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Climate and creationism

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
The economist Paul Krugman has come to the “somewhat surprising conclusion” that global warming denial is not mainly about vested economic interests but rather asks us to think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Anas cyanoptera

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Anas cyanoptera – cinnamon teal, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Freshwater: Board's Brief in Response filed with SCOTUS

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
The Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Board of Education has filed its Brief in Opposition to Freshwater’s petition for a writ of certiori with the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS). Recall that Freshwater asked SCOTUS to overturn his firing on the ground that it violated his First Amendment rights, and that prohibiting his teaching the “scientific strengths and weaknesse of biological evolution” also violates the First Amendment. I haven’t found an online version of the Brief... Richard B. Hoppe
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Meyer's Hopeless Monster, Part III

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
The paperback edition of Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design has just been published. It has a new chapter responding to critics of the book – Donald Prothero, Charles Marshall, and yours truly, the blogger the ID guys were dismissing for a year based on the fact that I wrote the review quickly. The largest section of the new chapter responds to me. The... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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Understanding creationism, II: An insider's guide by a former young-Earth creationist

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
By David MacMillan 2. Variation and adaptation The majority of modern creation science freely admits the existence of biological variation, adaptation, and speciation. Indeed, the recent-creation model – particularly the belief that all extant life descended from a small group of “kinds” present on Noah’s Ark which diversified into all families on Earth after a global flood – requires enormous adaptive variation and near-constant speciation. Creationists estimate that fewer than 10,000 pairs of land-dwelling, air-breathing... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Photography Contest, VI

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Kodak Precision Enlarger, Model 1. Note added June 16 at approximately 1:10 CST: Submission period extended 1 week to June 23. Polish your lenses, oil your tripods, search your archives – the sixth Panda’s Thumb photography contest, begins – now! We will accept entries from 12:00 CST, June 2, through 12:00 CST, June 16 June 23. The theme of the contest is History of Evolution, by which we mean photographs of fruit flies, barnacles,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Understanding creationism: An insider's guide by a former young-Earth creationist

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
In this short series, David MacMillan explains how misinformation and misconceptions allow creationists to maintain their beliefs even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. A former creationist blogger and writer, Mr. MacMillan earned his BS degree in physics from the University of North Alabama and now works as a technical writer when he isn’™t frequenting the PT comment boards. Since leaving creationism, he has written several columns discussing the public dialogue between... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Geum aleppicum

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Photograph by Andrew Freeman. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Geum aleppicum – yellow avens, Pearl Lake, Colorado.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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NCSE Webinar, science denial, Wednesday

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
The National Center for Science Education will host a webinar, “Debunking and confronting science denial,” Wednesday, May 28, 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT. Josh Rosenau of NCSE will moderate a panel that includes Shauna Theel from the climate and energy project at Media Matters for America, John Cook of SkepticalScience.com and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, and be moderated by NCSE’s Josh Rosenau. Shauna will discuss her work addressing media misstatements and how... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Dinosaur fossil donor affiliated with hate group

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Kentucky geologist Daniel Phelps yesterday sent us a press release noting that AIG’s Allosaurus fossil will go on display this weekend; see the AP release by Dylan Lovan here. Mr. Lovan quotes Mr. Phelps to this effect: Daniel Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, said in a release Thursday that the Creation Museum “has decided, without doing research, that the dinosaur fossil is evidence of Noah’s flood.” What Mr. Lovan left out is far... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Can Darwin and Eden coexist?

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Apparently not at Bryan College (yes, that Bryan) in Dayton, Tennessee (yes, that Dayton), according to an article in yesterday’s Times. The college, founded in 1930, requires faculty to sign a statement agreeing to certain reactionary views on creation and evolution, including, “The origin of man was by fiat of God,” according to the article by Alan Blinder. Several months ago, the college added a “clarification” to the effect that Adam and Eve “are historical... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Sarracenia purpurea

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Photograph by Matthew Opel. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea – purple pitcher plant, growing in a floating sphagnum bog in Tolland County, Connecticut.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Photography contest, coming up ...

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
… June 2. That is, we will accept entries from noon, June 2, to noon, June 16, where noon is defined by the Panda’s Thumb server, which thinks it is still in Central Standard Time, or UTC(GMT) – 5 h. The rules will be essentially the same as last year’s. We have not chosen categories yet, but please be assured that they will be all-inclusive. So grease your shutters and be ready! Update, May 31: The theme of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Expanding the genetic alphabet

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
By Gert Korthof. “It is a very, very hard problem. Getting all the pieces to work means re-engineering 3.5 billion years of evolution. It’s so ambitious.” These are the words of a scientist 14 years ago [1]. He was talking about the project of inventing new bases to include in DNA and let the new DNA function in a living cell. Now an important milestone has been reached towards that goal. Scientists have succeeded in... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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A new Bloomberg poll on climate change

A new Bloomberg News National Poll included (PDF) questions about whether climate change is a threat, whether it is worth increasing energy costs to prevent climate change, and whether scientists are to be trusted about climate change.

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Antievolution proposal rejected in South Carolina

The South Carolina state board of education rejected the Education Oversight Committee's proposal to revise the state science standards to require students to "[c]onstruct scientific arguments that seem to support and scientific arguments that seem to discredit Darwinian natural selection" at its June 11, 2014, meeting, according to the Charleston Post and Courier (June 11, 2014). 

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AHA award for NCSE's Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott, the former executive director of NCSE and the current chair of its Advisory Council, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Humanist Association at its annual conference in Philadelphia on June 7, 2014.  

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NCSE's latest in Evolution: Education and Outreach

NCSE's Glenn Branch's "Going Ape: Interview with Brandon Haught" (PDF) was just published in Evolution: Education and Outreach.

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A glimpse of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman's The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (Island Press, 2014).

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NCSE in the Best of the Scout Report

NCSE is proud to have been named in the Best of the Scout Report for 2014, as "the most shared resource by Scout Report readers" for the academic year 2013-2014. "There are many free excerpts to read and it's a fun way to trace the evolution of these popular and significant debates," the report commented.

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