Today is Charles Darwin’s birthday. Five years ago, on Darwin’s 200th birthday Jerry Coyne wrote Darwin a letter. The New Republic has published Coyne’s letter because “It’s Darwin’s 205th Birthday, and People Still Don’t Accept Evolution : A Letter to the Man Behind the Theory.” You can read the whole … Continue reading
Here is a quick follow up to my post about religious books sneaking into science sections of bookstores. A very nice customer representative called me and told me that they completely agree that the book, Darwin’s Doubt should be filed under Religion and that it will be filed this way … Continue reading
Last week I engaged in vigilante book re-categorization at Chapters-Indigo. I moved Stephen Meyer’s book from the Science section to the Religion section. I had written Chapters-Indigo last year (more on this below) and they had agreed to re-categorize the book, so I wasn’t sure what happened at this store … Continue reading
My Science Academy posted a well written article called Science and Sensationalism: Fukushima and the Myth of the Giant Squid today. It debunks some ridiculous internet claims concerning Fukushima, radioactivity and giant squids. These claims wouldn’t become viral sensations if people exercised critical thinking. One of the most important skills you can … Continue reading
I haven’t watched the Ham with cheese on Nye debate yet – it’s a pretty low priority on my list of things to do – but there’s a Buzzfeed post by Matt Stropera that’s gone viral showing creationists holding up questions for the other side (Stropera’s term, not mine).
In my first post about the American psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion“, I explained that I was more or less in agreement with Haidt’s conclusion that human moral decision-making is driven more by emotion and intuition than by conscious … Continue reading
Veronica posted a great article about Tiktaalik yesterday that mentioned the new Canadian Mint coin. I ordered mine as soon as it was available and I’m looking forward to adding it to my existing collection. The coins glow in the dark in skeleton form and the paleo-artist, Julius Csotonyi does … Continue reading
Meet Tiktaalik roseae: an extraordinary fossil fish Tiktaalik roseae, better known as the “fishapod,” is a 375 million year old fossil fish which was discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004. Its discovery sheds light on a pivotal point in the history of life on Earth: when the very first … Continue reading
If you missed the Nye vs. Ham debate and want to see it, you can view it here. If you’d like an analysis of the debate, Jerry Coyne has a nice write up on Why Evolution is True (WEIT) called Who won the big evolution/creation debate? The consensus is Nye … Continue reading
If you can stomach it, Bill Nye is debating Ken Ham tonight & it is currently being streamed live on YouTube. You’ll recall that Australians have already apologized for Ken Ham. Amusingly, Ham has already stated that secularists have hijacked the word, “science”. Good grief!