Senators clarify the terms of the disagreement

With Hollywood's wizardry and George Soros' money behind it, the special effects making the climate-change hoax look real have been especially convincing. (Getty Images photo of a drought-stricken field in Illinois by Scott Olson.)

We can all get along. We can all agree that one side of this issue involves a realistic assessment of the evidence and the other side involves a delusional fantasy based on some perverse need to assert the absolute worst about others. Maybe we can’t agree on which side is which, but at least we can agree that this is the shape of the disagreement. [Read more...]

Mourning with those who mourn

Is insulin just a crutch that Christians use to cope with diabetes instead of relying on Jesus?

No pious jackasses sit around pondering “Should Christians Take Insulin?” No insufferably holier-than-thou idiots pretend it would be deeply spiritual if they said, “Rattlesnake anti-venom can help, but it can also hinder our reliance on Christ.” Yet when it comes to any kind of mental illness, evangelical Christians suddenly turn into Christian Scientists or Scientologists — preferring “spiritual” treatments over medicine. [Read more...]

7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe


Young-earth creationists say that the universe is 6,000 years old. Scientists say the universe is around 14 billion years old. Young-earth creationists say this is because scientists are part of a vast, nefarious conspiracy designed to cast doubt on the literal words of a literal Bible by the evil practice of measuring and counting things. [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day … science!


Some science-y notes and links, including: Canadians in space; everybody else still way ahead at off-shore wind; life in unlikely places; very dedicated entomologists; Steven Chu’s scandal; myths and presumptions about obesity; “the utterly bizarre penis of the American alligator;” and an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare in Brazil. [Read more...]

Geocentrism and a historical Adam


This is a fact: the geocentric model of the universe is not true. That fact must inform our choice between the two possible readings of those potentially geocentrist biblical passages. Yes, one way to read those passages suggests a geocentrist teaching. But another way to read those passages does not. Given that geocentrism is, in fact, not true, it makes more sense to prefer the non-geocentrist reading. [Read more...]

A tolerable response to intolerable sophistry

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The semantic game of immovable object vs. unstoppable force is intended to be just that, a game — an impish bit of wordplay that most people recognize is not an actual attempt to say anything meaningful about anything real. The sad thing about the “I demand you tolerate my intolerance!” harrumphing is that those folks don’t seem to realize that what they’re saying is just a semantic game. [Read more...]

As sweet as any harmony …

"This object is an expanding cloud of gas rushing away from a dying star. So what's with the huge backwards S-shape?"

She blinded me with linkage: Fewer Americans doubting their own experience of the climate; Rawlsian rats; green-screen creationism; giant squid; a solar-powered coal museum; 10 good reasons to look up; and a few other science-y things I thought were pretty neat. [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby takes human biology to court, loses


It doesn’t matter if the evangelical gazillionaire owners of Hobby Lobby believe that emergency contraception causes abortions. It does not do that. Nor does it matter if this belief is passionately sincere and sincerely passionate. Sincerity and passion won’t make it any less incorrect. [Read more...]