Monthly Archives: February 2006

Judge Jones in Fast Company

The current issue of Fast Company features 50 people contributing to our future outlook, and Judge John E. Jones III of the Kitzmiller v. DASD case is among them. Unsurprisingly, the magazine’s take fits in with a recurrent theme here: good science education is not just a good idea, it is intimately related to our… Read More »


One of the side effects of travelling and talking is getting to meet lots of new people… and being exposed to new viruses. I picked one up this last trip and am suffering through a cold at the moment. I’m sure that if I do everything just right, I can be rid of it in… Read More »

Henry M. Morris, 1918-2006

Henry Madison Morris, the most prominent and influential antievolutionist of the 20th century, died yesterday, February 25th, 2006. Morris and John Whitcomb kicked off modern antievolution efforts in 1961 with the publication of The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications. Morris also founded and was president of the Institute for Creation Research.… Read More »

Talk at Law Review Symposium

The following is the text of my five minute segment about evolutionary biology. ==== Evolutionary biology has a big idea, that organisms are linked in a shared history of descent with modification from one or a few original forms. This is the theory of common descent. In examining aspects of common descent, researchers are interested… Read More »

North Carolina Visit

I’m now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the Carolina Law Review Symposium on Religion in the Public Schools. Dan Feldman kindly picked me up at the airport and transported me to the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, which will also be the site of the symposium. Richard Katskee is in another session of this… Read More »

AAAS, Day 1 Report

Nick Matzke and I set up the NCSE booth at AAAS in the morning. At noon, they opened the exhibit hall to attendees. We had brought 24 copies of Dr. Eugenie C. Scott’s book, Evolution vs. Creationism : An Introduction, and by the evening, we only had four copies left. Several people familiar to us… Read More »

Science Marching On

Diane will be heading out today on the first stage toward the field season in Wyoming. The research group is setting up camp, so we now have an RV, a trailer. We’ve been hurriedly getting it outfitted. The other big thing is getting gear to produce sound for playback to the sage grouse. Here’s the… Read More »

Ohio Wakes Up

On the 14th, the state of Ohio took notice that its “teach the controversy” position, using the phrase “critical analysis”, was actually implemented in such a way that it endorsed creationist argument. The state board voted to remove the “critical analysis” lesson phrase, the part of the benchmark in the standards that set it up… Read More »

Lies, Liars, and Anti-Science

Bruce Salem had a hypothesis on the newsgroup: Engineers seem to be disproportionately predisposed to take an antievolution position. I think I’ve got another sociological hypothesis to put out there: Lying scum seem to be disproportionately predisposed to take an antiscience position. Some clarification for those ready to jump to erroneous conclusions: The hypothesis… Read More »

Darwin Day

I’m just home from giving a short talk at Stanford as part of the “Rational Thought” student group’s Darwin Day celebrations. My topic was a brief background on the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. Mine was the final presentation of the day. Earlier, Frank Sulloway gave a very nice presentation on the influence of the Galapagos… Read More »

Does ID Get a Pass?

On Friday, Feb. 3rd, I was able to pose a question to Greer-Heard Forum headliners Michael Ruse and William Dembski. Here’s a transcript of that segment: WRE:Actually I’m interested in a public policy aspect of this whole thing. Last month, I got on the Web of Science database search and looked up the term “cold… Read More »

Greer-Heard Update

I have a few minutes before the plane home loads up, so I will have to be brief. The basic thing to know is that the primary things about this event was that it was a Michael Ruse and Bill Dembski show. The rest of us were distinctly in the “and many more” section of… Read More »

Greer-Heard Forum

I’m headed off very early in the morning Friday to catch a flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Friday evening and the day on Saturday up until 5 PM are blocked out for the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Greer-Heard Forum. This is billed as a non-confrontational but substantive exchange of ideas among scholars on controversial topics.… Read More »

Censorship as Damage

A Reuters news report has Bill Gates saying the government censorship of web sites will not work. Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates said on Wednesday that government attempts to censor Web sites or blogs would fail since the banned information could get out in defiance of official efforts. The spread of private e-mail means online… Read More »

The Folks Behind the Leak of the “Wedge”

Seattle Weekly has a scathing article on home-town outfit, the Discovery Institute. But the most startling part is that the leakers of the DI “Wedge” document are identified as Matt Duss and Tim Rhodes. The story begins, so far as the world at large is concerned, on a late January day seven years ago, in… Read More »