Richard Mourdock and “Gifts from God”

Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate running to represent Indiana in the Senate, has caused a great deal of controversy with a remark he made in the context of a discussion of whether abortion should be allowed for rape victims. His reply included the following: I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point [Read More...]

The Latest on the Indiana Creationism Bill: Adding Still Other Views on Creation

“Unconstitutional Crusade Hurts Critical Thinking” is the title of a letter to the editor which appeared in today’s Indianapolis Star about the creationism bill that is going before Indiana’s senate. You can read it online. Also in the news today, as reported by the Daily Reporter and Skeptic, was the fact that the bill was [Read More...]

SB 89 Creationism Bill Vote in Indiana Senate Monday

I received this e-mail from the NCSE, which I assume the author will not mind me reproducing here in order to get the word out as quickly and effectively as possible: Dear Indiana NCSE members and friends, As you probably know Senate Bill 89, which would permit the teaching of “creation science” in Indiana science [Read More...]

Petition Against Indiana’s Creationism Bill, Senate Bill 89

Most have probably already heard the news that the proposed creationism bill was approved by the education committee (the bill’s author chairs the committee, so not too much surprise there). This need not mean that it becomes a law when the senate votes on it. A petition has been created to express opposition to the [Read More...]

PIPA and SOPA Blackouts

Very shortly, Wikipedia and many other sites around the internet will be going dark for a day. When I mentioned this in class today, most students didn’t know about it. Since many people will be Googling PIPA and SOPA trying to figure out what is going on tomorrow, and Wikipedia ironically won’t be there to [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...]


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