Archives for November, 2011

Last April, I blogged a paper by Will Gervais, that showed you could increase people’s trust of atheists by simply telling them about how prevalent atheists are in their community. As I said at the time, the result isn’t surprising and I didn’t think it had any bearing on the debates over New Atheism per…

The Discovery Institute is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Darwin on Trial, the mediocre book that inspired their movement. As part of the celebration, David Berlinski pounded out one of his typical droning missives from his recliner in Paris. As happens so often with the Disco. ‘tute, there’s little novelty to the argument, but along…

What’s next for the 99% movement?

This morning, OaklandBecks tweeted: I just realized that this is the first morning since Oct 10 that there have been no #occupyoakland camps in Oakland. I’m not sure that’s an entirely bad thing. The camps were an effective protest for a long time, but it may well be time for the movement to move on.…

Marie-Claire Shanahan teaches science education at the University of Alberta, and blogs about her own research and about the state of science education (and science education training: science education education if you will). Her latest post summarizes her findings from reviewing science teaching guides going back over a century: Educators, critics, and scientists often argue for…

More misogyny from the Disco. ‘tute

Disco. ‘tute president Bruce Chapman is upset. There are ladies with their bloomers in a twist over something or other that they claim Herman Cain said. Let’s read Chapman and see if we can guess what Cain is supposed to have done: A number of significant insights are emerging from the charges of sex harassment…

A month ago, I posted a link to an op-ed in the LA Times which referred to as-yet unpublished research which purported to show no difference in science literacy between people who don’t take part in religion and evangelical Christians. Then I did my own analysis of the data, which found significant differences between evangelicals…

Solidarity forever

Hand in hand together We shall not be moved “We Shall Not Be Moved,” Trad. civil rights song On Wednesday, November 2, the people of Oakland peacefully, politely, closed downtown Oakland and the Port of Oakland ? the nation’s fifth busiest port. It’s hard to say how many people spent at least part of their…

Why we strike

Sorting through the 320 photos I took at the Oakland general strike today will take some time, as will getting all my thoughts together for a blog post. Meanwhile, here’s a mini-essay I posted on twitter. Each point was scheduled to go up at half-hour intervals, starting at 8 am, running through 8:30 pm. I…

Strike

Tomorrow, November 2, will be a general strike in Oakland. The move was approved nearly unanimously by the roughly 1600 people voting at last week’s Occupy Oakland general assembly, held the night after police from Oakland and several surrounding areas attacked nonviolent protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, flashbang grenades, and nightsticks. The plan…

Photos from Occupy Oakland

Due to technical problems with my computer, I lost a long blog post I wrote last week about Occupy Oakland. It was a report on the meeting held the night after Oakland police attacked peaceful protesters, hospitalizing an Iraq veteran and others, teargassing people in wheelchairs and protesters (including children) already in flight. I also…