A short while ago I reported, based on a post on DarwinQuixote site, that while the province of Ontario requires teaching of evolution in secondary-school biology classes, there’s no requirement for teaching human evolution. A colleague of the DarwinQuixote author wrote to Ontario’s Ministry of Education asking about this omission, and got the following reply: “Ensuring that curriculum […]
Category Archives: Intelligent Design Creationism Watch
Ontario school officials respond—or rather, fail to respond—to queries about why they don’t require teaching human evolution
I’m exhausted from writing about science, so don’t expect much substantive stuff for the rest of the day. But here’s a bit of popular science, or rather unpopular science: a lovely Kickstarter Project by a creationist, one Christian Klingeler. Klingeler is apparently studying evolutionary psychology at a good university but is also a creationist who accepts a “multi-stage” […]
I have no fricking idea why the existence of the planet Jupiter should violate evolutionary theory, but this Australian child clearly thinks it not only does, but also testifies to the glory of God. Can anybody explain the evolution part? The sad part is that the audience probably took this claim at face value. Here’s […]
Oklahoma homeschool “science fair,” associated with state university, perverts science by making it support God
From yesterday’s issue of lostogle.com, a site for news from Oklahoma, we hear that the University of Oklahoma, a public institution, has apparently gotten itself entangled with a homeschool “science fair” that prioritizes faith over fact—in fact, it contaminates the science with God. The site reports this: Yesterday afternoon, an Ogle Mole alerted me to a […]
The title of the article at issue is a masterpiece of dissimulation, because if you read the piece you’ll find that its author, a rabbi, is skeptical completely because of religion. In fact, I’ve known of only one evolution-denier who didn’t form that opinion on religious grounds (it’s David Berlinski, and I suspect he’s a secret believer), although […]
This was sent by Dan Dennett, who said that although it’s not great, it has its moments. And it does.
Here’s a bit of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s commencement address at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic girls school teaching students from kindergarten through 12th grade (age 18). This was his granddaughter’s commencement, which accounts for why he spoke. Scalia is a devout Catholic. I start the video at 2:32, where Scalia remarks that […]
To paraphrase Clarence Darrow, creationism is always busy and needs feeding, and their lawsuits and incursions into the schools won’t stop until religion is no longer with us. Fortunately, this latest lawsuit, reported by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), is a bull-goose loser. (The short 3-page complaint is here.) The state is West […]
The correlation between rejection of evolution and rejection of environmental regulation: what does it mean?
I was sent the following Washington Post tw**t, which refers to an article by Chris Mooney, an accommodationist who now works for that paper. Of course I was intrigued, so I went to both Mooney’s article and the source of that graph, an analysis of Pew-poll data and a post by Josh Rosenau, another accommodationist who works for […]
Well, this is from The Onion, and of course it’s a spoof (a great one, by the way), but it’s clearly written by someone familiar not only with evolution, but with the fatuous “non-continuity” arguments for intelligent design (ID). One of them, for instance, is Michael Behe’s self-contradictory claim that he has no problem with the common ancestry […]