News From Around The Blogosphere 01.01.09

January 2, 2009

Teacher terminated over marriage – A woman who worked at Central Catholic High School was fired because her fiance was divorced. Actually I believe that according to “traditional marriage,” there’s no such thing as divorce, meaning this would be polygamy, which is fully endorsed in The Bible. So what’s the problem? This is what happen, folks, when you give religion even an inch into the doorway of your bedroom. It’s only a matter of time before they start dictating who you can talk to.

Orac is nominated again for Best Medical/Health Issues Blog of 2008 – Maybe next year Age of Autism (though I doubt it). And Autism Vox was another nominee. Congratulations you guys and good luck.

ERV recounts the epic fails of Intelligent Design’s Christmas past

Another reason for the Religious Right to hate Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliff is an atheist.

The Happiness Myth - A review of Jennifer Michael Hecht’s latest book.

Hecht previously wrote Doubt: A History,which reminds me to recommend everyone go out and see the new film, Doubt, which I think is hand’s down one of the best films this year with brilliant performances by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Who would have thought a film about skepticism would be a serious Oscar contender?

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyOrigin Of Species In Oceans Challenged -

“New evidence uncovered by oceanographers challenges one of the most long-standing theories about how species evolve in the oceans.

Most scientists believe that allopatric speciation, where different species arise from an ancestral species only after breeding populations have become physically isolated from each other, is the dominant mode of speciation both on land and in the sea. The key to this theory is the existence of some kind of physical barrier that operates to restrict interbreeding (gene flow) between populations so that, given enough time, such populations diverge until they’re considered separate species.

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Research by Dr Philip Sexton formerly of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (now at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego) and Dr Richard Norris (also of Scripps) suggests, however, that this mode of diversification may not be as prevalent for oceanic creatures as it is for land dwellers and somewhat controversially, they assert that the above model of speciation may actually be very rare in the world’s oceans.”

Now of course we can expect creationists to claim this is proof that Evolution is entirely wrong but of course that’s just throwing the baby out with the bathwater. This is just a broadening of our knowledge of how Evolution works. Science, unlike religion, is willing to admit error and correct mistakes according to the evidence.

‘Missing Link’ In Spider Evolution Discovered – “New interpretations of fossils have revealed an ancient missing link between today’s spiders and their long-extinct ancestors. The research by scientists at the University of Kansas and Virginia’s Hampden-Sydney College may help explain how spiders came to weave webs.” And here’s a new transitional fossil for creationists to deny.

Now what you’ve all been waiting for:  FIGHTING MONKS!!!

Was the Where’s Matt viral video a hoax? – Very funny stuff.


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