Tomorrow I will be leaving for sunny Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the 9th North American Paleontological Convention. On Thursday I, along with fellow Panda's Thumbers Art Hunt and Richard Hoppe, will be participating in a panel discussion on “Countering Creationism.” Of course, I will be sure to emphasize that the really important thing in countering creationism is to try to offend as many religious people as possible. Browsing through the program reveals that the two big Thursday talks before our panel are from Ken Miller and Eugenie Scott. Should be interesting!
Alas, I don't generally blog from the road, so you'll just have to make do without me for a few days. Sorry about that. :(
Surely, I can't be the only Cincinnatian who read ScienceBlogs and Panda's Thumb.
Cincinnati is a jewel!
Be sure to visit a micro-brewery and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame!
Then, get the hell out before you catch something.
The Hall of Fame is in Cleveland.
Go get 'em, Jason! Have a nice trip!
Thanks for the encouragement. I'll try to do you proud.
Could be fun, but I'm not too sure about the logistics.
OOO! Visit "Dilly-Deli" in Mariemont, OH. I just went there over the weekend to see the aquarium. Good food, good beer, and good entertainment.
I recommend folks look at the abstracts for the meeting. 495 pages of some seriously good skimming. Click on he link for the meeting and look for the abstracts.
Probably see you this evening, Jason.
You were in the news.
PETERSBURG â âPraise God,â the official at the Creation Museum told the tour group, âwe are excited to have you here.â
For the 80 paleontologists, taking a break from their convention at the University of Cincinnati to tour the museum, some were skeptical, some were amused, some were offended.
But they all seemed interested to see the museum, built to tell a Creationist view of the origins of man and to rebut the theory of evolution that many of the scientists hold dear.
âI think itâs a very professional outfit and they put on a good show,â said Jason Rosenhouse, a math professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and manager of a blog on evolution. âIf you can sort of suspend disbelief, you can see why people get caught up in it.
âI hate the fact that this exists,â he added. âBut given that it exists, I can see why people would find it compelling.â
Wow! That was fast. The big trip to the Creation Museum was just this afternoon. The quote is accurate, too.
I spoke to several other journalists during the trip, but I don't know if they are going to use anything I said.
By JEFFREY McMURRAY
"The real purpose of the museum visit is to give some of my colleagues an opportunity to sense how they're being portrayed," said Arnold Miller, a professor of paleontology at the University of Cincinnati, which is hosting the conference. "They're being demonized, I feel, in this museum as people who are responsible for all the ills of society."
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