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An Expelled teacher muses on carrying the lamp of learning into Darwin’s smoky cave

In Free to Think: Why Scientific Integrity Matters (2010), Expelled’s Caroline Crocker recalls a conversation with a tutoring student’s mother, after a session teaching the textbook Darwin sludge: “I want her to learn the truth!” Felicita exclaimed …Here I hesitated, “Listen, being vocal about this issue probably lost me three jobs and resulted in my Read More…

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The devil has left Dover, and was last spotted in Nashville

At Religion Dispatches, Laurie “Devil in Dover” Lebo reports, “Anti-Science Bill Passes Tennessee House”: The bill, which has yet to pass the Senate, would require teachers to be helped “to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies.” It also says that teachers may not be prohibited from “helping students Read More…

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Coffee!! Mother of all creationism-in-the-schools scares in Britain

In the land that gave us Shakespeare and Isaac Newton, all is well in the schools. Encouraging signs are stuff like: A girl is suspended for wearing a crucifix but Sikh religious gear is permitted; national public observances are ignored to avoid conflict with the timetable routine; vile anti-Hindu propaganda and unprovoked beatings at some Read More…

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Tennessee would permit critical thinking on received science dogmas

From AAAS’s ScienceInsider we learn: “Bill Allowing Teachers to Challenge Evolution Passes Tennessee House” (Sara Reardon, 7 April 2011): If the bill passes, Tennessee would join Louisiana as the second state to have specific “protection” for the teaching of evolution in the classroom. The effects of the Louisiana law, which passed in 2008, are still Read More…

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First UK-based ID Summer School

Here. Week July 18th to 22nd inclusive. Presenters will include: Prof Steve Fuller, Warwick University Prof Guillermo Gonzales, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, USA Dr David Galloway, Vice President Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow John Langlois, Barrister Dr Alastair Noble, Director, Centre for Intelligent Design, Glasgow. Prof Chris Shaw, Queens University, Belfast. Dr Jonathan Wells, Discovery Read More…

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Critical thinking about critical thinking

In the Florida Times-Union, Abel Harding tells us, “Florida Legislature poised to battle over teaching evolution in schools”: Critics say that Wise’s legislation could open the door for teachers and students to challenge evolution, which they say is settled science.”You can have critical analysis of everything, but the idea that you should single out evolution Read More…

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The Epistemological Deficiencies of Barbara Forrest

Denyse O’Leary writes about Barbara Forrest’s fact-free attack on Frank Beckwith, which recently appeared in Synthese. While Denyse focused more on Beckwith’s response to Forrest’s scholarly article diatribe, it might be worth taking a closer look not only at Forrest’s article, but the entire issue of Synthese in which it is found. First Forrest. In Read More…

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Creationism in the schools advocate sighted in Chicago

If this isn’t a hoax, it is a rarely sighted genuine effort to “teach creationism in the schools”, as opposed to an attempt to replace the Beard Almighty with some/any kind of science thinking about evolution: Still, when asked about adding creationism to the curriculum, Lake Zurich School Board candidate Doug Goldberg said to the Read More…

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“If it ain’t broke … ” Cricket shows no change in 100 million years. Nor does Texan School Lobby from New Dark Ages

Yes, apparently, the cricket has carved out new territory in sheer conservatism: A fossil found in northeastern Brazil confirmed that the splay-footed cricket of today has at least a 100-million-year-old pedigree.Researchers have discovered the 100 million-year-old ancestor of a group of large, carnivorous, cricket-like insects that still live today in southern Asia, northern Indochina and Read More…

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Well, it’s Valentines Day, and …

… it turns out that Jerry “whyevolutionistrue” Coyne doesn’t like Elaine Ecklund, a Templeton author on faith and science*: Elaine Ecklund is making more hay out of her Templeton-funded research than I would have thought possible. Author of the book Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, she has spent her post-publication time distorting her Read More…