A Very Brief History of the Modern Calendar

HT Scott Bailey Watch until the end, it will tell you everything you need to know about the Mayan calendar and 2012. [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

I wish all readers of this blog a happy new year! (Even you Mayans, with your silly calendar!) [Read more...]

Proportional Time for Creationism: A Simple Solution to a Science Education Conflict

Many have called for “equal time” for creationism in science classes, while the vast majority of people oppose such measures. But conflicts over this issue appear time and again, wasting valuable time and resources of lawmakers, courts, schoolboards, and everyone else involved. In a comment on Facebook, Ed Babinski suggested a brilliant solution that both [Read More...]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Exclusivism, Inclusivism and Pluralism

Bob Cargill pointed out to me an article in CNN about the latest volleys in the Star Trek vs. Star Wars wars, with not only fans but actors getting involved in the controversy (and George Takei’s entertaining attempt to argue for the need for peace so as to face a common foe). To me, the [Read More...]

Creationist Legislation in Indiana

I often try to do what I can to help support those in other states who try to defend science education against those who seek to undermine it, even though state legislators are largely deaf to anyone but their own constituents. Today, news about legislation being proposed here in Indiana came to my attention, via [Read More...]

The War on New Year

Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the anniversary of the day on which a Romanian monk miscalculated the year in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born. In addition to the anticalendricals, it seems that the [Read More...]

X-Men First Class: Never Again, Ever Again

I finally got around to watching X-Men First Class, and found it not only an enjoyable superhero action movie and a satisfying prequel exploring the earlier lives of the X-Men, but also a challenging parable about the danger of history repeating itself when we most want to avoid it doing so In the first X-Men [Read More...]

A Nice Argument for the Age of the Earth

This comes from Geoffrey Pearce by way of PZ Myers: I am regularly approached by young Earth creationists… If I have the time I try to engage them on the age of Earth, since Earth is something whose existence them and I agree upon. They will tell me that Earth is somewhere between 6,000 – [Read More...]

Pat Robertson vs. Doctor Who

The key difference is that what the Doctor says is supposed to be funny. HT PZ Myers [Read more...]

Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More...]

Top Posts of 2011

2011 saw the move of this blog to Patheos and the transfer of the archives of older posts from the blog’s old home on Blogger. A retrospective seems to be in order, as the end of my first (partial) year at Patheos draws near. I won’t list top 10s, but will instead mention a few [Read More...]


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