Category Archives: science education

The Ratio meeting

The twice-yearly Ratio meeting in Sofia, which lasts a day each time, is unique in my experience: a large, privately-organized meeting designed solely to address science and skepticism. (They stay away from atheism.) It’s largely organized by Liubomir (“Lubo”) Baburov, who solicits donations but, I think, winds up paying a lot of the expenses out […]

Bedtime reading for Gus the Cat: WEIT

To finish off the work week, what better thing could we have than Gus the Earless Canadian Cat being read a bedtime chapter on speciation from WEIT? Here reader Taskin takes a few liberties with the text in my chapter on speciation (Chapter 7, “The Origin of Species,” p. 168), a chapter that I’m quite proud of. […]

Guest post: “The mind boggles: four leading UK universities accept creationist pseudoscience diploma as entry qualification”

by Matthew Cobb Over at The Guardian, young PhD student Jonny Scaramanga has just given Andrew Brown a lesson in a) how to write a decent article and b) why it is important to oppose creationism—and other pseudoscientific beliefs associated with religion, including in the UK. Scaramanga was educated at a UK creationist school between the […]

A bookish coincidence

Sadly, as I am preening the Albatross I have almost no time to write about science: such posts are much, much harder than posts on politics and atheism. Fortunately, the Albatross is almost at her nesting ground. Coincidentally, Matthew finished his book the same day as I did, and, yesterday, as I was going through my bibliography (mindless grunt […]

A prisoner wants answers about evolution

I used to get these letters all the time, when I was doing forensic DNA analysis (and testimony) for defense attorneys. Inmates would somehow find out about me, and write me letters asking for help. They were always pathetic, pleaded that they were innocent (something that has to be considered if they’re asking for DNA evidence), […]

Ohio supposedly makes its school standards bill more amenable to science

As Ohio’s House Bill 597 makes its way through the legislature, intended to prevent students from thinking while indoctrinating them with right-wing propaganda, a paragraph that could be construed as allowing religious explanations in science has been removed and replaced with other. (See my recent post on the issue here.) Here, from my post, is […]

A cute tw**t

Finally, to celebrate England’s new curriculum that starts teaching about evolution when kids are 10 or 11, we have this nice tw**t: Of course Steve Gould and Niles Eldredge would say, “NOW!”

Evolution now officially part of British primary-school curriculum

From the British Humanist Association comes an announcement about the advent of an evolution curriculum in British primary schools, so that evolution education, as of this year, begins at age 10 or 11 instead of age 14-15: Today sees a new national curriculum in English schools come into force, and for the first time this […]

Once there were billions

JAC: Yesterday I mentioned that today is an anniversary of note. I forgot that it was the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland by the Germans, and thus the beginning of World War II. But it’s also a biological anniversary, and Greg has volunteered to tell us about that one: by Greg Mayer Exactly […]

I was prescient! Bill Nye and the Ark Park

Mike Greer, a retired Baptist minister, is a rarity: someone who seems to speak out about the abuses inflicted by people who claim to have God on their side. He writes for Religion Dispatches, but that doesn’t mean he’s soft on faith. You can see that in his new piece, “Did the ‘Science Guy’ Bill […]

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