PBS to Air Your Inner Fish, Wednesday April 9

This Wednesday, April 9, PBS will air Your Inner Fish, a three part television series based on Neil Shubin’s book of the same title. The book traces the evolution of the human body back millions of years to early fish and includes the famous Tiktaalik, the late Devonian fish Shubin and his team discovered in the Canadian … Continue reading

Pi Day

Oxford Dictionaries’ Oxford Words blog is celebrating Pi Day with a post entitled “Pi Day: or the world of homonyms, homographs, and homophones”: Today is Pi Day, a day, presumably, when all things 3.14159 are celebrated. Unless I have made a typo in the first sentence, it should be obvious … Continue reading

Atheists are not Automatically Sociopaths: A Scientific Refute of a Meme

This gem popped up in my Facebook feed today. Like many internet memes, I have no idea of its origins but I hope it’s not indicative of what people really think about atheists (i.e.: atheist = sociopath). But just in case, I thought I’d go through this meme’s assertions sentence … Continue reading

Reminder! Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Airs Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the rebooted Cosmos series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will air tomorrow night. I have high hopes that the series will counteract  some of today’s pseudo-science (as I expressed here) and so does Executive Producer, Seth MacFarlane as he told the LA Times: I think that there is … Continue reading

The Reboot of Cosmos Premières Sunday, March 9

I love Brian Cox’s pithy responses to creationists when he calls them “nutters” or if he isn’t cleaning it up for the kids, “twats”. However, one of his lengthier remarks is among his most important: The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express … Continue reading

Don Prothero Exposes Ham’s “Observational” vs. “Historical” Science for What It Is: Pure bunk!

You may recall that Don Prothero, the prominent American paleontologist, geologist, and author of great books like Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters coached Bill Nye in his debate vs. Ken Ham. In an earlier post, I referenced his behind-the-scenes perspective. Now Prothero addresses that annoying bit of vocabulary we … Continue reading

The Christian Re-write of Mediaeval History

It seems that a few years ago a couple of authors (Jaki, Stark) released books declaring that Christianity gave rise to modern science and medicine via the dedicated work of monks (Bacon, Aquinus) during the Middle Ages. This certainly wasn’t the history I was taught. I learned that the ancients, … Continue reading

Ex Libris: Jonathan Haidt, “The Righteous Mind” (Part III)

My first and second posts about the American psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion” discussed Haidt’s claims that morality is largely intuitive rather than rational and that moral intuition is based on six “foundations” that Haidt calls “Care/Harm”, “Fairness/Cheating”, “Loyalty/Betrayal”, … Continue reading

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