Tom Toles on ID

Tom Toles’s Dec. 23, 2005 cartoon:

The tagline “Maybe a new name…” at the bottom is perfect, because that’s exactly what Bill Dembski was advocating on his weblog:

I therefore offer the following proposal if ID gets outlawed from our public schools: retitle it Intelligent Evolution (IE).

I wrote about this earlier, but I’m glad the creationists’ tactics have entered the public consciousness enough that a mainstream cartoonist like Toles figures his readers will get it.

Mike Argento On the Dover Decision

The incomparable Mike Argento, the H.L. Mencken of the Dover Panda trial, regales us with his take on the decision in his latest column

It’s a smackdown.

This ruling should consign intelligent design to the scrapbin of bad ideas and finally permit the fanatics who push it – the disingenuous drones of the Discovery Institute – to fulfill their true destiny of trying to sell their ideas, along with flowers, at the airport with their fellow cultists, Scientologists and people who believe the CIA is trying to give us all brain cancer with satellites.

DarkSyde and Time

DarkSyde shows us what the world would look like at different speeds.

If you liked Aron-Ra’s “Who was your great100 grandpa?” article, you’ll love this one.

H.G. Wells’s time traveller only traveled 35 million years. Pah. What a wuss.

What’s the Difference Between Bill Dembski and An Apple?

The apple has a much thicker skin.

I refer you to this series of comments in Bill’s weblog: Read More

PZ Makes the Big Time

The front-page article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages is about PZ Myers. It answers the burning question that I’ve been wondering about for ages: what does “PZ” stand for?

Oh, and it also says what a pharyngula is.

Aluminum Foil Hats May Be Government Conspiracy, Study Shows

A group of researchers at MIT has investigated the ability of aluminum foil helmets to block radio transmissions, and noticed something startling: some frequencies are actually amplified by the foil chapeau.

Go read it and look at the pictures.

(Hat tip to Dick C. in t.o for the pointer.)

Behe Disproves Irreducible Complexity

Ed at Dispatches from the Culture Wars has an article ponting out how Behe’s one and only published research article on ID shows that IC isn’t all that improbable at all.

I read that testimony, but somehow never connected the dots as Ed did.

What Planet Does Behe Live On?

Michael Behe has written a weblog entry about his experience testifying at the Dover Panda trial, and I just have to ask: what’s the weather like in Bizarro World?

The cross examination was fun too, and showed that the other side really does have only rhetoric and bluster.

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The Worst Jobs in Science

Popular Science has an article listing the ten worst jobs in science.

#7 is Semen Washer.
#3 is Kansas Biology Teacher.

Thanks to JF for the tip.

Morons on Parade

Pat Robertson has apologized for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Earlier, he had said that his comment had been taken out of context, and that “take him out” didn’t necessarily mean “assassinate.” However, he also said

“If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war.”

I don’t see how that can mean anything other than “assassinate.” I guess his apology means that even he realizes the “out of context” defense won’t work in this case.
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