Archives for June, 2011

NCSE wants a climate specialist

The National Center for Science Education is hiring a Climate Change Programs and Policy Director: NCSE seeks candidates for our Climate Change Programs and Policy Director. The Climate Change Programs and Policy Director’s duties will include: * counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and other concerned citizens facing challenges to climate change education; * providing information on…

Chris Mooney’s Republican War on Science is an important look at a pattern of anti-science policies by Republican politicians. When it came out, my review’s main concern was “the only paths available to a Republican party that wants to promote a religious/corporate agenda contrary to the values of the public at large is to attack…

Backfire

There’s a lot of good value in You Are Not So Smart’s take on the Backfire Effect: The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking. The Truth: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger. Lots of…

Hitchens on the Art of the Feud – NYTimes.com: according to some famous combatants, the death of the literary feud has been greatly exaggerated: the fighting will go on as long as there are writers willing to defend high principles, or at least able to pull off some devastating lines. Perhaps no one has distinguished…

Shepherd Book – Serenity: Why when I talk about belief, why do you always assume I’m talking about God? Interfaith prayer meetings face opposition; some religious leaders fear pluralism: Interfaith dialogues and worship services spread across the nation following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, … But now, some Christian leaders are reacting publicly against acceptance…

Haeckel again

Just a reminder, Haeckel’s embryo drawing were not fraudulent. He did the best he could with the resources available.

Santorum smears climate science

Politico reports on on Rick Santorum mixing it up with Rush Limbaugh: “I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler,” Santorum said. “And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 … is somehow responsible for climate…

I’m super-excited for the panel I’m organizing at this year’s Netroots Nation conference. As you may know, Netroots Nation is an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, policy wonks, policymakers, activists, and groupies. It’s an amazing event, featuring senior officials in the Democratic party, and fascinating discussions of the movement’s future, not to mention serious partying.…

Jerry Coyne is trying to do math. A new survey out from Pew finds that, as in 2007, 61% of Americans say they’d be less likely to vote for someone who did not believe in God. Coyne thinks: The unchanged level of disapprobation is a bit disconcerting, but at least gives the lie to accommodationist…

Win Ben Stein’s Movie

NCSE’s Glenn Branch is known for his nigh-omniscience, and today he got a great scoop: the production company behind schlockumentary Expelled is going bankrupt. You’ll recall Expelled: No Intelligence… as a movie so full of crap that even frontman Ben Stein acknowledges it’s best watched while high. It’s so bad that the New York Times…