Category Archives: science education

Teaching evolution in Kentucky—with accommodationism

When I first gave a talk at the University of Kentucky in 2010 (could it really have been five years ago?), I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Krupa, a biologist and natural historian with wide interests, and with a reputation as an excellent teacher (see here for my visit to his lab). Krupa has now written […]

Neil Shubin wins “Friend of Darwin” award

I’m pleased to announce that my colleague Neil Shubin, paleobiologist, developmental biologist, and of course a co-discoverer of the “fishapod” Tiktaalik, has won the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin” award. There’s an announcement on PuffHo by NCSE director Ann Reid, recounting some of Shubin’s achievements.

A subversive pro-science cartoon from Tennessee

Reader Phil sent me a nice cartoon from a local newspaper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, with this note: “Perhaps you might enjoy the attached political cartoon. Clay Bennett is one of the lone bright spots in Tennessee journalism. I’m sure he gets a lot of hate mail. You can find more of his work here.” Non-Americans might […]

The Infinite Monkey Cage, Chicago

Our live performance of the Infinite Monkey Cage last night was, I judge, a big success, and I am always on the pessimistic side. I confess that I was nervous beforehand, as I didn’t know if I’d have much to contribute to a stellar panel that included the hosts, Brian Cox and Robin Ince, the […]

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 […]

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