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November 6, 2012 | By

Listen. I want you to vote. I won’t make that pandering "It doesn’t matter who you vote for" speech, because, geez, c’mon. It does matter. But not voting at all is not an option. You need to vote. I know a lot of folks are undecided, and getting mocked in the media for it. But […]

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The puzzle of dogma

September 22, 2012 | By

reddit user jerfoo created a lovely and simple photo series demonstrating the difference between experimental science – testing data and finding things out based on evidence – and dogmatic faith – belief in something rigidly and without wavering. Read the whole thing; it’s wonderfully done. It’s been making the rounds on the net, and I […]

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Bill Nye: creationism is bad for children

August 30, 2012 | By

Bill Nye speaks the truth. [Video credit: Big Think] In science, it’s rare that you can actually state with certainty that something is wrong. Young-Earth creationism is wrong. The Universe is old. However, I’ll disagree with Bill over one thing, and I’ll throw Neil Tyson into the mix too. First, here’s something Neil said about […]

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Natural born scientist

June 22, 2012 | By

Guy Harrison is a skeptic and author — he wrote a book called 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, which is really quite good. It’s a readable and fun tour of a pile of popular misconceptions with, of course, their antidotes. I was honored when Guy asked me to write the foreword for […]

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Colbert destroys Texas creationist Don McLeroy

May 3, 2012 | By

It may not surprise you to learn I am no fan of one Don McLeroy. He is a young-Earth creationist, antiscience evangelist, and when he was head of the Texas Board of Education he tried to ram through all sorts of ridiculous education standards that would’ve set Texas schoolchildren back about 200 years. My own […]

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Did Rick Perry just admit to violating the US Constitution?

August 18, 2011 | By

To say I am not a fan of Rick Perry, Republican Presidential candidate, is to seriously underestimate my antipathy toward him. He is anti-science in almost every sense of the word, and his stance on nearly every issue on which I’ve heard him speak is the exact opposite of where I stand. But then something […]

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Update: Reality wins for sure in Texas!

August 16, 2011 | By

Last month, I wrote about the Texas State Board of Education debating the adoption of textbook supplements, some of which had creationist material. As I wrote then, those materials, after much argument, were rejected. Yay! However, the story wasn’t quite done. One of the pro-science supplements was still being held up by a creationist on […]

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A win for reality in Texas!

July 25, 2011 | By

Some great news out of the Lone Star State: the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected creationist supplements to textbooks, instead voting to endorse science-based ones. Yay! These supplements are for students to use in classrooms in addition to their textbooks. A passel of creationist ones had been submitted for approval by the BoE […]

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Standing up to the experts

January 24, 2011 | By

Over the past few years a majority of members of the Texas State Board of Education have done pretty much everything they can to destroy accurate standards of learning for Texas school children. They’ve been sabotaging science, history, and social studies, and doing a pretty thorough job of it. At the helm for most of […]

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Texas creationist McLeroy spins the educational disaster he created

January 6, 2011 | By

Let’s get this straight right off the bat: young-Earth creationism is wrong. It’s the wrongiest wrongness in the history of wrongitude. We know for rock-solid fact the Earth and the Universe are billions of years old, not thousands. Also, it’s illegal — unconstitutional, even — to teach creationism as anything other than myth in public […]

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