(via What’s new by Bob Park – Friday, August 25, 2006) 2. EVOLUTION: GUESS WHAT WAS MISSING FROM THE SMART-GRANT LIST? The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Tuesday that the list of majors that qualify for Smart grants, prepared by the Department of Education, had a blank line. It turned out to be the … Continue reading “Guess what was missing from the Smart Grant list?”
(via Pharyngula) U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution A chart showing public acceptance of evolution in 34 countries. The United States ranked near the bottom, beat only by Turkey. As the Republicans in power would say, Mission Accomplished.
I recently posted an article questioning some of the conclusions found in the news story, Roots of human family tree are shallow. I just received the abstract and some relevant excerpts from the original article in Nature. Here’s an excerpt explaining some of the assumptions the authors made: Several factors could cause the time to … Continue reading “It’s the reporting that was shallow”
Roots of human family tree are shallow With the help of a statistician, a computer scientist and a supercomputer, Olson has calculated just how interconnected the human family tree is. You would have to go back in time only 2,000 to 5,000 years – and probably on the low side of that range – to … Continue reading “I think the analysis might be shallow”
(via John Carroll magazine) Doctors Joseph Kelly and Valerie Flechtner, longtime members of, respectively, the faculties of Religious Studies and Biology, have co-written an engaging explanation of why the fervently advocated alternative evolutionary theories of Creationism and Intelligent Design are simply not good science. In a feature in which Kelly and Flechtner offer two separate … Continue reading “Good News from my Alma Mater”
Polygraph Results Often in Question: The CIA, the FBI and other federal agencies are using polygraph machines more than ever to screen applicants and hunt for lawbreakers, even as scientists have become more certain that the equipment is ineffective in accurately detecting when people are lying. Instead, many experts say, the real utility of the … Continue reading “Are polygraphs worthless?”
(via Bad Astronomy Blog) From the February 4, 2004 issue of the New York Times: In October, for example, George Deutsch, a presidential appointee in NASA headquarters, told a Web designer working for the agency to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang, according to an e-mail message from Mr. Deutsch … Continue reading “Bush administration pro-science? I don’t think so…”
(via Pharyngula) For your enjoyment and edification, here’s an Intelligent Design FAQ.
(via Dark Bilious Vapors) The Museum of Hoaxes has posted a Hoax Photo Test. I got 10/10 on level one: I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine if the above image is a hoax.
(via Pharyngula) Fundies Say the Darndest Things! — Holy crap! This site would be hilarious if it wasn’t for the fact I’ve heard and read such stupidity myself. Here’s some of my favorites from the November archive: Gravity is NOT a theory. It is completely understood. [link] I guess I missed the big announcement that … Continue reading “Fundamentalist Idiocy”