Evolution Heavyweights Are Asking Georgia University to Investigate Professor Accused of Preaching Creationism

At Georgia Southern University, History professor Dr. Emerson T. McMullen (below) teaches courses that discuss science and dinosaurs. Sure, there’s a connection between them… but that’s worth looking into, right?

He also has a personal website, not technically affiliated with the school (but still hosted on its servers), where he goes into much more depth about his beliefs… and his apparent support of Creationism.

That alone might be okay. He’s allowed to hold that belief. But if he ever preached it as true, that would obviously be a problem. And that’s precisely what he’s doing, according to a joint letter sent to the university’s president by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Jerry Coyne, and Richard Dawkins.

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Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Spreads Misinformation About Vaccines, Says “I Am Not Anti-Vaccine”

True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, “Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness or our friendship is over.”

Her response: She couldn’t do it because the “rules” of the interview said that topic was off-limits.

Turns out something similar was in place for The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove, but he tried, anyway:

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Apparently, No One Understands That Catholics Are Generally Accepting of Evolution…

Every time Pope Francis says something, it seems to make worldwide news… even when his statements aren’t all that interesting. His latest speech, about the compatibility of religion and science, is no exception.

In a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis explained how he, like pretty much all Catholics, believed in God-guided evolution:



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This is How Much Damage Anti-Vaxxers Have Caused Around the World

Are you having a good day today? Let’s fix that.

The Council on Foreign Relations has put together a map showing where all the vaccine-preventable diseases are all over the world. The fact that there are large circles *anywhere* should be horrifying.

Whooping cough, people. Whooping cough.

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“I’m Not a Scientist” Is Not an Excuse to Believe in Nonsense

David Shiffman, a University of Miami Ph.D. Student, has an article up on Slate about the “I’m not a scientist” line, and it’s very much worth reading.

As you’re most likely aware, “I’m not a scientist” is something politicians often say when they’re asked for their positions on topics like climate change, evolution, etc. They use the line so frequently, it’s practically become a punchline:

Calling it a “dangerous cop-out,” Shiffman makes the case that it is simply a “cowardly” and “exasperating evasion” from the very people who devote their lives to attaining positions that enable them to address such pressing matters.

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