A creationist sent me this charming image to show that Nazis were evolutionary biologists.
Zing! That put me in my place.
I feel like I’ve been asking a lot lately, with our Ada Initiative fundraiser, but here’s another great cause: Jamila Bey wants to launch a podcast called the Sex, Politics, and Religion Hour, and she needs capital to launch it. Help her out if you can, any little bit helps, and you know that she’s a phenomenon who will do a great job at this.
Jessa Duggar, the 21 year old daughter of fundie parents with an obsession with popping out babies, has been touring museums to broaden her mind, I guess…or more likely, to practice a little motivated reasoning and rationalize her existing ignorance. She toured the Holocaust Museum and figured out what caused it: EVOLUTION.
In an astonishing feat of hypocrisy, a Muslim NFL player has been penalized for kneeling and touching his forehead to the ground after a touchdown. “Unsportsmanlike conduct,” the officials say — were they afraid that he was going to unleash the terrible power of Allah against the other team?
A few years ago, Nnedi Okorafor won the World Fantasy Award. Okorafor is a Nigerian-American writer. The World Fantasy Award is a bust of HP Lovecraft. You can guess where this is going, because Lovecraft was a flamingly awful racist. How awful? Read the poem at that link and suppress your gag reflex.
Which obviously causes some conflict. Okorafor wrote to China Mieville for advice, since he’d also won the award, and he wrote back with a suggestion.
The 2014/2015 Cafe Scientifique series in Morris starts today! Come on out to the Common Cup Coffeehouse at 6pm to hear Michael Ceballos of the biology discipline talk about Malaysia: Intersections between Modern Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge. All the cool people will be here.
The next Café Scientifique will take place on Tuesday, September 30, at 6 p.m., at the Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). Michael Ceballos, assistant professor of biology, will lead the discussion, “Malaysia: Intersections between Modern Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge.” All are welcome to attend. Audience participation is encouraged.
The indigenous people of Borneo, or bumi putra, enjoy a rich history of utilizing natural resources to produce food, shelter, clothing, medicines, weaponry, and artesania. This traditional ecological knowledge and the flora, fauna, and microbiota of Borneo have more recently been explored by modern-day scientists. This discussion will focus on current research efforts underway on the island—some of which are being conducted by University of Minnesota, Morris students and faculty with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Café Scientifique is an ongoing series that offers a space where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a cup of coffee. Meetings take place outside of a traditional academic context and are committed to promoting public engagement with science. Interested audiences can look forward to additional discussions, typically held on the last Tuesday of selected months.
Café Scientifique is supported in part by a grant to the University of Minnesota, Morris from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program. Additional information is available at morris.umn.edu/hhmi.
It’s going to be good. If you don’t show up, Michael is going to hunt you down with that blowgun.
A literary site, Dear Author, recently published an analysis of a digital publisher, Ellora’s Cave, which markets erotic/romantic fiction. That genre is undergoing booming growth right now, but Ellora’s Cave has declining revenues and is apparently failing to pay authors.
I’m both, but I think I oscillate. I was looking at the British Humanists’ Thought For The Commute campaign, which puts positive messages of humanist philosophy on the London Underground. I like the idea, and I like the messages. But I saw this one first and it set me back — I must be in the atheist phase of my cycle.