Sherlock on God

The return of Sherlock on New Year’s Day included a request for Sherlock to become a godparent, which leads him to comment on God. In the episode Sherlock says, “God is a ludicrous fiction, dreamt up by inadequates who abnegate all responsibility to an invisible magic friend.” Yet in the same episode, Sherlock shows himself unable [Read More…]

After the Monkey Trial

I am grateful to Fordham Press for sending me a gratis review copy of Christopher Rios’ book After the Monkey Trial. The book in fact begins its historical survey before the famous Scopes trial, and offers a survey of fundamentalist, Evangelical, and other Christian responses to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and subsequent scientific work on [Read More…]

Consensus is Part of the Scholarly Method

An article in Real Clear Science highlighted that consensus-building is part of the scientific method. Alex Bezerow writes: I like to imagine the scientific method as resembling the solar system. The planets, traveling in perfect orbits, represent the pillars of the scientific method: Observations, hypotheses, predictions/experiments, and continuous refinements. What holds all of this together — [Read More…]

Gravity: Only a Theory

Skeptic magazine published this comic about climate change, gravity, and what pseudoskeptics get wrong when they complain that something is “only a theory.” Since I recently had a troll on the blog claiming to be well-versed in science and yet not understanding what “theory” means in the natural sciences, I thought I ought to share it. [Read more…]

Five Misconceptions about Evolution

This infographic addresses several widespread misconceptions about evolution in a clear and yet detailed manner, and so I thought it was worth sharing here. [Read more…]

Putting the Con in Conservative

The God of Evolution Facebook page shared the above image. It reflects the tactic to which the anti-science crowd, and other so-called Biblical literalists, have to resort in their attempt to dupe people. Depending on whether you think the figure on the left is supposed to be Satan, or just a mere human being, the tactic [Read More…]

Irrelevant to the Outcome of the Story

A while back I came across this image of a conversation on The Big Bang Theory: Today, IO9 linked to a webcomic that makes the same point. They called it “Indiana Jones and the Avoiders of the Lost Ark” but it could easily have been called “Indiana Jones – How It Should Have Ended”: After thinking [Read More…]

Just A Theory

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“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection. [Read more…]

Connecting the Dots

In the past couple of days, I came across two sets of images which seem to me to be, shall we say, connected. The first was via George Takei’s page on Facebook: And the second was via Pinterest and Reddit, and explained visually what a theory is in the natural sciences and other academic disciplines: [Read More…]