Pagan Gods Launched into Space
August 5, 2011
The latest Jupiter probe from NASA is named Juno, after the name of the wife of Jupiter, Roman chief of the gods. Launched today (August 5), the Juno spacecraft will use Earth for gravity assist in a complex path, to arrive at Jupiter in 2016, where it will study the largest planet from a polar orbit. As “part of a joint outreach and educational program developed as part of the partnership between NASA and the LEGO Group to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” according to a press release from the Jet Propulsion Lab, the spacecraft carries 1.5-inch likeness of three figures: Galileo Galileo, who discovered Jupiter’s moons, the Roman god Jupiter, and his wife Juno.
Texas Press Perpetuates ID Myths
July 22, 2011
Some reporters refuse to listen. Advocates of intelligent design (ID) have clarified their definitions, their evidences, and their goals for years now, with numerous books, essays, web articles, papers and lectures, but the secular mainstream press continues to misrepresent their positions, and divert discussion from the issues to red herrings. A vote by the Texas School Board concerning supplementary materials to match science standards offered the latest example. The Associated Press story is filled with talking points and generalities; the Discovery Institute response is detailed and to the point, citing scientific journal references for support. Will intelligent design ever get a fair hearing in the mainstream media?
Evolutionary Contradiction As Mental Illness
July 14, 2011
In their efforts to get their theory accepted, have some evolutionists crossed the line into irrationality? It is mentally sound to espouse well-argued points of view, even if controversial. What is marginal is arguing self-contradictory beliefs. Let the reader judge whether any of these ideas from evolutionists make sense.
NOMA Still Isn’t Working
June 26, 2011
Science journals and websites continue to act as if religion is a subcategory of the science department. If Stephen Jay Gould thought that NOMA was a good idea to keep peace between science and religion (see 11/05/2006), nobody paid any attention. Scientism has taken over the world. Teen religion: In “Teens Maintain Their Religion,” Medical […]
Political Science 101: Doubt Scientific Claims
June 25, 2011
Science goes through a chain of messengers from data to consumer. In between are fallible scientists, who speak often in incomprehensible jargon and often only partially understand what they observe, but often wish to gain notoriety with a major discovery (or need to publish or perish). Next, the institutional press offices decide what is significant and try to digest the jargon to layman level. The predigested stories are then delivered to science reporters, who sometimes sensationalize the filtered stories to make a name for themselves. Finally, the media outlets, prone to peer biases, dress up the products to grab the eyes of readers of their newspapers, magazines, or web pages. How much of the real scientific data remains at the end of this game of Telephone? Sometimes the bias is clearly evident, but often the product is delivered with all the presumptive authority of science. Once in awhile, a reporter comes clean about the dirty work involved.
Biological Information Symposium a Success
June 4, 2011
Friday morning June 4, participants were on their way homes across America and in Europe from a successful conference entitled Biological Information: New Perspectives. They had come to hear leading lights in the Intelligent Design movement deliver 27 scientific presentations on a variety of subtopics under the umbrella theme of information in biology. From all appearances, everyone had a great time of fellowship, encouragement and intellectual stimulation. No protesters or critics detracted from the event—partly because it was not widely advertised, in order to protect the identity of those wanting to take part without jeopardizing their careers.
Who Should Teach Self-Control?
April 15, 2011
A symposium at Massey University in New Zealand has come up with a profound thought: self-control is a key to a happier life. Academics have helped themselves to an ancient notion that teaching self-control to children leads to happier outcomes as adults. Did the world need science to reach this conclusion? Self-control is […]
Teacher Protection Inflames Darwinist Outrage
April 11, 2011
Imagine a bill that protects teachers who wish to present facts – the facts about Darwinism. Assume that it specifically forbids teaching creationism or intelligent design. Imagine the bill seeking to increase critical thinking among students about controversial subjects. Should it be a cause for alarm? There’s actually a bill like that in […]
Psychologist Analyzes ID Belief with Emotionally Loaded Poll
March 31, 2011
Without any critique, Science Daily and PhysOrg reproduced a bizarre press release from University of British Columbia that alleges, “Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution.” A contrived psychological survey, replete with imagining one’s own death and then reading quotes from Michael Behe and Richard Dawkins, scared 1,674 respondents […]
Word Choice Affects Scientific Impact
March 8, 2011
The emotional reaction to scientific ideas can change depending on the words used. Can words manipulate public opinion? “Wording matters,” said Jonathon Schuldt [U of Michigan] in a press release posted on PhysOrg. His team found that opinion polls yielded a 16% difference among Republicans depending on whether they were asked if global […]
Racial Evolution Education Proposed
February 24, 2011
Skin color provides a “handy tool for teaching evolution,” says a anthropologist at Penn State. PhysOrg reported that professor Nina Jablonski believes “The mechanism of evolution can be completely understood from skin color.” She proposes using the easily-observed trait in humans to teach evolution to students. “People are really socially aware of skin color, intensely […]
Critical Thinking Needed in Science Education
February 15, 2011
Several recent articles noted that students are being dumbed down in science education. Can this be applied to their learning about evolution? PhysOrg reported that critical thinking has been called into question at the university level of education. “A post-secondary education won’t necessarily guarantee students the critical thinking skills employers have come to […]
Darwinists Alarmed at Teachers Caution Over Evolution
January 29, 2011
“Creationism” refuses to die in American high schools. Two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania sounded the alarm in Science,1 with suggestions for what to do about it. The only suggestion off the table was to have debates about the evidence; no, that was completely out of the question: the report was focused on “Defeating […]
Selling Evolution with Video Games and Stories
January 23, 2011
Two recent articles cast doubt on the claim that evolutionists rely on factual information to teach students their theory. When computers are programmed to make evolution happen on a screen, does it convey to what really happens in the wild? Cloudy computing: PhysOrg reported that educators at the University of Buffalo are using “cloud computing” […]
Secular Evolutionists Are a Small Minority
December 19, 2010
A new Gallup poll shows that only 16% of Americans subscribe to the view that “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in the process.” About 40% believe in Biblical creationism (recent creation within 10,000 years); that percentage climbs to 60% among churchgoers. […]