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…]

The Letters after this Candidate’s Name are Apparently BS

I feel the need to comment on the irony in recent events involving Matt Arnold, a Republican running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, as reported in today’s Inside Higher Education. Arnold claimed to have a Masters degree which was never awarded since he never submitted his final thesis, although apparently he did [Read More…]

Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Alvin Toffler is of course putting in other words the sage advice offered by Yoda a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. But as a statement about contemporary education (rather than specifically Jedi training), Toffler is surely right that the pace of advance in knowledge means that anyone who wants to [Read More…]

The Importance of Language Learning Illustrated

This morning I had a useful illustration of why learning as much as you can of a language is important. This morning, I left my bag near my room as instructed and went to the elevator. A couple of bellboys passed and I heard one of them say a number in Hebrew. I was fortunate [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Krotons

The Doctor Who episode The Krotons features what to viewers in our time will appear to be quite primitive and poorly-constructed robots as the key villains. If one can get past the appearance – perhaps by keeping in mind that the Krotons are supposed to be not robots but organic crystal-based life forms that are [Read More…]

Time for the End of the Sectarian University?

Churches have long been instrumental in the establishment of universities. Some of the most prestigious secular universities of the present day in the United States – whether Harvard University, the University of Chicago, or Butler University [wink] – were founded by either churches or people motivated by religion, and had strong religious ties. But it [Read More…]

Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More…]