Hello Higgs!

The shower of high velocity subatomic particles produced by particle accelerators can seem like fireworks. And so it is nice that it is on the 4th of July that the official announcement was made by the scientists who have discovered the heaviest boson yet, which will either turn out to be the long sought after [Read More...]

Wait Just a Second!

Most readers will have already heard that a leap second will be inserted just after midnight tonight. If you are someone who obsessively ensures that their clocks are set just right, the thought that you can have it set perfectly when you go to bed, and when you wake up it will be a second [Read More...]

How Many Young-Earth Creationists Accept Genesis 1:16 Literally?

I wonder how many self-proclaimed Biblical literalists actually take Genesis 1:16 completely literally. I’ve asked before about the earlier part of the verse, which seems to imply that the moon is a source of light in the same way as the sun is. But today I’m asking about the very final statement, “He made the [Read More...]

Ken Ham is a Con Artist and Wants Other Christians To Be Con Artists Too

The phrase “con artist” developed from the phrase “confidence man” which later became shortened to “con man.” The original focus in the term “con” was not on the swindling of the victim per se, therefore, but on the means of doing so: gaining the victim’s confidence, often through the perpetrator speaking with confidence and in [Read More...]

One Primate’s Fall is Another Primate’s Progress

For those interested in theology, I encourage you to reflect on this perspective on humanity’s distinctiveness among the primates on this planet. That which distinguishes us as human beings is responsible for most things that are wrong on this planet – and most of what we consider to make life worth living. I think this [Read More...]

If You Insist On Presenting “Alternatives”…

Today’s Non Sequitur, via The Panda’s Thumb [Read more...]

Ancient Alien Hassles

HT Jim West (Jason Colavito and Michael Heiser have some more serious thoughts on some less serious “authorities” than the above cartoon with respect to ancient aliens) [Read more...]

The Letters after this Candidate’s Name are Apparently BS

I feel the need to comment on the irony in recent events involving Matt Arnold, a Republican running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, as reported in today’s Inside Higher Education. Arnold claimed to have a Masters degree which was never awarded since he never submitted his final thesis, although apparently he did [Read More...]

Chicken Little Credo?

Several posts around the blogosphere have converged on a single point, and I have wanted for some time to share some links and chime in myself. I think it first started for me with the convergence of two posts on the same day in my feed reader. The first was on the blog Brick by [Read More...]

First Contact?

A Facebook friend shared this, and it seemed worth passing along. Reflecting on possible alien religious beliefs, and how they might or might not resemble those of human beings, is a great thought experiment. So what do you think? Is the scenario in the cartoon possible, in your view? Would you be happy, or disappointed, [Read More...]

Transit of Venus

I went with my wife and son to see Venus as it transits across the sun for the last time in our lifetime (at least from the perspective of our planet), at the Holcomb Observatory on the Butler University campus. We got there a little late, in terms of when first contact was, and those [Read More...]


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