Category Archives: science education

Bill Nye revises his anti-GMO views

Since I’ve criticized Bill Nye for his scientifically unjustified warnings about GMOs (genetically modified organisms; see here and here for my earlier posts), I thought it only fair to add that he now seems to have modified those views. According to Dan Arel, Nye’s walked back his unwarranted fears, which of course could have been influential given his […]

Adam Gopnik: Why we should quiz politicians about their views of evolution

In honor of Darwin Day, writer Adam Gopnik penned a piece at the Nov. 19 Daily Comment site at the New Yorker: “The evolution catechism.” It’s about why politicians should be asked what they think about evolution: that is, whether they accept it or not. Some writers have argued that that question should be off limits, for who cares if […]

Philomena Cunk on “Time”

This is the first episode of Cunk’s “Moments of Wonder”. And yes, Dr. Stuart Clark is a real Science Man. Pity that Philomena didn’t say “monkey” this time, but I’d still marry her.

Surprise! ISIS bans teaching evolution in schools

This post is like telling people that Christians now worship Jesus. But I put it down for the record, for, after all, many Muslims accept evolution. It’s taught, for example, in Iranian public schools. Nearly all devout Muslims, however, are human exceptionalists with respect to evolution: while they may accept other species of plants and […]

I didn’t make Censor of the Year :-(

I was so pleased last year to be named the Discovery Institute’s “Censor of the Year” for 2013, recognizing my activities in deep-sixing the teaching of intelligent design at Ball State University. And I hoped I could make it two in a row; after all, we did get the principal of Lebanon High School to stop […]

Does creationism matter more because it’s connected with misogyny and homophobia?

It’s never a pleasure to criticize the views of someone I admire, especially if they’ve been active in the fight against creationism, like Jonny Scaramanga.  He started calling out creationism in the Guardian and Salon (and creationism’s vehicle, “Accelerated Christian Education”) when he was a student at London University; I’ve posted favorably about his activities several times before; and […]

In which I defend evolution but claim that denying it is not the same thing as denying gravity or relativity

The Washington Examiner is a conservative website, so when one of its reporters, Eddie Scarry, called me yesterday to talk about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s refusal to give his viewpoint on evolution, I asked if Scarry was himself against evolution. After receiving his assurances that he wasn’t, we then had a long conversation about Walker, and, in […]

Another Republican politician ducks question of whether he accepts evolution; making a full slate of GOP candidates who won’t affirm the truth of evolution

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a diehard conservative, is being bruited about as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Given that, it’s appropriate for us to examine his views about evolution, which are, after all, a touchstone of how far a man’s religious belief—or pandering to his constituency—blinds him to obvious scientific truth. Of course […]

New improved Lego Beagle

I’m informed by Luis Pena, who’s trying to get Lego to adopt an HMS Beagle kit, complete with Darwin, Fitzroy, and other stuff, that he has taken my suggestion and added an opened-up cabin showing Darwin arranging his specimens. (There was previously only an open-up version of the splenetic Fitzroy’s cabin.) Here’s the new addition […]

A Lego Beagle (Darwin’s): Vote for it!

I don’t know how long Lego sets have been around, as I didn’t have them as a kid (I made do with Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, and Tinkertoys). But they’re how a favorite among kids, and I like the idea of multi-use toys that you can make many things with. Legos can also come in specialized […]

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