Do Students Still Need to Steer Clear of the Internet?

Jona Lendering posted a reply on his blog to a recent post on mine, about teaching students to use online sources discerningly. His conclusion is stated bluntly at the end of the post: To sum up: at this moment there is no good reason why students should use the internet. Let’s face it: the internet [Read More…]

Online Sources in the Classroom

In my current teaching, I focus increasing amounts of attention on the discerning use of online sources of information. People no longer rack their brains to recall facts learned in school. They will pull out a device and look up what they want to know. And so, while some factual information is crucial in order [Read More…]

What We’re Learning from Online Education

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Rick Warren Needs ContextBot

XKCD has what Rick Warren and many others need…   [Read more…]

Evolution and Homicide: A Better Graph

A commenter on this blog, K. L. Onthank, saw some of the problems with the graph I posted previously, comparing acceptance of evolution and homicide rates, and decided to rectify the problem. Here is the chart they kindly came up with and shared! The increased accuracy is worth the price of having Americans who see [Read More…]

Evolution and Homicide

Someone turned the point I made in my last blog post into an image. I will have to check the figures, but it looks about right. Thoughts? HT Reddit My first instinct is to doubt that there is a connection, that the correlation indicates causation. But it does not seem impossible to me that the [Read More…]

Why Rick Warren Is Wrong Several Times Over to Blame the Aurora Shooting on Evolution

I already posted today on Rick Warren's inaccurate as well as unhelpful tweet, blaming the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado on teaching students that they “are no different than animals,” which seems to be a lame jibe at evolution, even though it shows a failure to grasp what biology actually says. Warren is wrong about [Read More…]

Religion, Reform, and Retention

On Facebook, Karl Giberson shared a link to a blog post with statistics about retention in religious and areligious groups, i.e. their effectiveness in passing on their worldview and communal identity to their children. Here is the relevant chart: There is a lot that is interesting and potentially worth talking about. I suspect that for [Read More…]

Patricia Costa Kim – And The People Cry Justice!

This blog post will meander a bit. It starts with the memory of an album of a local Brooklyn artist that my father had when I was young. The singer was Patricia Costa (shortened from Costagliola) and the album I remember was called “Give Your Love Away.” I actually remember distinctly only one of the [Read More…]

Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry [Read More…]


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