Royal Society says NO to creationism – A few days ago I blogged about Michael Reiss, who seemed to advocate for the teaching of creationism in the UK. Well, now Reiss has resigned from his position as the director of education of the Royal Society
“The Royal Society’s position is that creationism has no scientific basis and should not be part of the science curriculum However, if a young person raises creationism in a science class, teachers should be in a position to explain why evolution is a sound scientific theory and why creationism is not, in any way, scientific.”
Richard Dawkins surprisingly defends Reiss, arguing that Reiss was merely trying to show creationists respect while still disagreeing with them. Though I guess I belong to the same camp as Dawkins in that we don’t think creationists deserve our respect. Of course, the creationists took no time before exploiting this incident to promote their propaganda.
Apparently mildly insulting The Pope in song warrants death threats now – Protestant pastor Clemens Bittlinger is also a musician and well, his latest song didn’t go over too well with The Pope so now he needs armed protection to avoid the Catholic fatwa against him. I guess Islam and Catholicism aren’t that different after all. So what did he say that warrants these death threats? According to the Telegraph:
The song’s title is ‘Oh man, Benedikt, a walk with the Pope’, and asks “two or three questions because there’s a lot I don’t understand”.
“Why do you revile other Christians?” its lyrics ask. “Why are you openly looking for a fight, saying: Yours is not a church…. You ban condoms, even for the poor of this world. So you encourage the spread of AIDS even if you do not like it. Meanwhile you abandon limbo for babies who haven’t been baptised. Did you seriously believe that the Lord had something like that in the first place?”
Is the 4 Minute Exercise Machine a waste of time, space, money . . . and anything else you can think of? – It’s hard to believe that a product bought by Tom Cruise and John Travolta wouldn’t work. [rolling eyes]
The Case For “The Case For . . .” Books – Funny satire mocking Christian apologist Lee Strobel and his infinite number of books he’s written with titles beginning with “The Case For . .. ”
The serious harm caused by arguably the most peaceful religion in the world – A 17-year-old Jainist girl starved herself for 34 days straight. Remarkably, she survived. What’s also remarkable is how fantastically stupid she, her parents, and the entire Jainist community was for allowing this insanity to occur in the first place.
AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:
How Memories Are Made, And Recalled – “For the first time, scientists at UCLA and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have recorded individual brain cells in the act of calling up a memory, thus revealing where in the brain a specific memory is stored and how the brain is able to recreate it.”
Oldest Living Lineage Of Ants Found In Amazon – “A new species of blind, subterranean, predatory ant discovered in the Amazon rainforest by University of Texas at Austin evolutionary biologist Christian Rabeling is likely a descendant of the very first ants to evolve . . . Ants evolved over 120 million years ago from wasp ancestors. They probably evolved quickly into many different lineages, with ants specializing to lives in the soil, leaf-litter or trees, or becoming generalists.”