this story from the Huffington Post, Science Progress, Think Progress, Bad Astronomy, Pharyngula, or your friendly neighborhood TfK, but the mockery is sufficiently abundant.

South Dakota preps for Scopes IV?

I’ve got a column at Science Progress arguing just that (in my internal accounting, McLean was Scopes II, Kitzmiller was Scopes III): Legislators in South Dakota seem bent on becoming anti-science pioneers. After a century of anti-evolution policies and legislation across the United States, the South Dakota legislature is set to become the only one…

The truth matters

Commenter SLC tricked me into violating my moratorium on reading anti-accommodationist blogs, curse him. The discussion, such as it is, focuses on an essay written by Francis Collins introducing a book of essays on religious belief. Naturally, this has various people up in arms, clamoring for Collins to resign from the NIH because he repeated…

Finally

A year into the administration, after the teabagging parties and record numbers of filibusters, senior Obama advisor Axelrod finally used the magic words: The American people … all they want is an up or down vote. “Up or down vote” is the framing used by Republicans to break the last filibuster crisis, a fight over…

Shorter Shep Smith

Shorter Fox’s Shep Smith on the President’s healthcare summit: Democrats are partisan hacks for inviting the GOP to participate in healthcare negotiations even though they know GOP has nothing to offer. Oy.

This is his actual argument against allowing the Senate to pass healthcare reform by a simple majority: the United States is not going to tolerate a group of people trying apply kind of a Hugo Chavez majoritarian rule Is that why we hate Hugo Chavez now? Because of his profound commitment to majoritarian rule? Yes,…

Net.hate

There are few things that Richard Dawkins and Matt Nisbet agree about regarding science communication in the internets, but apparently there’s a general consensus that you’re a douchebag. I haven’t got strong feelings on the RichardDawkins.net forum shutdown. Dawkins is right that people were dicks to him and his staff, but the self-righteousness of this…

Judgment

Against my better judgment, I’ve read some posts by anti-accommodationists. If I decide I enjoy banging my head against a wall, I may even respond to some of them. Otherwise, I’ll have to distract myself. For the moment, I’m also playing with Twitter, so if you want to see what I’ve twat, check me out.…

Brazilian science literacy

Even though there’s a huge digital divide in Brazil, as many people use the Internet to gain science knowledge as use museums. And no other source approaches either of those. If I had to pick one lesson from this morning’s session and the afternoon session, it would be that the internet has arrived, and scientists…

Jon Miller on Civic Scientific Literacy

There’s lots to delve into in Jon Miller’s study of civic scientific literacy, not least that US student jump from poor science performance in high school to high science literacy as adults thanks largely to the mandatory year-long science course most colleges require. More important, perhaps, is the fact that (using path analyses controlling for…