Archives for September, 2010

Across the aisle

My post yesterday about Pew’s religion poll has generated a certain amount of discussion, though mostly about a point that I phrased poorly and ought to rework to clarify. I’m getting general pushback on my suggestion that atheists did better on this survey because they are book smart about religion, but lack experiential or emotional…

Religious illiteracy

Martin Cothran (cf.) demonstrates that he’s a religious illiterate, writing: It’s Banned Books Week again: You know, the week where we talk about all of the books religious parents have objected to in schools, but where we ignore the fact that religious books were prevented from making it into schools in the first place? In…

Mindless indeed

Disco. club owner Bruce Chapman is upset. He saw a report from Saturday which claimed that the UN had someone in charge of meeting aliens if they landed. Two days later, he therefore launched a breathless critique of the obviously Darwinian influence on this decision, a blog post he titled Evidence of Mindless Evolution at…

Living in Hope

The more I watch Christine O’Donnell’s riff on evolution, the more sure I am that Christine McDonnell would, had she not been interrupted, have told Bill Maher, “even Darwin himself renounced evolution on his deathbed.” Alas, she only got through “even Darwin himself?,” but I think we’d all have been treated to the Lady Hope…

Christine O’Donnell

There are no words. Delaware, you disappoint me.

Deep thought

Rolling out big federal bucks to fund merit pay for teachers the day after a major report found no benefit from merit pay was probably poor timing.

Ed Yong has a great blog post up asking Should science journalists take sides? He rightly answers: yes, “a commitment to the view from nowhere has many problems.” Among those problems, this opinions-on-shape-of-earth-differ style is “a disservice to journalism,” reflective of “laziness” and “a poor understanding of one’s audience,” and a sign of “naiveté” among…

On dickishness

Not to reopen raw wounds, but reposting my talk from Netroots Nation reminded me of two other sessions I attended, both on the theme of snark and satire. Unfortunately, video from the one I want to talk about today is not yet online. As you’ll recall, sciencebloggers and skeptics were really bored over the summer,…

Supporting Science, Benefitting Society

That’s the full video from my panel at Netroots Nation this summer. Mark Sumner (DailyKos’s DevilsTower, and the author most recently of The Evolution of Everything), Greg Dworkin (DailyKos’s DemfromCT), and Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (co-authors of the excellent and important Merchants of Doubt.), joined me to talk about threats to science in today’s…

Atoning

David Klinghoffer is looking for reasons to apologize. That’s all I can conclude from his latest post at the Disco. ‘tute blog: On Yom Kippur, Considering the Moral Meaning of Theistic Evolution. He writes about the Yom Kippur liturgy, probably the holiest moment in the Jewish year, when we apologize to those around us for…