Archive for December 2005

Andrew Brown on Religion *

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A lot of it has to do with theory of mind, and ideas about purpose.… Read the rest

Despite Ruling, ID Is Not Going Away *

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It’s going to be a long haul.… Read the rest

Why Taxonomy Matters *

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Which plant is which, and its relationship to other plants, are central to our understanding of the world.… Read the rest

Gene Sparling on Finding the Ivory Bill *

Dec 31st, 2005 | Filed by

Just a great listen. The guy can tell a story.… Read the rest

Barbara Forrest on NPR’s Science Friday *

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Co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse on Kitzmiller case.… Read the rest

Jeb Bush on ‘Darwin’s Theory of Evolution’ *

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He doesn’t think it should be part of the curriculum.… Read the rest

‘The science is just a façade, a Potemkin village’ *

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The right to believe includes the right not to believe, say plaintiffs’ attorneys in ID case.… Read the rest


Dec 31st, 2005 2:34 am | By

There’s an intense discussion going on at Panda’s Thumb, on a thread of PZ’s that links to the comments by Dawkins and Dennett here – and now a new comment by Paul Kurtz. It’s that ‘should we shut up about religion or not?’ question. No we certainly should not, is my view, you will be calmly unamazed to hear. I tried to say it there only to be told I wasn’t allowed to comment. Because – what? I’ve been banned? I don’t think so, I think it must be a kink of some sort. Anyway I thought I wouldn’t waste my comment, so I’ll put it here. (At least I’m allowed to, here. It’s my Monopoly game and I … Read the rest


Dec 30th, 2005 8:00 pm | By

It’s time this kind of story got more attention than putative alienated [male] yoofs.

…a quiet revolution spreading among young European Muslim women, a generation that claims the same rights as its Western counterparts, without renouncing Islamic values. For many, the key difference is education, an option often denied their poor, immigrant mothers and grandmothers. These young women are studying law, medicine and anthropology…In the crowded immigrant suburbs ringing Paris, the scene of recent riots mostly led by young Muslim men, high school teachers say girls are the most motivated students because they have the most to gain.

Which is probably part of why they’re not the ones out setting fire to buses with people on them. Another part may … Read the rest

Rev Bob

Dec 30th, 2005 6:57 pm | By

There’s a stupid new meme kicking around. I saw it a few days ago – last week sometime, I think – in some newspaper ramble about poor persecuted religion. I nearly mentioned it then, but it was a small point, and I didn’t end up getting to it. But it needs to be stamped out – because it is so stupid and back to front and deceitful. And typical in that. It’s one of the favourite tactics of religious whiners, turning things upside down so that they get to accuse rationalists of the faults and flaws and feeblenesses that really belong to religionists. Like the deadeningly familiar ‘[insert non-religious idea here] is just another religion’ ploy. The new one turns … Read the rest

Identity of Bangalore Attackers Still Not Known *

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Prof Suresh Chandra calls Puri’s death a big blow to the field of science and research.… Read the rest

Malleus Mallificarum is Back *

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Vatican’s 1999 manual on exorcism sparks global surge in – exorcism. Brilliant.… Read the rest

Religious Demagoguery Never Palls in US *

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‘If you don’t stick up for the baby Jesus, who are you going to stick up for?’… Read the rest

Vicar Complains About Secularist ‘Agenda’ *

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Secularist defends ‘quotidian ethics based on our common humanity.’… Read the rest

Education is Escape for Muslim Women in Europe *

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Escape from controlling Muslim radicals and social codes enforced by fathers and brothers.… Read the rest

Stanford Displays Theory Books Without Apology *

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Others express desire for ‘theory with less jargon, that is comprehensible.’ Oxymoron?… Read the rest

A Reading Crisis? *

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Is it a crisis if people read older books instead of newer ones? Theirs instead of ours?… Read the rest

DNA Tests Ordered on Gujarat Mass Grave *

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More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the 2002 riots.… Read the rest

Hunt for Attackers in Bangalore *

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No motive has so far been established and no group has said it carried out the attack. … Read the rest

ID Needs Mockery Along With Judicial Decisions *

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Spaghetti monster and songs about incompetent design may reach more holdouts.… Read the rest