Archives for January, 2012

NCSE takes on climate change

The National Center for Science Education, where I work, has focused on fighting political attacks on evolution education for all of its 30 year history. When the group was founded in the early ’80s, they didn’t choose a name narrowly focused on evolution, hoping that they’d make quick work of creationism and then move on…

A new identity?

It’s odd, people are wrong on the internet, but somehow, I can’t work myself up over it. Maybe it’s because they’re just talking in circles and making things up. Or perhaps my very identity has changed.

Belief is part of identity

Ophelia Benson has an odd idea about how identity is constructed: beliefs aren’t actually a matter of identity and shouldn’t be treated as if they were. This claim seems so obviously false that I can’t really imagine how she could have written it. We can see how this plays out in religion: there are religions…

Endlessly classy

ThinkProgress reports, Kansas House Speaker Won’t Apologize For Praying For Obama’s Death: Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) has apologized for forwarding emails from his personal account referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama,” but he has not apologized for another email using a Bible verse to essentially call for President Obama’s death.…