THE James McGrath

My friend and colleague Chad Bauman mentioned on Facebook about someone else who shares his name, but who has chosen – how shall I put it? – a different path in life. Out of curiosity, I checked to see what would happen if I typed in my name, with no added middle initial or other [Read More…]

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“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection. [Read more…]

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Full Professor

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually [Read More…]

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Professor Vader

Via Brad Matthies on Twitter.   [Read more…]

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Courage Defined

I came across several variations on the image below. It is certainly an apocryphal story, but one that may perhaps be worth commenting on. First, the sheer number of these kinds of stories and the variations on them suggest that this is an example of an urban legend. Whether it is based on any actual [Read More…]

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Required Religion

I am grateful to Stephen Carlson for directing my attention to Required Religion on Tumblr, which is gifs depicting the experiences of a religion professor. There are so many I can relate to, such as this one, depicting how a professor feels when students won’t talk: And this one, “How I feel when I find [Read More…]

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First Day of Classes

Today was the first day that the two traditional-format classes that I am teaching this semester met. Last night I had a dream that I was in front of a class on the first day. It was my class on the Bible, which I am not teaching this semester. It had almost slipped my mind [Read More…]

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A Professor’s Prayer

And a couple more great recent items from PHD Comics:   [Read more…]

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Happy End of Spring Semester!

From Prof. Gandalf… [Read more…]

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Oh, So That’s Why!

HT Peter Enns on Facebook   [Read more…]

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How to Tell Pseudoscience and Pseudoscholarship from the Real Thing

Geology professor Callan Bentley received an e-mail from the Discovery Institute asking for permission to use a photo of his. He refused, explaining why. He has shared the back and forth between himself and them on his blog (HT P. Z. Myers and Hemant Mehta). The entire thing is worth reading, but I’ll quote the ending [Read More…]

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