Trump, Sessions Destroying Progress in Forensic Science

Rush Holt, head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Federal Judge Jed Rakoff have an op-ed in the Washington Post rightly hammering the Trump administration, led by Jeff Sessions, for eliminating efforts to improve forensic science to make it more reliable. … [Read more...]

Stop Taking Health Advice from Celebrities

I have always found it bizarre how much stock we put in things said by celebrities. If someone is a good actor or singer or athlete, for some reason we buy the products they endorse. They don't get paid millions of dollars because no one listens to them. Michelle Dickinson points out the obvious: … [Read more...]

Trump’s Strangelovian View of Exercise

Buried in a long profile of Donald Trump is an absolutely bizarre bit of information: Trump thinks that humans are born with a finite amount of energy and that if you exercise too much -- or at all -- you will run out quicker and die younger. … [Read more...]

Hey, Let’s Put Ivanka In Charge of Climate Change Policy

Donald Trump's war on competence continues apace. He has now decided to put his daughter Ivanka in charge of reviewing federal policy on climate change. That's probably a good thing in terms of whether Trump will pull out of the Paris accords, but why on earth would anyone think she's qualified to do that? … [Read more...]

CFI Michigan at the March for Science

The Rapidian, a local Grand Rapids magazine, has an article about my home community, CFI Michigan, sponsoring this Saturday's March for Science at the state capitol. My dear friend and our program director, Jennifer Beahan, is one of the speakers at the event. … [Read more...]

Why Disbanding the Forensic Science Panel Has Consequences

Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions disbanded a scientific advisory panel on forensic science and put any reforms in the hands of police and prosecutors, NYU law professor Erin Murphy explains why this is a very bad idea that will have serious consequences. … [Read more...]

Farah is Blathering About Science and Evolution Again

There are few things more absurd than Worldnetdaily owner Joseph Farah writing about science, a subject he has zero understanding of. So it's hardly a surprise when he declares that a recent find of that may be the oldest organic material on earth is "fake news from 4 billion years ago." … [Read more...]

Christian Scientists Debunk Young Earth Creationist Film

There's a new documentary out called Is Genesis History? that is making the rounds. It's all the usual young earth creationist claptrap, of course. A group of Christian scientists at BioLogos critique the film's rampant distortions of the scientific evidence. … [Read more...]

Climate Deniers Borrow Page from Creationists

Remember that infamous list of scientists who doubt Darwinian evolution put out by the Discovery Institute a decade or so ago, the one that had few on the list with any expertise in evolutionary fields? The climate change deniers are now doing the same thing. … [Read more...]

When Real Medicine and Fake Medicine Co-Exist in Same Institution

Last week a doctor at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic wrote an op-ed attacking vaccines and it prompted quite a furor. But the key to the story is that he's the head of the Cleveland Clinic's "Wellness Institute," which provides all manner of homeopathic and evidence-free "medicine." Nor is this arrangement unusual. From Stat News: … [Read more...]

Meet Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci is a wealthy investor, host of a TV show on Fox Business and a member of the executive committee for the Trump transition team. He's also a weapons-grade ignoramus who bleats out some of the dumbest things you've ever heard about science. … [Read more...]

Most Gay Men are Possessed by Female Ghosts

The Spiritual Research Foundation says that their studies show that 85% of gay men are possessed by female ghosts. And they have a very rigorous methodology for determining that, including "seekers of God" with a "sixth sense." … [Read more...]