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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…

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Lots of people are starting to notice that the textbooks are full of it

Ken Connor, commenting on Jonah Lehrer’s New Yorker piece (December 13, 2010) on the loss of replicability of science findings over time, writes, But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are Read More…

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A friend advises, re the dangers of teaching non-crackpot science …

It looks like New Mexico is next up for the scientific controversies wars. A new bill has been introduced that would allow teachers to inform students of controversies with respect to science, and specifically would prohibit them from being punished for doing so. The bill states ” A teacher who chooses to provide such information Read More…

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What’s really interesting about this wan Nature article on …

the supposed scandal that most American high school biology teachers have not drunk the Darwinade yet is the comments section, for example, I’m completely convinced that the reason actual science has such a poor impact in the science classroom is that large segments of the scientific community absolutely insist on drawing sweeping theological conclusions from Read More…

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Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) Weighs in on Science Education

Dr. Cornelius Hunter recently posted on some findingsfrom the NCSE (the National Center for the Selling of Evolutioner, I mean, Science Education, on how many biology teachers are reluctant to teach evolution. Now, TV personality Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has given us his two cents worth on this controversy. In the interview he’s asked Read More…