A new survey of science teachers in Oklahoma confirms what we have long known from many other such surveys, which is that far too many science teachers in our public schools don’t understand the concepts they’re teaching, especially the theory of evolution.
Category Archive: Evolution and Creationism
Apr 09 2014
And we have another ignorant right wing candidate for Congress from the state of Minnesota. Aaron Miller is running for the House from Minnesota’s first congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz and he says he’s running in order to spare his daughter the horrors of learning about evolution in public schools.
Apr 08 2014
The Balkanist has an article about Harun Yahya (real name: Adnan Oktar), a fabulously rich and absolutely bizarre Muslim creationist from Turkey. He’s been pumping out young earth creationist bullshit for decades, all while putting on a TV show like this one:
Apr 07 2014
You’ve probably heard by now about the idiotic controversy in South Carolina over a little girl’s suggestion that the state name the woolly mammoth the official state fossil. The creationists lost their minds over it and tried to block it, managing to get this bit of educational malpractice into the bill:
Mar 29 2014
Allen Clifton challenged creationists to answer ten questions to see if they could provide an answer that makes any sense at all. Lo and behold, one of them did try to answer them. The result is exactly what you would expect, nonsensical answers and non-answers. A few examples.
Mar 27 2014
Ray Comfort took on Neil deGrasse Tyson and the new Cosmos on his show this week. Talk about trying to punch above your weight class. Even for a young earth creationist, his arguments are breathtakingly stupid. And he has absolutely no idea what science is:
Mar 25 2014
Okay, this is just hilarious to me. Young earth creationists are whining that they’re not allowed to make their case on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Cosmos. It’s just unfair, you see, that he isn’t giving them equal time on his TV show. You know, like preachers always do in churches by letting scientists rebut …
Mar 24 2014
Right Wing Watch found a video of Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party and a confirmed Christian theocrat, saying that evolution is “dangerous” and “anti-American” that teaching evolution or an old age for the earth is “disloyalty to America.” This video really must be seen to be believed.
Mar 21 2014
Hemant has the story of a 500 page book that a public school science teacher gave to his students to teach them creationism instead of evolution. That was about a decade ago, but the book itself just became available. It’s every bit as bad as you might imagine. This went on for 15 years before …
Mar 07 2014
I had this idea come to me during a discussion in a hangout recently. Imagine for a moment that a defense attorney in a murder case used the kind of argument that young earth creationists use against, say, radiometric dating. In response to every piece of evidence presented, they would name all the “assumptions” being …
Mar 03 2014
The video of the debate between cosmologist Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig is finally up. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but people I respect a lot thought that Carroll really put Craig on the defensive in a way that few others have. Video below the fold.
Feb 25 2014
A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped.
Feb 22 2014
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and a man of staggering ignorance and dishonesty, babbled incoherently about evolution and climate change on his radio show this week. Evolution is wrong because he can list some phrases he doesn’t understand at all and there’s more evidence for God sending bad weather than for global …
Feb 17 2014
Scientists have announced an incredible find, a fossil bed in the same formation as the Burgess Shale that contains a staggering number of well-preserved, soft-bodied organisms that should provide a massive amount of new data to fill in some gaps in the fossil record of the Cambrian era.
Feb 17 2014
Cameron Smith has an interesting column in the Skeptical Inquirer that I think makes a valuable point. People have a difficult time accepting evolution even if they aren’t particularly religious. Why? At least partly because our brains seem biased against non-teleological thinking: