Archives for March, 2012

The Florida Atlantic University newspaper reports: Associate Professor Stephen M. Kajiura was reviewing with his evolution class in GS 120 for a midterm when FAU student Jonatha Carr interrupted him: “How does evolution kill black people?” she asked. Kajiura attempted to explain that evolution doesn’t kill anyone. And then, Carr became violent. Another member of…

If you wonder why I haven’t been blogging lately, it’s because I’ve been trying to keep science safe in the Volunteer State; for instance, here’s a great piece Huffington Post science editor Cara Santa Maria put together, including an interview with yours truly. If you watch the NCSE front page (and you should), you’ll see…

The Denver Post reports on a talk by hyperconservative Justice Antonin Scalia at a religious conference: The 75-year-old Scalia said that today one can believe in a creator and the teachings of Jesus without being the brunt of too much ridicule, but that to hold traditional Christian beliefs that Jesus is God and He physically…

For reasons not worth getting into, I was struck by the urge to find the history of the most common example of a loaded question: “Have you stopped beating your wife?” It’s a question that demands a yes or no answer, but either response requires the respondent to affirm a) having a wife and b)…

From The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson, Book Three of The Baroque Cycle. The Duchess of Oyonnax, in the court of Louis XIV, explains why good people do bad things: In this world there are few who would kill for money. To believe that the Court of France is crowded with such rare specimens is folly.…

This is a press release they just sent out about the effort to undo the absurd idea that “corporations are people, my friend“: TOPEKA – Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, and Ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, announced today that…