Archives for September, 2011

Elaine Howard Ecklund has a new paper out, building on her survey of scientists’ views on religion, research she reported in a book last year, and in a series of papers over the last few years. In this paper (press release for those of you who haven’t got access to the journal), she looks specifically…

On reading evolution polls

A couple weeks ago, Fox News released a new poll asking about evolution and creationism. It didn’t strike me as especially noteworthy, though it does show a statistically significant rise in acceptance of evolution (21% think “the theory of evolution as outlined by Darwin and other scientist” is “more likely to be the explanation for…

Kevin Drum takes up a repeated theme: GOP to Country: Drop Dead: We’ve talked before about the Republican genius for taking advantage of political norms that have traditionally been followed by both parties but have never been actual rules. This has produced a growing list of partisan ambushes like mid-decade redistricting, turning the Senate into…

Klinghoffer can’t help himself

The problems with the latest reply from Disco. ‘tute’s David Klinghoffer begin in the title. He claims: “National Center for Science Education Defends Its Association with James Fetzer, Peddler of Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories.” NCSE did not address Klinghoffer’s specious and slanderous claims; I wrote a blog post on my personal blog. The blog clearly states…

Cothran is always wrong

Martin Cothran asks: Are there really 15.1 million poor people in the United States? Short answer: Yes. Cothran doesn’t actually answer, but strongly implies that he thinks the answer is: no. To justify this, he claims: A multi-millionaire who owns several houses (with servants’ quarters), matching his and hers Bentleys, a luxury yacht, and a…

Guilt by disassociation

Shorter David Klinghoffer: Strange Bedfellows at the National Center for Science Education: Has NCSE stopped beating its wife? He’s writing in reply to my post a couple days ago. I had criticized him for comparing 9/11 “truthers” to scientists who advocate for evolution, when it’s easier to find a prominent anti-evolutionist who thinks 9/11 was…

Point-counterpoint

David Klinghoffer of the Disco. ‘tute wants to draw links between evolution and 9/11 conspiracies. In his usual long-winded way, he makes a lot of efforts to link evolution to anything evil, but doesn’t offer much beyond hand-waving to back the claim up. This must be the best he can do for the 9/11 memorial…

On Galileo

Yesterday’s post on Rick Perry’s Galileo gaffe has gotten a lot of attention, much supportive, but some critical. On twitter, historians of science Rebekah Higgit and Thony Christie have helped me sort out some of the threads. I don’t think this alters any of the basic results, but it’s worth teasing out some of the…

The plight of the pragmatic progressive

Dave Roberts writes a dialogue on the notion of growth in modern politics and economics. On one hand, he notes that economic growth has been the most powerful engine for genuinely improving human wellbeing, and on the other hand, that it’s doomed to run out, and that even as it can improve wellbeing, it typically…

In the last few weeks, and at tonight’s Republican debate, lots of national politicians have been asked their views on evolution, and lots of politicians have answered embarrassingly. We should bear in mind, as I pointed out before: Like the Miss USA contestants, most politicians (excluding those on local school boards or state boards of…