Could Kansas be at the Center of Another War on Science?

The Associated Press is reporting that Kansas is “Headed for Another Debate Over Evolution“: … a State Board of Education member [said] Wednesday that science standards under development are “very problematic” for describing the theory as a well-established, core scientific concept. … [Republican Ken] Willard said the draft [of proposed science standards] embraces naturalism and [Read More...]

How to Create Critical Thinkers: Nudge Them.

On Tuesday, June 5th, the planet Venus appeared to move as a black dot across the face of the Sun from our vantage point on the Earth in what is called a “transit.” This is a very rare astronomical event, happening in pairs 8 years apart with long waits of 121 years or 105 years [Read More...]

Zack Kopplin Accepts Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award

Last week, I mentioned that Zack Kopplin, the former high school student who worked to repeal the wrongly-named “Louisiana Science Education Act,” was going to receive the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He just accepted it the other day (at the Playboy Mansion) and there’s now video of his talk (ignore the squawks): Nice [Read More...]

Autism Study Contributes to Finding the Origin of Faith in God

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a much lower degree of theism amongst the autistic, linking their lack of belief to their diminished mentalizing capacity. Mentalizing can roughly be defined as the ability to imagine what other people are thinking and to perceive or interpret behavior in accordance to intentional mental states [Read More...]

Creationists Score a Major Victory in South Korea

Because we all know science is decided by who complains the loudest, a band of Creationists has scored a major victory by getting many textbook publishers in South Korea to “produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx.” More simply, they saying, “Look! Scientists argue about [Read More...]


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