House approves measure that prevent scientists in the Energy Department from doing science.

So this happened. On July 10, the House approved the fiscal 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill on a 253-170 vote. In the bill, Congress unfortunately cut funding for such things as renewable energy, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency; perhaps even more worrisome, however, were a series of amendments successfully attached to the bill. Each [Read More...]

Photo of a Cat

In yesterday’s post about misunderstanding evolution, a commenter, Daniel, commented on a point that I thought was interesting. [Read more...]

Larry Doesn’t Get Evolution Pt 1 – Science, God and Ignorance

Larry is a creationist who discusses various topics with us in the comments section. Back a month or so ago, JT wrote a post addressing a video by Joshua Feuerstein’s supposed takedown of evolution. [Read more...]

GOP candidate in Minnesota believes humans and dinosaurs live together…like right now.

Bob Frey is a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Minnesota.  He wants a position of responsibility in an era dominated by science, which suggests that our leaders should have some knowledge and/or appreciation for science. So how does Bob measure up?  Well, he’s actually testified before the states’ Senate Education Committee, where [Read More...]

Forest for the Trees, JT. Forest for the trees.

I’ve been painstakingly preprocessing Larry’s 11-page post about evolution. Back a couple months, JT addressed a video by Joshua Feuerstein. Larry’s post was responding to JT’s response. This isn’t one of my official posts… but I wanted to hop in and comment. Joshua pulled out the previously-refuted-a-quadrillion-times argument: evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. JT [Read More...]

Case Study – Larry – A call for submissions

Larry is a goldmine. My intention is to go through his assertions about science and evolution, and run them through the ringer wringer, through an ongoing series. [Read more...]

Think of a Color that Doesn’t Exist

I’ve seen this question pop up here and there. My eye twitches, because people often miss an obvious candidate. Magenta. Magenta doesn’t exist. [Read more...]

Philosophy is not Dead

Dishearteningly, I hear frequently from my fellow godless hominids that “philosophy has nothing more to add to learning about the world. Science has taken over“. I don’t agree. Hopefully, it doesn’t take being hit by a car to convince you of this. [Read more...]

I don’t think Answers in Genesis quite gets science Pt. 3 (of 3)

In part 1 and part 2, I currently addressing this article from Answers in Genesis. I’m not too happy how part 2 came out. I was mostly grinding through dumb stuff, but this next part, which I’ve been itching to get to, has some interesting (to me, at least) topics. I probably should have just skipped [Read More...]

I don’t think Answers in Genesis quite gets science Pt. 2

Previously, I managed to address one sentence of this article from Answers in Genesis. We find that creationists often use the “correct” words – observation, testability, repeatability, falsifiability, etc – however, like the common layman confusion about the word “theory” as used in science, they often get the other words off-the-mark as well. [Read more...]