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Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 31 2008

More thoughts on the presentation of science

I’m re-listening to the podcast grab of the TV show that Matt and I did yesterday. There is a point that I started to make about the framing of science, but I don’t think I carried it all the way through to its conclusion. What I did say, at the time, was that contrary to …

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Mar 30 2008

Today on the show: Framing Atheism

Links about today’s topic: Explanation of Framing at Wikipedia Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney: Thanks for the Facts. Now Sell Them. No Admission for Evolutionary Biologist at Creationist Film (I’m sure this story is well known already, but it’s good background) Nisbet: Why the PZ Myers Affair is Really, Really Bad for Science PZ Myers …

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Mar 30 2008

The fundamentalist Christian war on education

I don’t know quite how I wound up on these idiots’ mailing list, but I’m glad I did. It helps to understand what the proponents of the New Dark Ages want to reshape our culture into. The folks behind Worldview Weekend, some kind of fundie pep rally for fear and ignorance, have sent out an …

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Mar 29 2008

A Christian chimes in on Expelled

It’s always nice to be reminded that not all who call themselves Christian are dishonest anti-science ideologues who use their beliefs to justify their haughty disdain for reality. Henry Neufeld is a self described liberal Methodist who has a few things to say about Expelled, and he nails every reason why the movie gets it …

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Mar 29 2008

Time to hit the gym, Wagner!

Okay, Elze has finally posted her collection of photos from Dawkins’ appearance last week, and these include some nice shots from the pre-speech reception. I’ve been reluctant to post the link, though, because they also include a couple of depressing shots of me at the AE Blog Meetup, in which I look to weigh about …

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Mar 29 2008

UK’s Guardian flunks Expelled

Haven’t been blogging for many days, mainly because of being busy, but also because there’s been little to report that hasn’t been covered very extensively elsewhere in the atheist blogosphere, and Austin’s been pretty quiet. Also, what else is there to say about the train wreck that is Expelled? Every day these people reveal themselves …

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Mar 25 2008

Natural selection to weed out Expelled at box office

The release date for Expelled is said to be April 18. Josh Timonen over at RichardDawkins.net seems to think it’s rolling out wide on 1,000 screens, which I find frankly unbelievable. Independent features, let alone indie documentaries, don’t get that kind of theatrical rollout unless they’re made by guys called Michael Moore. Almost no indie …

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Mar 24 2008

Thanks, Eugenie!

Following up my post about the Facebook group “Protest Ben Stein’s Expelled”, I got this blush-inducing celebrity endorsement from no less than Eugenie Scott! Martin Wagner, you have your head on very, very straight. If we raise a fuss for Expelled, we increase the publicity and the gate. We play directly into their frame. Why …

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Mar 24 2008

Richard Dawkins reviews Expelled

After all the hullabaloo about PZ getting expelled from this movie, at least we have a right to expect some interesting details about the content of said movie. Not surprisingly, it’s pretty bad.

Mar 22 2008

At least Anne Rice is honest

Former Goth superstar and vampire novelist Anne Rice has gone Christian, with her latest series of novels all about Jesus. Her belief may not be any more rational than anyone else’s. (And you get a sense of the emotional desperation underlying it in this editorial she’s written.) But at least she grasps that. Look: I …

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