Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

2017 World Yoyo Champion

I had a Duncan yoyo as a kid, but barely managed simple tricks like “walking the dog”. Have a look at what Shu Takada, the world yoyo champion can do. (The contest was in Reykjavik in August.)

Theistic evolution is not science: More misrepresentation of a survey on British beliefs about evolution

Yesterday I wrote a brief post about a story published in the Guardian (really The Observer, but they post on the same site) called “Would you Adam and Eve it? Why creation story is at the heart of a new spiritual divide”. It also bore the invidious subtitle, “Major survey reveals that it’s atheists who perpetuate […]

Happy 60th birthday, central dogma!

JAC Intro: Today is precisely 60 years after Francis Crick, more of a genius than you realize, gave a famous lecture in London laying out what’s been called the “Central Dogma” of biology—about how information gets from genes to proteins via RNA intermediates. I asked Matthew, who wrote a very nice book  about the history […]

New Mexico school standards water down evolution, geology, and climate change

Mother Jones has an article by Andy Kroll about how the state of New Mexico has watered down a widespread and excellent secondary school science curriculum (grades kindergarden through 12): the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) developed in conjunction with National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I see that yesterday’s photo post was a repeat of one posted barely a week before. I blame jet lag, not senility. Today we return (I hope) to all new photos—of Lepidoptera. First, from reader Don Bredes, we have “two caterpillars: one good, one bad”. His notes are indented: Found this Black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; It’s Tuesday, when the work week ahead looks long and daunting; and it’s September 19, 2017, National Butterscotch Pudding Day. Enough said about that vile dessert. And it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. RRRRRRRR!!!! Kiss the black spot! (Is that good enough?) Again, it’s one of those days that not a lot happened […]

A “Dear Reza” note from a Bangladeshi woman

The three Muslim countries touted by Reza Aslan as “progressive” are Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Over the past couple weeks I’ve written about the oppression that Islam has exerted in Indonesia and Malaysia (granted, sharia law isn’t enforced everywhere). That leaves Bangladesh. And that’s where Zerin Firoze comes in: a woman from Bangladesh who gave […]

Beautiful white giraffe and white calf

Since both mom and calf are white, and the chance she mated with another white giraffe are low, this is probably a dominant form of whiteness. It’s not albinism, which is recessive, nor do the animals have the pink eyes of albinos. It could be leucism, which stops the migration of pigment-containing cells into the […]

Queer trans woman begs: “Excommunicate me from the church of social justice”

The CBC has both an audio podcast and a transcript of an eight-minute talk by Francis Lee, who describes herself as a cultural studies scholar who is also a queer and trans person of colour (“QTPOC”). When younger, she was an evangelical Christian, but gave that up to work on liberation politics for queer and […]

Quote of the day: on the benefits of victim status

On pp.48- 49 of his book The End of the Holocaust (2011), Alvin Rosenfield discusses the adoption of the “Holocaust” trope by groups like the Nation of Islam, whose leader Louis Farrakhan argued that “The holocaust of the black people has been a hundred times worse than the holocaust of the Jews.” I take no […]