Muslims are oppressed by Islam. – Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul – Real Time with Bill Maher is funny and informative as you would expect, Disbelievers. They chat a bit about Professor Dawkins’ new book Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist and dive into the mishegas (Yiddish for craziness) of the world in which we all live.
Check it out!
This is the first time I’ve heard of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES).
The TIES Teacher Corps is something the United States needs. Here is their sales pitch for educators to sign up and fight the good fight:
Do you recognize the importance of evolutionary science in our modern society and want to educate future generations on its relevance? We are looking for science teachers who can volunteer to present workshops in their school districts and local colleges on their state science standards on evolution and natural selection.
I think it’s clear that what liberals and scientifically minded (I know, those two camps are not always allies) need to do is to interact directly with the community. It isn’t enough to talk with school districts and local colleges about science standards.The reason why the Republicans own most of the state legislatures in America is not just due to gerrymandering. Rather, they supply services that local communities need. Through churches, Republicans create an infrastructure the left just doesn’t have. Particularly in rural areas. You know, the ones who voted for Trump because they felt left behind by the left.
Democrats and liberals over rely on the government to supply services to those in need. We can’t depend on the government. Institutions like TIES helps. However, what is needed are organizations with a broader mission statement working with people on the ground in America.
I wrote a Poe Dawkins Service Corps Working in Rural America last year after the election. It still stands up. Here are some of the activities these fictitious members of the Corps would be doing:
- “Today I organized people in our community and called their state representative about clean drinking water.” – Katie Rasmussen
- “This weekend a group of students and I started production on a series of funny YouTube videos illustrating common logical fallacies.” – James Cabrera
- “I drove a mom and her kids to therapy. Their car had broken down, and needed help.” – Andrew Lord
If you want to win hearts and minds — in the age of Trump that is the business we’re in after all — then working at the grass roots works.
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