I can’t forget the glamour

Today is the centennial of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, and thus a day worth celebrating. Also: The Temple of Knowledge; the trash-can-as-trash problem; literal navel-gazing with creationists; and Orrin Hatch refers to Native Americans as “far-left special interests.” [Read more…]

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Science, reality and ‘persecuted Christians’

Science reports like this make listening to “secular” news radio just one more thing that’s being taken away from them. And so this feeds into the weird (but also delicious) delusion that white Christians in America are being persecuted for their faith. [Read more…]

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Walmart.indricotherium

Some 50 million years ago, the ancestors of the rhinoceros ruled the world. But they’ve tapired off since then. Also: Greenland looks good on the map; the incomprehensible claim of Christianity; and how the market for donations from credulous and fearful white Christians is like the market for fizzy sugar water. [Read more…]

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I see you darkly through a glass again

It really took a lot of work to imagine that a law mandating and subsidizing health insurance wouldn’t increase the number of people who have health insurance. Plus: Batgirl, Philomena Cunk, Rick Santorum, subsidizing sprawl, and why pop songs should be about more than one thing. [Read more…]

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Who you gonna believe? Your facts? Or my ‘worldview’?

More than a century before Nyhan and Kahan began studying this phenomena, Frederick Douglass had already reached the same conclusion they arrived at. “On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light?” he asked — meaning, in other words, that the problem isn’t a lack of information. Therefore, Douglass concluded, “it is not light that is needed, but fire.” [Read more…]

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Teaching young-Earth creationism is a sin

A much-publicized “debate” between science advocate Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) and young-Earth creationist Ken Ham is set for this evening. That’s only half the debate that needs to happen. Yes, Ham’s “scientific creationism” is a wretched counterfeit of real science, so it’s good that he’s being challenged on the facts of science by someone well-versed in those facts. But Ham’s nonsense is even more a wretched counterfeit of Christian theology, and he also needs to be challenged on the facts of theology by someone well-versed in the Bible and in orthodox Christian teaching. [Read more…]

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8 more things that are older than Adam

Ken Ham and other young-Earth creationists maintain that the universe is about 6,000 years old. Here’s a list of recent items in the news that are all older than that — from dinosaurs to Doggerland. [Read more…]

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Giving names to the animals

Here’s a delightfully odd Bob Dylan song: I’ve been thinking about that one lately as I’ve tried to give names to all the animals who dwell in or visit my little patch of Chester County — such as the pickerel frogs like the one pictured here. That photo is by Wayne Fidler, from the Pennsylvania [Read More…]

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