Yesterday’s Star Press, the local paper of Muncie Indiana, where Ball State University (BSU) resides, reports on the case of Eric Hedin, the professor who is teaching Christianity and creationism in his science class (see here,here,and here for my previous posts on this issue). A few days ago reporter Seth Slabaugh interviewed me for the […]
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Local paper reports on Ball State creationism class; Ball State weasels, citizens support teaching creationism
I’m very pleased that posting of some some readers’ photographs has inspired others to send me their nature photos. If you’ve got good ones, send them along, but I reserve the right to choose which ones to publish. This one clearly made the cut. Reader John Chardine, a professional bird photographer, sent me a picture […]
It’s in Mississippi, of course, perhaps America’s most benighted state. Although the news is a bit late (this was reported three weeks ago), it’s timely in representing the never-flagging forces of religious indoctrination in my country: From The Raw Story: A high school in central Mississippi allegedly forced students to watch a Christian video and […]
From last night, shortly after the invisible sunset (click to enlarge):
Everyone says that atheists don’t have heroes, as if heroes are somehow like gods. The “no-hero” claims comes across to me as a bit smug. Well, I have heroes, and one of them is Richard Feynman, a great physicist, science teacher, science popularizer, and fascinating human being. Yesterday‘s Telegraph, “Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and […]
The inimitable zefrank1, of the biology “True Facts About . . .” series, has upped his game, and has produced a video called “Sad cat diary.” Henri-like in its dolorous resignation, it’s also hilarious.
The Pew Research Center just issued a report on Islamic beliefs: “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” (a one page summary here). The researchers surveyed over 38,000 people in one-on-one interviews in 39 countries—all countries having more than 10 million Muslims. Unfortunately, they left out Saudi Arabia and Iran, where, they note, “political sensitivities […]
by Matthew Cobb Today’s 2-minute ‘Tweet of the day’ on BBC Radio 4 was devoted to my favourite bird, the Common Swift, Apus apus. You can listen to David Attenborough’s brief programme here. For many European readers, the sight and sound of swifts is the sign that summer is a-coming. As this excellent video from […]
by Matthew Cobb BBC Radio 4 has launched a new daily series on British songbirds, ‘Tweet of the Day’. It’s two minutes long, narrated by David Attenborough and is on at 5:58 AM London time. Given that, one way or another, many WEIT readers will be in bed at that time, here’s the link so you can all […]
by Matthew Cobb While Jerry lies on his bed of pain, here’s a great drawing by Jorge Cham of PhDComics, describing the research of Jack Tseng. Scroll down – there’s a 2-minute video, too!