Archives for July, 2012

A conservative columnist writes at Townhall: Bloomberg to New Mothers: You Really Should Be Breastfeeding, You Know: Apparently, carrying a baby for nine months just isn’t hard enough. Don’t you think new mothers deserve a lecture about how to feed their baby…..just hours after they endure hard labor and are still in the hospital? New York…

Woodwinds and strings

There’s a tale told about grandparents who refused to take the grandkids to see a classical orchestra perform.  Asked why, they explained that it was a bad influence.  Too much sax and violins. I was reminded of that joke by fantasy author George R. R. Martin’s reply to those concerned about the graphic sex in his…

Called out

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener: We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, He Folded, and Now He’s a Darwinist Hero: We called out Carl Zimmer, he kicked our asses, and now we’re butthurt about it. Klinghoffer is peeved that when knowledgeable people are asked to abandon standard tools of scientific discourse in exchange from an…

Lucy and the football

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener, We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, and He Folded: Why won’t anyone play my game? Klinghoffer is upset that no one will come to the Disco. blog, let Disco. staff ban any outside comment, and debate the merits of the book which several Disco. staffers wrote and which Disco.…

Just imagine

As Steve Benen notes at Rachel Maddow’s blog, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker draws his governing lessons from interesting sources: Just imagine.  Then imagine that Noah had to build his ark in a capitalist market economy, and had to be able to turn a profit on the deal simply in order to start construction.  He might…

Slacktivist observes that Bryan Fischer is an AIDS denier: Tweet from Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association: “New pill stops HIV virus. But won’t stop AIDS since caused by extensive inhalant drug use, not HIV.” So there it is. Bryan Fischer is an AIDS denier. The chief spokesman of the American Family Association is an…

Sometimes someone tricks me into reading Jerry Coyne’s blog.  He tends to trot out the same bad arguments, sometimes it’s worth pushing back.  For instance, he recently set out to demonstrate that science and religion are incompatible, in part because of: the well known data on the greater prevalence of nonbelief among scientists than among the general…

Shorter Disco. ‘tute’s David Klinghoffer: Paul McBride, Darwinist Hero of the Hour: Why don’t real scientists take our book seeking to throw out all of paleoanthropology – self-published by a lawyer, an insect geneticist, and a bacterium geneticist – seriously? That paleoanthropologist who tore it to shreds doesn’t count: he hasn’t got good enough credentials. Honestly,…

Why not 6,000?

Disco. ‘tute blogger Ann Gauger wants to make something clear: There seems to be an idea on the part of some critics that my analysis in Science and Human Origins means that humans arose four million years ago. That is not the case. The very idea that anyone would think Gauger agrees with the scientific…

What’s up with Adam and Eve?

At his blog Still Monkeys, Paul McBride has done yeoman work examining the shoddy claims of the latest book from the Disco. ‘tute Press.  This book, barely more than a pamphlet, really, purports to show that the last century of research on the roots of the human race are wrong, that evolution can’t explain where…