Archives for April, 2010

Simple answers to stupid questions

PZ asks “Am I to be the next enemy of the NCSE?“: No. This has been your April 13, 2010 edition of simple answers to stupid questions. Most of the rest of the piece is not really worth addressing, but I’ll note a rather serious error in PZ’s opening paragraph: I’m a little worried. Jason…

Not a joke: How are the heads of the Catholic Church and Massey Energy similar? Joseph Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, is in trouble. Increasing evidence is emerging that he quashed internal investigations and discipline of priests accused, and even convicted, of pedophilia. This is very bad. Every new revelation about then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s actions have…

WATB

Shorter Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: Wah! I mean, can you imagine how the Republicans would react if a Democrat said this: Speaker Pelosi likes to call the Republicans the ‘Party of No.’ Some of us, we don’t like the way that sounds. It hurts our feelings. … Speaker Newt Gingrich said yesterday the Republicans need…

Point Counterpoint

At Bill Dembski’s blog, Clive Hayden reads my law review article and finds it to be “inaccurate,” “prideful,” and “a kind of disconnected cluster of arguments that reads like a brainstorm (concerned with quantity of arguments over quality), that could only persuade the uninformed.” Meanwhile, an email correspondent affiliated with a natural history museum writes:…

Why not both?

Atrios is confused: One thing I’ve never quite figured out about the wingnut brain is whether their readiness to kill tens or hundreds of thousands of innocent people with nukes is because they see the nukes as a giant external penis or if they just have psychotic death cult psychology and like the idea of…

Science magazine reports: In an unusual last-minute edit that has drawn flak from the White House and science educators, a federal advisory committee omitted data on Americans’ knowledge of evolution and the big bang from a key report. The data shows that Americans are far less likely than the rest of the world to accept…

ID’s legal status considered

I’ve never written a law review article, and my first stab at the genre turned into a bit of a beast to wrangle. While most of the papers in the journal ran to perhaps a dozen pages, mine weighs in at 68, in which I offer a brief exploration of evolution for the lawerly set,…

At odds with the Bible

The Discovery Institute Media Complaints Department issues a missive about a University of Arizona panel on creationism. Amidst the usual whinging about the failure to include the mainstream scientists and historians who totally support ID, we get Disco. hanger-on David Klinghoffer’s insistence that: whatever else may be said for or against ID, it’s clearly at…

Correct, Crank, or Crazy?

So the other day Sam Harris was asked to speak to the TED conference, and he presented what he believes to be a basis for scientifically validating morals and values. This is interesting, as most people who’ve studied the issue have concluded, for pretty compelling reasons, that this is not the sort of thing that’s…

Nature, Science merge

In an exciting move that should revolutionize scientific publishing, Nature and Science have merged, creating a new, combined publication that can withstand the difficult financial environment for science journalism. The journal’s editor refers to its business model as “Web 3.0,” but some experts still question its relevance to the modern media environment. In an interview…