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Monthly Archive: February 2008

Feb 29 2008

Meanwhile, back in reality…

While the Creationist Noise Machine continues annoying the public with its endless mantra of “there’s no evidence for evolution!” and “teach the controversy (that we’ve made up)!”, over in the real world, scientists continue to ignore such nonsense and concentrate on the actual research those people don’t do. There’s an interesting report today about new …

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Feb 29 2008

Machine guns in the Yu dynasty

Please note: It was brought to my attention that this was a repeat of an argument that I already posted on this blog earlier. I have decided to leave it up because the argument is more fleshed out than it used to be. See the comments section for a link to the first time I …

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Feb 27 2008

The Expelled farce gets even funnier

Check the latest post by PZ, concerning a desperate press release by the Expelled team, who are huffing and puffing and doing their best “well I never!” posturing over Robert Moore’s blistering review of the movie in the Orlando Sentinel. They claim — you’ll love this — that Moore created a “security breech [sic]” (at …

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Feb 25 2008

Because it’s not like there’s going to be a DVD boxed set

Our pal Joe Zamecki has posted the very first episode of The Atheist Experience to YouTube, from almost eleven years ago. I’ve never seen it till now. Hosting the program, which was not shot live in studio but taped at the cafeteria where the ACA used to have its Sunday brunches, are (from left) Joe, …

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Feb 25 2008

England swinging towards reason

Their money is worth far more than ours, and now it seems their intellects are as well. Well, that last bit isn’t fair at all, of course. Great Britain has always had one of the richest intellectual and cultural legacies on earth. But to read that fully two-thirds of the population of the UK claim …

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Feb 22 2008

Creationism in schools (a continuing thread)

People who read the regular blog posts but not the comments may not be aware of activity on old posts, which is why I’m starting a new thread. This is a continuation of a discussion with Lena, who first dropped in on a post from last November, in which we were talking about the new …

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Feb 22 2008

One Nation Under God

“It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase ‘under God.’ I didn’t.” –Barak Obama, “Call to Renewal” Keynote Address, June 28, 2006. This quote was featured this morning on another atheist blog I frequent, Austin Cline’s atheism.about.com section. Austin makes some good …

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Feb 18 2008

Wikipedia can be useful, you know

Because today, I learned a lovely (and very tres science) term I can use to describe the behavioral pathology of creationists: The Dunning-Kruger Effect. Good ol’ internets!

Feb 18 2008

Another day, another load of creationist lies and hypocrisy

These people just can’t not lie. From the Expelled blog: Big Science doesn’t like it when they can’t control the message: it’s why we made EXPELLED. From a report on an Expelled press conference [emphasis added]: Now if Expelled can be said to have a theme, it is that all sorts of ideas should be …

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Feb 17 2008

I can haz lite?

Okay, I know the whole LOLcat thing might be getting old, but I actually got a number of hearty chuckles out of this: a translation of the Bible into LOLcat-speak. Busy last few days, which is why no posts of substance, but hopefully this will tide you and your funnybone over. Really, anyone who sets …

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