Archives for June, 2011

Last night, several folks on twitter expressed similar concerns about the wording of the survey I created and blogged about a couple days ago. Some folks taking the survey were confused about whether I wanted respondents to rate the answers by whether or not they answered the question, or by how well the ideas expressed…

Because Nobel laureate Werner Arber is addressing evolution at the Landau meeting of Nobel laureates, I thought I’d repost this piece from January 21, 2009, which was first posted from the Texas Board of Education meeting room. Enjoy. In November, the Texas Board of Education met to consider their new science standards. As I’ve mentioned…

Prompted by some questions on twitter and elsewhere, I’m working on some research based on the much-discussed Miss USA answers to a question about evolution. I’d like your help with that research. I need to come up with a consistent rating of the contestants’ answers, and I created a survey that you can use help.…

On bad evangelism

In Slacktivist Fred Clark’s regular Left Behind blogging has reached a point in the novels where an Orthodox rabbi has gone on TV to explain that Jesus is the Messiah, and Jews should all be Jews for Jesus. One of the novels’ protagonists (who found Jesus after seeing a billion or so people killed raptured)…

Exhibits A & B?

PZ writes: Not the puppy dog!: Religion really does make people crazy. Here’s a story about a dog who walked into a Jewish court. “The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.” “It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular…

The nature of the supernatural

Astronomer Phil Plait notes a webcomic addressing testability and the supernatural, and makes an odd endorsement of this position: there’s no such thing as the supernatural. Either something is natural — that is, part of the Universe — or else it doesn’t exist. If you posit some thing that has no perceivable or measurable effect,…

Must-read of the day

Daniel Loxton does the yeoman work of unearthing much of the history of Skepticism’s Oldest Debate: A Prehistory of “DBAD” (1838-2010). It’s too good throughout to even try pulling out a summarizing quote, so seriously, read the whole thing, and see how skeptics have been telling one another not to be so dickish since around…

Fame: Dr. Kiki edition

I taped this back in April, and forgot all about it until I just found it online. Enjoy! Dr. Kiki and I chatted about science education, controversies in science classrooms, and related issues. It was inspired by this presentation.

On the divided left

Sir Charles says he’s glad he didn’t come to Netroots Nation this year. Reading about a panel on LGBT rights and immigration, he sees too many people claiming the President failed, rather than realism about the political system’s current state: It seems pretty clear to me that Obama is moving toward a pro-marriage equality stance.…

Netroots Nation

I’ll probably be blogging here and there from Netroots Nation in Minneapolis, but you’re likely to see much more action on my twitter account: @JoshRosenau