The Big Accommodationism Debate: all relevant posts

The Big Debate continues about whether faith and science are compatible and whether scientists should criticize those religious people who agree with them about matters like evolution.  Several people, however,  have complained that discussion is spread out among so many places — and people — that it’s confusing to follow, especially now that Jason Rosenhouse, […]

P. Z. Myers is evil

He shaved his cat!

Shoot me now: Coca Cola is an official partner of the Creation Museum

Well, I’ve officially sworn off Coca Cola.  Thank to P.Z. on Pharyngula, I’ve discovered that Kentucky’s Creation Museum is  partnered with Coca-Cola. From the museum’s website: When you visit Noah’s Cafe you will notice that our deck is adorned with colorful bright red umbrellas courtesy of our Coke corporate partners. The Creation Museum and Coke […]

P. Z. Myers posts a felid

If P. Z. doesn’t stop doing this, I’ll be forced to start putting up cephalopods.  Right now I’ll blast him out of the water with this baby pygmy marmoset: Like Kim Jong Il, I can threaten with big weapons: I already have a baby anteater video  . . .

Darwinius: what’s at issue?

by Greg Mayer I’m leaving in a few days for Costa Rica, and Jerry is back, so this will be my last post on Darwinius, at least for awhile. At least three different issues have been debated in the blogosphere concerning “Ida“: 1) What are her phylogenetic relationships; 2) Was the media campaign excessive; and […]

Child doomed by religious faith

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion. –Steven Weinberg No conflict between science and religion, you say?  Have a look at this article from the Minneapolist StarTribune.  Thirteen-year old Daniel Hauser, whose parents are Catholics but […]

P. Z. Myers goes after Templeton

He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil. —Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors Over at Pharyngula, the indefatigable P. Z. has a thoughtful post about whether scientists should take money from The Templeton Foundation. . . . How about an institution that hands out large grants with the expectation that the work […]

The dust settles (a little) at Panda’s Thumb

Over at Panda’s Thumb, Richard Hoppe has had second thoughts about his rather strong post attacking P. Z. Myers and myself for criticizing scientific organiations like the AAAS and NCSE for their accommodationist stance toward faith and science.  (See also P. Z.’s reply.)  Hoppe still asserts that the NCSE is acting appropriately when pointing out […]

P. Z. gets a column, and more on what counts as evidence for evolution

P. Z. Myers, the beloved (and also despiséd) author of the popular science blog Pharyngula, has started producing a column on the Guardian website.  His first column is on asymmetry in animals — in particular the gene nodal, which sets up directional (left-right) asymmetries in animals.  P. Z. points out recent research (reference below) showing […]

Russell Blackford goes after faith/science compatibility

In a really nice essay on his blog “Metamagician and the Hellfire Club”, Australian writer Russell Blackford discusses the issue of the compatibility between science and faith and how that has become the official position of bodies like The National Academy of Sciences (a tip of the hat to PZ at Pharyngula for calling this […]