The Parallel Universes of Science and Anti-Science

Finding Parallel Worlds In the series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” a well-crafted transporter modification is capable of hurling the crew of the station into a “mirror universe.” Everyone who exists in the known universe also exists in the mirror universe, but there they are not the same people. Major Kira Nerys, a member of… Continue reading The Parallel Universes of Science and Anti-Science

Remembering the hits, forgetting the misses

[Author’s Note: After writing and posting this, the Broncos went on to face the New England Patriots in their final playoff game (the 18th of the Broncos’ season). The Broncos lost SPECTACULARLY, 10-45. This makes their record of wins/losses now to be 9/9, exactly 50% . . . the coin flip would have been just… Continue reading Remembering the hits, forgetting the misses

Sanctimonium Santorum, once thought extinct, reappears

Many years ago, I commented on the seeming extinction of the species Sanctimonium Santorum [1]. Like many species that were previously believed to be extinct, there has been a sudden and unexpected reappearance of this odd species. However, as I commented then, In government, there are limited resources. There are only 100 Senate seats in… Continue reading Sanctimonium Santorum, once thought extinct, reappears

From the Texas Freedom Network: 2011 Anti-science Quotes

Fresh from the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), here are their favorite anti-science quotes of the year: http://tfninsider.org/2011/12/26/2011-in-quotes-the-war-on-science/. By “favorite,” I of course mean the quotes that probably ensaddened the staff at TFN. TFN ” . . . is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 50,000 religious and community leaders. Based in Austin, the Texas… Continue reading From the Texas Freedom Network: 2011 Anti-science Quotes

PoliSci: Perry on Science Education in Texas

Let me just give a big shout out to our Texas-sized Governor, who just set back public impressions of the Texas science curriculum about 75 years. Oh, and also thanks to our highest-ranking public official for saying that Texas public schools are in violation of several supreme court rulings that state that teaching creationism in… Continue reading PoliSci: Perry on Science Education in Texas

Creationism in Texas – headlines

It’s been a week of news items on attempts to formally impose religious views in science classrooms in Texas. Primarily, the headlines have focused on new web-based materials submitted to the Stated Board of Education (SBOE) for review under the new science guidelines approved a couple of years ago. “Proposed Instructional Materials Put Science Education,… Continue reading Creationism in Texas – headlines

Palin, Pawlenty, Science, Creationism

Something on the Sunday talk show, “Meet the Press”, caught my attention. Today’s show was hosted by Tom Brokaw, a  favorite of mine in the news business. He interviewed Gov. Tom Pawlenty of Minnesota, Co-chair of the RNC convention in the Twin Cities. Gov. Pawlenty was acting as a “Vox VP” for the Republican VP… Continue reading Palin, Pawlenty, Science, Creationism

Witless: A Critique of Coulter’s “Godless”

Last year, right-wing pundit and flapping head Ann Coulter published a book entitled “Godless”. In it, she raised yet again the tired accusations that all Democrats are godless politicians, hell-bent (is that the right phrase?) on creating a society that crushes religion out of every private life. Sigh. Of course, she takes the obligatory pot-shot… Continue reading Witless: A Critique of Coulter’s “Godless”

Thoughts on Science and Spirit from a man of the Spirit

My good pal Mandeep sent me a lovely blog article from “Jim Burklo, minister at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church”:http://tcpc.blogs.com/musings/2005/08/beyond_the_fish.html. Jim talks about how intelligent design is a discredit to both science and religion. Well, Jim puts it best so let me just quote him: But [intelligent design] isn’t a “theory” at all. “Intelligent design” posits… Continue reading Thoughts on Science and Spirit from a man of the Spirit