The Pot Calling the Silverware Black

Last night I went to a debate between my friend, Dr Zachary Moore and Dr Ray Bohlin, a creationist with Probe Ministries, which is connected to the Discovery Institute. The topic was “Is Intelligent Design Science”, so it was an easy win for Zach. This matter was settled in the 2005 case of Kitzmiller v Dover. At that time, the Discovery Institute was pushing a textbook called Of Pandas and People, and they insisted that Intelligent Design “theory” wasn’t creationism... Read more

The Pro-Truth Pledge

On the 67th episode of the Ra-Men, I interviewed Prof Gleb Tsipursky PhD regarding a project he co-founded and which I find personally intriguing. I asked Dr Tsipursky to write a blurb for this podcast, and this is what he shared with me: We will talk about the Pro-Truth Pledge, whose purpose is to reverse the tide of lies in our politics. It does so by changing the incentive structure for public figures, establishing rewards for truth-oriented activities and penalties for sharing... Read more

Orwellian Legislative Duplicity on HB 1485

When my wife and I testified against HB 1485 before the House Education Committee at the State Capital, there were a number of other witnesses who’s comments need to be noted, addressed, and corrected. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYPfh-dpsP4[/youtube] When the bill’s author, Representative Valoree Swanson says she wants to provide “academic freedom” for teachers, what she really means is that she does NOT want teachers held to academic accountability. People of integrity should know better than to assert as fact that which is... Read more

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 for anything we do, (which seems to be... 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 surprised that the... Read more

San Antonio’s Non-Christian Scapegoating Mayor is up for Re-election

Earlier this month at a candidate’s forum, San Antonio’s Mayor Ivy Taylor, may or may not have had atheists specifically in mind when she speculated on the roots of systemic poverty. Although she didn’t specifically mention atheists, she definitely linked poverty to a lack of relationship with the Christian god, specifically. Early voting for municipal elections is now underway in San Antonio and Election Day is May 6, 2017.  Mayor Taylor was appointed in 2014 to replace the Obama Administration’s... 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. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzuKlZf1qXU&t=425s[/youtube]

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... Read more

What if David Dao had given up his seat?

How would the situation have changed if David Dao had given up his seat for United crewmembers as he was ordered to? Let’s start with the obvious. Obviously, he wouldn’t have gotten manhandled by airport police. Though the violence used to remove an elderly man wasn’t justified.  Yes. He wouldn’t now require surgery. In an hourlong news conference that touched on race, policing and airline manners, a lawyer for the passenger dragged off a United flight on Sunday listed his client’s injuries:... 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 systematically dismissing any and all... Read more