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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 26 2012

The Economist has a poll

It’s a sad, pathetic little poll, and it needs your participation. Should alternative medicine be taught in medical schools? 54% Yes46% No Right. And I’m going to offer to teach “physiology of vampires” and “faerie genetics” courses in my biology program next year. (Sadly, such courses would probably be very popular.)

Apr 25 2012

Clitoral kludges

My favorite argument against Intelligent Design is the fact that the clitoris is located nowhere near the cervix — for women, reproduction and recreation are fairly effectively uncoupled. But that doesn’t stop some people from imagining the existence of a vaginal source of sexual pleasure, the G-spot. I don’t believe it exists; I do believe …

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Apr 25 2012

Are some of you haunting the Blaze polls?

I ask because they have an indignant article up about how the air force is no longer requesting that any lodging they use have bibles in the room — and the associated poll is already going the godless way! That’s just not like the Blaze. Is the Air Force right to remove the Bible requirement? …

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Apr 25 2012

Adding space dinosaurs can draw attention to your sins

That ridiculous paper that postulated alien dinosaurs has another flaw, to the detriment of an otherwise well regarded researcher: Ronald Breslow has been accused of self-plagiarism. It seems to be true, too; examples show that he has been recycling substantial chunks of text in multiple papers. I guess that’s how the big names can generate …

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Apr 25 2012

Christian love

A Christian prayer group really doesn’t like the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Now for our prayer, we pray that the women who work in your MFRR and the women in your family will befall fast moving breast cancer which can not everbe cured. We pray this for Leah Bruton, and Becki Miller, Patricia Corigan, Chris …

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Apr 25 2012

Modular gene networks as agents of evolutionary novelty

A while back, I told you all about this small piece of the biochemistry of the fly eye — the pathways that make the brown and red pigments that color the eye. I left it with a question: if even my abbreviated summary revealed considerable complexity, how could this pathway evolve? Changing anything produces a …

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Apr 25 2012

Botanical Wednesday: an alien forest

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(via NatGeo) (Also on Sb)

Apr 25 2012

Why I am an atheist – Wayne Schroeder

I was raised as a Christian, but gained my free thought in my teenage years, in the late 1960s. My father was a minister in a moderate protestant church, the Evangelical United Brethren (which merged with the Methodist church in 1968), and I was a believer in my early life, like the rest of my …

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Apr 25 2012

I propose that states seize all the Catholic schools

I will never understand Catholicism. On the one hand, they claim to be all about the babies: procreate wildly, let nothing interfere with the spawning. On the other hand, though, they promote deep ignorance and confusion about sex and reproduction, as if they’re afraid of it. So here’s this lovely case of a teacher at …

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Apr 24 2012

The Texas State Board of Education stars in a movie

If you’re wondering why Don McLeroy was on Colbert, here’s your answer: he’s one of the subjects of a new documentary, The Revisionaries. Note that the documentary isn’t his, he’s the king clown exposed in it…and somehow he thought that being targeted this way was a good thing, and that it was a smart move …

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