Archives for April, 2010

In which TfK is reviewed

Long-time readers know I’ve been trying to reduce my the number of RSS feeds I monitor, so it takes a lot to make me add a new blog to my reading, but You’re Not Helping is filled with win. The authors’ take on the importance of tone is filled with win, for instance. And their…

From TfK’s “Duh!” department, we learn via PZ that a federal judge did the only sensible thing possible about the National Day of Prayer. In a suit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation: A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional Thursday, saying the day amounts to a call for…

Gaps

James Kidder is doing yeoman work. You see, Casey Luskin of the Disco. ‘Tute took a look at the new Smithsonian Institute exhibit on human origins, and wrote: Did you get that? Ignoring the fact that transitional fossils are often missing even among taxa whose records are very complete, now Darwin’s defenders argue that their…

Skeptics and the Pope

So there’s no confusion, I’m entirely down with the skeptical movement. I’m on the board of Bay Area Skeptics (the oldest local skeptic group in the US), I’m helping organize SkeptiCal: The Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference (register now). I’ve hosted the Skeptics’ Circle blog carnival. Yay skepticism. I’ve also jumped on the recent…

Post-racial

During confirmation hearings for Justice Alito, conservatives pooh-poohed his sketchy record on race by arguing that race wasn’t an issue the Supreme Court would have to face any more. When the Voting Rights Act was challenged in the Supreme Court a little later, conservatives argued that its stronger provisions should be declared unconstitutional, and suggested…

Well that seems wildly implausible

According to this meaningless thing, the handful of people following me on Twitter (@JoshRosenau) is smarter than the horde of people following PZ Mahers on Twitter (@pzmyers). Clearly more stupid people need to start following me, or more of the smart people following me need to start saying stupid things about me. I think the…

Remember a few months back when Kevin Padian was all “The two kinds people who believe that religion and evolution can not coexist are extreme atheists and extreme religious fundamentalists”? Then a buncha people said that Padian (an atheist) was making cracks about atheists, “othering” atheists, &c? Good times. One of the arguments that emerged…

They’re onto us!

Michael at “The Bible is the Other Side” is upset. He’s been reading about the suppression of research on evolution acceptance among the American public, and doesn’t like what he sees. In particular, he doesn’t like yours truly, and the way people like me talk about science literacy: There is a myth propagated by radical…

Davey Jones’ locker overfloweth

Shorter Ned Ryun, former Bush speechwriter and twin son of disgraced former middle-distance runner and Congressman Jim Ryun: An American Armada: Conservatives must defeat the socialists who are propping up our banking system and forcing all Americans to pay money to private health insurers. To do this, they must form an armada of sorts, in…

Values and facts

Shorter Sam Harris: FAQ :: How can you derive an “ought” from an “is”?: No. This is not quite how he’d probably shorter himself, but that’s not the immediately important issue. The immediately important issue is that he thinks we could get from “is” to “ought” by saying that actions which produce the worst possible…