Legislators want “academic freedom” to lie to students

As I explained in a previous post, the Texas State Board of Education recently considered including language in their science standards that would have allowed teachers to cite anti-science apologetics whenever they didn't want to teach real science. So instead of teaching evolution, teachers could promote their own personal belief in creationism instead. The Republican party also has a doctrinal obligation to deny environmental science, including climate change: whether to excuse responsibility … [Read more...]

I’m testifying at the State Capitol

A couple weeks ago, my wife, Lilandra and I once again testified before the Texas State Board of Education. They were still considering including language in the science standards that was designed to undermine teaching of evolution. This language would have encouraged ignorant teachers to cite anti-science apologetics instead of teaching anyone what the theory is or the evidence for it. Lilandra and I testified in opposition to an overwhelming collection of creationists, but we were pleasantly … [Read more...]

floresiensis not from erectus, just like I said

I think it's funny that the media are just now announcing "breaking news" about Homo floresiensis that I had already explained exactly six years ago; from 5:38-7:04. … [Read more...]

Our shameless state board of education.

On April 18th, I was in Austin to testify once again before our infamous Texas State Board of Education. Lilandra and I felt alone in that crowd of creationists. It was disheartening to see so many people repeating such easily refutable falsehoods as fact. But it is even worse to see organizations determined to exploit the language of the science standards to allow teachers to misrepresent evolution, abiogenesis, climate science and so on, and to replace factual lessons with fraudulent arguments … [Read more...]

Philosophistry

On March 3rd, "Street Epistemologist" Anthony Magnabosco invited me to join him at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to see a debate between one of their apologists and the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Turns out this was the start of an apologetics conference called "Stand Firm". Which of course, I interpret as "be unreasonable". Because that's what apologetics is, making up excuses to defend the faith against all reason: to rationalize or justify a faith-based position while … [Read more...]

Conflicting Political Opinions

Yesterday I happened to run into an associate from my former job. He and I worked together at a company very similar to The Incredibles' Insuricare for at least a decade or so, and we both quit at about the same time. Amusingly, we're about the same age, and the last couple of years have been much the same for both us. He and I both traveled to a number of different countries, albeit advocating opposite messages. While I was speaking at various secular and skeptical conferences, he was an … [Read more...]

Texas SBoE considering changing science again

The Texas Freedom Network notified me that our State Board of Education is once again attempting to insert language into the science standards of public schools that would allow creationist teachers to mislead their students--about evoltion and related aspects of the natural origin and development of biodiversity. The TFN asked me to email my concerns about that to the board. Here is what I said:First, referring to: §112.34. Biology, Adopted 2017 (c) Knowledge and skills, we find (9)(D) we … [Read more...]

What we do on Patreon

I've been a full-time activist for a couple years now, and I have definitely dedicated a lot more hours to my projects and to my channel every week than I ever did in the corporate world--even that period where one company offered unlimited overtime. Now that I'm involved in something where I can actually do some good for other people, I have a goal to be the hardest working advocate of skeptical atheism, secular humanism, and science education. So let me explain what Lilandra and I do for our … [Read more...]

Not so much myth-busting as myth-making

In a previous post, I mentioned a creationist calling himself a "mythbuster", busting what he thinks are myths Christians believe in. But not him. He told me that he knows more than every theologian anywhere ever. He knew this because he didn't bother learning about ancient pre-Judean culture, comparative mythology, or the history of the Bible as a compilation. No, he only read the 66 books of the Bible with no contextual background to confuse him.Seems our previous discussion didn’t go the w … [Read more...]

Scientific evidence of a soul?

Somehow I happened across a Facebook post criticizing me and anyone who "follows" me, whatever that means. I couldn't comment on that thread, but it made some interesting claims that I think should be publicly addressed.The Question Evolution Project appears to be the same entity as the blog author, Piltdown Superman. So he is only citing himself. His website is a string of obvious falsehoods easily refuted, and his linked blog post opens with the following idiocy: "Although secularists … [Read more...]