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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31 2012

Titanoboa!

titanoboa

Hey, that sounds familiar. The monster snake is getting some new attention, with a life-size replica installed in Grand Central Station, and to be featured in a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel (which I don’t get, and never heard of until now) tomorrow. The documentary might be a little bit cheesy, but it still looks …

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Mar 31 2012

Who needs an IQ test when you’ve got coalescence?

I am just blown away by the consistency of this observation. You know, the creationists are not all stupid; there’s a wide range of intelligence in their camp, even if they are all wrong. But this one recent paper on the gorilla genome has become such an excellent tool for discriminating the competent from the …

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Mar 31 2012

“Athiests” actually is a misunderstood word

Oh, great. Now we’re being hectored by sorcerers. In An open letter to the New Athiests, some guy Who peddles a One Year Intensive Course in real magic wags his finger and lectures us on what’s wrong with “athiests” — we’re all a bunch of dicks. In short, you have a lot of important things …

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Mar 31 2012

What makes Bill O’Reilly funny

It’s that his attempts at humor are so cluelessly unaware. A good comedian has to be able to laugh at themselves, and O’Reilly and his assistant clown just can’t quite pull it off.

Mar 31 2012

Why I am an atheist – Beth (the very happy lesbian)

In short, I was able to see the beauty of science with my own two eyes from a very early age. My father loves science. Accordingly, when I was a 4 year old afraid of an earthquake he taught me about plate tectonics. I spent hours asking him questions about the universe when my mother …

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Mar 30 2012

A fine time in Morris

shubin

#MSOC is off to a great start — we had the first talk this evening (OK, it was me, ho hum), and I was impressed: we got a good crowd of people, and most importantly, they weren’t just the usual science faculty and students I see every day, but we actually succeeded in drawing in …

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Mar 30 2012

An innovative legal strategy

David Coppedge, the creationist who was fired from JPL and is currently trying to sue them, has submitted his legal brief as plaintiff in the case. It is…bizarre. It includes a screenplay in which Coppedge imagines a dialog between a couple of JPL staff — a dialog in which he was not present, which basically …

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Mar 30 2012

Episode CCCXIII: We’ve known we’ve been warming for a long time

Oh, look what the climate scientists have been saying for the last 30+ years. Episode CCCXII: WRONG! .

Mar 30 2012

Martin Pribble: CRUSHED.

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It was all about defeating that Australian upstart, and I have succeeded. Martin Pribble, my “competition” in the Readers' Choice for Favorite Agnostic / Atheist Blog of 2012, has been totally defeated, routed, smashed, squished, annihilated, beaten. Furthermore, the grudge match continues. He has been challenged to a Hug-Off at the GAC in Melbourne. He …

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Mar 30 2012

Pluralizing “Octopus”

pluralizingoctopus

This keeps coming up. Follow these simple rules. That is all.

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