Wedge Salad

In their famous policy paper, “The Wedge,” [1] the founders of the modern Intelligent Design Creationism movement stated their political and social action plan for the United States: In Phase 1, entitled “Research, Writing, and Publication,” the authors state that “… [they] are supporting vital writing and research at the sites most likely to crack… Continue reading Wedge Salad

Texas Science Textbook Adoption: A Glimpse into Anti-Science Forces in Texas

  What is science and why should I care about it? Science is a reliable, reproducible, and verifiable process by which facts, and explanations of those facts, are established. The outcome of the scientific method is a useful and universally applicable framework of knowledge about the natural world. Knowledge gleaned from the scientific method has… Continue reading Texas Science Textbook Adoption: A Glimpse into Anti-Science Forces in Texas

Hotter than hell (2012 edition)

Last summer, it was hotter than hell in Texas. We nearly broke the all-time record for most consecutive days over 100F. We missed it by a mere one day, which – as far as I am concerned – is a statistical fluke. Remember that the winter of 2011 was termed “Snowpocalypse,” and less-responsible media outlets… Continue reading Hotter than hell (2012 edition)

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

100 Degrees

Texas is hot in the summer. While other parts of the U.S. have begun to see relief from the recent heat wave, Texas and the surrounding region have maintained high temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Normally, at this time of year, I would be at CERN. However, due to the flooding of our house I’ve grounded… Continue reading 100 Degrees

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