Breaking News: Neutrinos Really DO Travel Faster Than The Speed of Light!

I just had this bit of science news pop up on a blog I subscribe to: OPERA Confirms: Neutrinos Travel Faster Than Light!! It appears that the result has been scrutinized more carefully, and turns out to be correct. What this will mean for physics – and the future of interstellar travel some of us are [Read More...]

Religion, Science, and Deduction

I find it bizarre that critics of evolution who claim that science is simply guessing, and that one cannot draw conclusions about past biological evolution based in present evidences, do not see how this undercuts their own claims every bit as much, if not more so. Religious fundamentalists, of the sort that offer pseudoscientific critiques [Read More...]

Monkeys, Typewriters and Evolution

It is a famous analogy which has been used by both sides in the evolution debate: If you give one or more monkeys typewriters and an infinite amount of time, supposedly they will eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare. The necessary rationale for that is of course infinity: in an infinite amount of time, [Read More...]

Creationists: Postmodernists of Convenience

Although proponents of both young-earth creationism and intelligent design typically show signs of great (and unwarranted) confidence in their viewpoints, when it suits them, some of them will happily say that they are dealing with the same evidence as mainstream science, and it is only their presuppositions (which they assume are correct) and their interpretation [Read More...]

Judgment Day

This is the PBS NOVA documentary about the Dover trial related to Intelligent Design. HT Jerry Coyne [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationists Undermine Confidence in the Bible

In a discussion with a young-earth creationist here on this blog recently, it was illustrated once again how those with such a perspective are willing to simply make things up to try to bolster their viewpoint. One example is the evidence for the age of the earth provided by chalk deposits. Chalk is formed through [Read More...]

God Sends Earthquakes

In response to the Oklahoma earthquake (and pastor Paul Begley’s religious interpretation of it) I thought it appropriate to offer an adapted version of an image I’ve shared before: That is of course the impression of God that Pat Robertson and others like him give all the time when they offer similar comments. Rather than [Read More...]

Why is Ken Ham Believed?

That question, “Why is Ken Ham believed?”, is an important, insightful and puzzling one raised by RJS on the blog Jesus Creed. As that post, “Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 1,” points out: Ken Ham, with no scientific credentials, no credentials in biblical scholarship, no evidence, and no research program, has become the front person, [Read More...]

Are Science And History That Different When It Comes To Denialism?

Via Phil Plait, a hilarious video from Jon Stewart on how challengers to science do what they do. Since I can’t embed it, here are links to it on Hulu and on the Daily Show web site. Can anyone really say that the real opponents of science that are parodied in the video are fundamentally [Read More...]

Bye Bye, Google Reader Sidebar (Hello Free Bible Versions and The Center for Unintelligent Design)

Google Reader has changed, and since one can no longer share items from Google Reader to a sidebar widget, that feature has been removed from this blog. I’m sorry to see it go. I will continue to share items of interest via Google+, Facebook and Twitter, so please do connect with me in one of [Read More...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]


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