Bill Nye Speaks About Climate Change in Rutgers Commencement Address

Bill Nye delivered a commencement address at Rutgers over the weekend (just after receiving an honorary degree) that focused on the importance of climate change and the next generation’s burden:



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They Could Hang This Poster at the Creation Museum

Because the Genesis explanation of how we got here is *much* better than anything Darwin figured out:

(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Thanks to RED XIV for the link)

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Beware the Institutes with Few Scientists…

The Discovery Institute.

The Institute for Creation Research.

Yep, this chart is pretty accurate. Especially the bottom right part of it.



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Governor Bobby Jindal is Smarter Than the Republican Party Will Allow Him to Be

Even though Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in the news yesterday for saying he would sign an executive order allowing (some) faith-based discrimination against LGBT people, Zack Kopplin reminds us that Jindal also has it out for science education.

But Kopplin points out that his family knew Jindal for years. Kopplin even attended the same school as Jindal’s kids. On paper, this is not a governor who should be supporting Creationism. It’s clearly a political move:

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Jerry Coyne’s New Book Explains Why Science and Religion Can’t Go Together

Are science and religion compatible? Stephen Jay Gould famously wrote that they were separate ideas, calling them “non-overlapping magisteria.”

The problem with that characterization is that religion, all too often, makes claims that are easily rejected by science: Miracles, resurrection, Young Earth Creationism, etc. These two worlds cross paths all the time — and science is always the winner.

Jerry Coyne‘s new book offers an expanded rejection of Gould’s theory. It’s called Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible (Viking, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Coyne lays out the major differences between the “magisteria”:

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