July 27th, 2007

Jesus Camp

July 26th, 2007

Saw this documentary recently. I highly recommend it as a very well produced film that opens a door into a growing sector of our nation’s community. Check it out:

Bill Maher, as usual, set up an extremely interesting conversation based on having watched the movie:

I would love to meet and talk with Mr. Maher. While I think he can be a raging jerk sometimes, he is also one of the most coherent voices in the media these days. I love it when people aren’t afraid to be smart.

Evolving Viewpoint

July 25th, 2007

One of the perks of having a science radio show is that from time to time I receive books on fascinating subjects. The better part of the equation is that now that I am finished with my dissertation, I once again have time to read books I find interesting. I’m going to do my best to review these books as time allows. Hopefully, I’ll give those of you who read this little blog an idea of whether or not they might be worth your time.

I recently received a book (well, ok, I requested it from the publisher… but, they did send it to me!) , called “40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, And Other Oddities On Trial In Pennsylvania“, on the Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education case that took place in Dover, Pennsylvania in 2005. If you are not familiar with the case, it was the most widely publicized lawsuit regarding the teaching of creationism in public schools since the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925.

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July 18th, 2007


July 8th, 2007

Over at This Week in Science we are having a contest to create a billboard for our future Unicorn Museum. My friend Casey came up with the idea, and I am running with it like a bat outta hell. The billboard will be installed across from the Creation Museum in Kentucky if all goes as planned. But, in the meantime, we are working on a website for the museum, and taking entries for the billboard. Eventually, people will be able to vote for their favorite billboard design, and with enough donations from kind folks we may see a dream become a reality. Unicorns facing off against Creation.

Some might get the impression from many of my posts that I am anti-religion, but that is not the case. I just have an extremely short fuse when it comes to dealing with people who misrepresent science. There may have been some act of creation by some greater being at some point in history. I have no way of knowing that. But, to twist scientific evidence or to completely disavow it because it doesn’t agree with ones beliefs is unforgivable.

You might be the nicest person in the world, but if you think the world is 6000 years old you are ignorant of and blind to the world around you. If anything is a sin it should be the benighted thinking that young earth creationists are marketing to the masses.

Let’s all open our eyes to the fact that the scientific mis-information that the Creation Museum is peddling is from the Dark Ages, and that is where it belongs. Not here in the 21st century.

So, now that I’ve opened myself to all sorts of abuse, let’s all think about Unicorns for a minute.

Doesn’t that make you feel better?