Monthly Archives: January 2009

A Commercial You Won’t Be Seeing

Verizon Wireless has acquired Alltel Wireless. Remember the perky commercials featuring Chad, the personable Alltel Wireless salesman? And the four dorks representing the competing firms of Cingular, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon? Recent corporate events should, for completeness sake, be reflected in one last commercial with the line-up of actors. In this one, though, Matthew Brent… Read More »

Missing Mike Majerus

Mike Majerus, the Cambridge zoologist and lepidopterist, died overnight between this past Monday and Tuesday. Majerus patiently rebutted both religious antievolutionist and scientific misunderstandings of the evidence for evolution provided by industrial melanism seen in the peppered moth, Biston betularia. NCSE has a summary rebuttal to antievolutionist claims about resting places of moths mostly based… Read More »

Fuz Rana: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

An old joke can be recycled… Q. How do you know when a professional antievolution advocate is lying? A. Their lips are moving. Sometimes it seems like the derivative above comes close to the truth. Take, for instance, Fuz Rana’s article, “What Darwin Didn’t Know”, appearing in Charisma magazine. Here’s an example of a whopper… Read More »


I’ll shortly be on the road headed for Canton, Ohio to attend my aunt’s funeral tomorrow. I expect to be back Tuesday, but I don’t know that I’ll have Internet access in the meantime.

The 23rd of January Rolls Around

I’m up late, so when it turns early on the 23rd, I’ll post this. On this day in 1960, the bathyscaphe Trieste visited the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and I was born in Lakeland, Florida. Shortly I’ll turn in for the night, and time will slide smoothly by like the dark waters of the… Read More »

The Latest PETA Lunacy: “Sea Kittens”

NPR reports on the latest “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) publicity campaign, this one aimed at reducing fishing and use of fish as food. One can imagine the PETA brainstorming session for this: what might make people treat fish differently? And some unknown genius there got the idea that they could rename… Read More »

Discovery Institute: More Propaganda Misuse of “Academic Freedom”

The Discovery Institute, who told everybody for years that they should “wedge” “intelligent design” creationism into the public schools (and even went so far as repeatedly suggesting that various administrators and officials “follow the law” when referring to the vestiges of the failed Santorum Amendment buried in the “No Child Left Behind” conference report), are… Read More »

Go Gators!

I was able to catch the game last night from part-way into the third quarter. As I tuned in Oklahoma was on their second touchdown drive, and it looked like they had the Gator defense all figured out. As time went on, it became clear that was not the case. The Ahmad Black interception that… Read More »

Why Your Neighbor Hates Evolution

Lansing Community College had an in-service day today with round-table discussions. Diane and I had volunteered to lead three such sessions, using the topic, “Why Does My Neighbor Hate Evolution?” The first session had a small group entirely composed of people who saw antievolution as a problem, but the second and third sessions included self-proclaimed… Read More »

Medical and Journalistic Shading

Marcia Angell has an article in the New York Review of Books that considers three books touching upon modern medicine and unseemly links to corporate pharmaceutical companies. Angell takes up various problems, but I was intrigued when she got around to how companies now control research, sometimes shading a negative experimental result in a way… Read More »

Fragmentary Fossils

Mr. Elsberry; I came across the talk origins site on accident as I was doing some browsing about the subject of origins (particularly intermediate or transitional forms). As a complete neophyte to paleontology I had a couple of questions and your answers seemed to be some of the most cohesive that I found. How are… Read More »

Steve Fuller’s Crusade

Sociologist and post-modernist Steve Fuller has joined the posting crew at Uncommon Descent, joining such luminaries as David Scott Springer and Denyse O’Leary. Fuller has a couple of posts up already, and is offering his analysis of what “intelligent design” argumentation ought to be. That is, a sociologist is proposing a prescriptive philosophical take on… Read More »