Category Archives: science education

Mashable video: Common myths about evolution

A short while back the people at Mashable told me that they wanted to produce a short video on evolution—one dispelling some of the common myths about it.  I talked to them in detail, and, using their ideas as well as input from me and others, they came up with this 3-minute video: The video is also on […]

The Jesus Delusion

Don McLeroy, former head of the Texas State Board of Education and a regular member for several years during The Great Texas Textbook Wars, added his own comment (he’s moderated) to the post “Catholic biologist Ken Miller talks about God and evolution”. This is what appeared on my dashboard. McLeroy, as many of you know, is […]

Why do people deny climate change? Plus a plea for accommodationism (not from me)

  This is the second post inspired by a short essay in the New York Times, “When beliefs and facts collide,” by Brendan Nyhan, whose essay itself discusses a 49-page paper by Dan M. Kahan that’s in press in Advances in Political Psychology. Kahan is a professor of law and psychology at Yale. (Kahan’s paper, in advance form, can be […]

Do people who deny evolution know less about it than others?

Several people sent me a short essay in the New York Times, “When beliefs and facts collide,” by Brendan Nyhan.  They thought, correctly, that I’d be interested in it because it discusses the reasons why so many Americans deny palpably true science, in particular evolution and human-caused global warming. Both of these “theories” are supported […]

Tim White pwns a creationist student

Don Prothero posted this video on his Facebook page, and though it’s four years old, it’s a model of how to politely answer a creationist’s question. In this case, the creationist seems to be a student is at Berkeley (what???), and the professor is Tim White, the famous paleontologist who worked on hominins, especially australopithecines like […]

Karl Giberson is puzzled why theistic evolution isn’t gaining adherents

Karl Giberson, the former Executive Vice President of the accommodationist organization BioLogos, has started writing for The Daily Beast. And, judging by Sunday’s column, “What’s driving America’s evolution divide?“, he seems to be having either a crisis of faith or a crisis of tactics. His starting point is the most recent Gallup data on American beliefs about […]

Evolution bananas this time!

Remember the creationist outside the Evolution meetings who handed out bananas with Bible verses on them yesterday? My ex-student Mohamed Noor (president of the Society), decided to respond by making evolution bananas, which were placed in the fruit bowl at the meetings. The Society issued an official tw**t: Those of you who have studied evolution will recognize the […]

UK bans all teaching of creationism in government-supported schools

Here’s good news from the UK, and a reminder of how backwards the U.S. is in its attitude towards teaching evolution. As reported by io9 as well as The British Humanist Association, all schools that receive government support in the UK will now be banned from teaching pseudoscience—including creationism—and required to teach evolution. This is a […]

Epic rap battle: Newton vs. Bill Nye

This kind of science humor usually falls flat, but this one’s pretty good. A Neil DeGrasse Tyson rapper also appears: Newton wins. h/t: Miss May

No succor for creationists: Ball State University appoints a scientist as president

Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana, was the site of “Hedingate,” the controversy about whether Eric Hedin, a professor of Physics and Astronomy, could proselytize his students for Intelligent Design (ID) and Abrahamic religion in his Honors science class. After a complaint to the President by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, BSU’s president, Jo Ann Gora, convened […]

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