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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…

The hackery of Justice Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia is known for forcefully advocating his view that Constitutional questions before the Supreme Court should be decided on the basis of the original intent of the Constitution’s authors, or by considering the way society in 1789 would have viewed the language at issue. Scalia is also known for honoring this originalism as…

Genesis 2

At the time of YHWH, God’s making of earth and heaven, no bush of the field was yet on earth,no plant of the field had yet sprung up,for YHWH, God, had not made it rain upon the earth,and there was no human/adam to till the soil/adama–but a surge would well up from the ground and water…

Profiling and Sam Harris

I didn’t write about the attacks in Oslo last year because…what is there to say. The bombing and shootings are tragic, the Norwegian people have shown an admirable resilience in the face of terrorism, and wingnuts who initially tried to pin the attack on Muslims have egg on their faces. I was especially struck recently…

A couple weeks ago, the second creationist bill of the “academic freedom” generation became law. You’d think Casey Luskin, who seems to be the ringleader of the clowns pushing these bills, would be thrilled. But all he can seem to do is find reasons to be upset. First he was angry that Tennessee Governor Bill…

Evolution and religion, yet again

[Attention Conservation Notice: About 3,500 words on the factual, scientific, and philosophical problems of a paper which was surely not intended to be taken seriously as science or philosophy. Nick Matzke comes at it from a different angle at The Panda’s Thumb, and more briefly.] Evolutionary geneticist Jerry Coyne has an article coming out in…