Did science crush creationism in Texas – This has been major battle in the school board over the last few months but it looks like it might be yet another victory for science and reason. 2009 is already shaping up to be a bad year for creationists since Kent Hovind appeal was also rejected a few days ago. Good work, Texas scientists and educators!
And ever since the creationists lost the Dover Trial, Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute has been trying to spin their defeat as just part of the evil Leftist scientist conspiracy. Lately he’s been taking aim specifically at one of the chief witnesses at that trial, Biologist Dr. Ken Miller. Here, Miller addresses Luskin’s weak charges and smokes him again.
STATS dubious data awards for 2008 – Awards for “some of the worst abuses for science and statistics in the past year.” Some of the cases presented relate to bisphenol A in plastics, The Physicians Committee for “Responsible” Medicine (quotation marks mine), the alleged rainfall and autism connection, toxic shower curtains, acupuncture and fertility, and of course pixie dust.
Christian Right upset over eco-friendly Bible:
Old, Senile, and Ignorant – Charlie Daniels gets up on his appropriated named “Soapbox” to bitch and complain about how atheists are responsible for 9/11 while revealing that he knows nothing about atheists and hasn’t bothered to read any of the recent atheist literature. If you replaced all references to atheists and replaced it with women, blacks, Jews, gays, or any other marginalized group, people would be outraged. But it’s atheists, so it’s all okay.
A bus matron who was supposed to be assisting a young man with cerebral palsy abandoned him in the bus, still strapped to his seat while it was parked in the bus depot. . .for 17 hours because she didn’t want to be late for church.
The Atheist’s Way: Living Well Without Gods – Eric Maisel’s new book tries to answer the question, “How can a person make meaning in a universe that cares nothing about meaning?”
AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:
12,900-year-old Nanodiamond-rich Soil Found – “Abundant tiny particles of diamond dust exist in sediments dating to 12,900 years ago at six North American sites, adding strong evidence for Earth’s impact with a rare swarm of carbon-and-water-rich comets or carbonaceous chondrites, reports a nine-member scientific team.” According to Young Earth Creationists, that soil is 6,900 years older than the whole universe.