Scripturient: Fake Ark, Fake Religion

Well, it finally opened: the $100 million-dollar Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky that features an allegedly life-size model of the mythological boat described in the Bible. It’s 510 feet (155.4m) long, 85 feet (26m) wide, more than three storeys (51 feet) tall, uses 3.1 million board-feet of lumber, steel and other modern materials, on a ...

Scripturient: The Rational Gods of Iceland

While 61% of Icelanders say they believe in God, according to a recent poll, absolutely none  under the age of 25 believe that their personal hairy thunderer created the world: Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find ...

LeDaro: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING!?

What if evolution looks like this. Sounds reasonable.

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: And I Am Back

It has been years since I blogged, I have been generally been using FaceBook and the twitters, but I have been finding that these are limited and I need a more organized approached to keep things,… well organized. So I talked to Scott at the Progressive Bloggers about rejoining again and he was “Hey no ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: BCLSB Exclusive: James Lunney’s Principles Of Evolution

CPC MP James Lunney has quit the party so as to more freely pursue and elaborate his own theory of biological change.  He spoke in the HOC yesterday afternoon, but was rudely cut off before he could fully state his beliefs.  However, an opposition “source” found the full text of his presentation in a trash-can ...

Politics and its Discontents: Could It Be A Virus?

Stupidity, it has been said, is contagious, and one has to wonder whether a particularly virulent virus is running through the Conservative tent these days. First there was Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls suggesting that evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools, as he doesn’t believe in it. Now comes word of similar sentiments on ...

Trashy's World: Essential job requirements to be a CPC or OPC Minister…

1. Publicly state that evolution should not be taught in schools… Check 2. Tweet to the world that evolution should not be considered a “fact”. Check  3. Make slanderdous and way-over-top statements about Ontario’s school cirriculum Check Yup. And add in the: – mandatory climate-change denying blathering; – Jenny McCarthy anti-vax fan club membership, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Too Good Not too Share

Although I’m not sure that the benighted Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls will completely get it: H/t The Toronto Star Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Worrisome Trend

Thursday’s post lamented the fact that opinion and personal beliefs are increasingly being regarded as legitimate challenges to facts. As was noted, accepting the facts of evolution and climate change are now often presented as a matter of choice. If the signs are any indication, these worrisome affronts to critical thinking are likely only to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Has Accepting Scientific Fact Become A Matter Of Choice?

Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. They speak different languages and use different powers of the brain. -Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership As the quotation above suggests, the schism between scientific fact and religious belief is, in fact, one that shouldn’t exist. ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gut instincts

A story on Science Daily says research suggests our so-called “free will” may be less free than we ever imagined. We may, instead, be meat puppets ruled by the desires and cravings of the smallest symbiotes we carry: our gut bacteria. The story opens: It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gangs of Feathered T-Rex

Imagine, if you will, an early morning scene in the late Cretaceous. The air is quiet as the day warms. At the edge of a large forest a plain of ferns ripples in the light breeze (grass would not evolve for another 20 or so million years). Under the canopy of the ancient beeches and maples, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Pretty Much Every Creationist Argument…

Creationist:  *argle-bargle* – “Science said this!”, trots out gross caricature of scientific theory.  “It is ‘just a theory!” – More *argle-bargle*. Rational People:  …  *heavy sigh*   And then…the slapdown.     You are entitled to your opinion, but never entitled to the facts.   Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Dispellling Creationist Nonsense, Evolution, Evolution ...

Dead Wild Roses: Pretty Much Every Creationist Argument…

Creationist:  *argle-bargle* – “Science said this!”, trots out gross caricature of scientific theory.  “It is ‘just a theory!” – More *argle-bargle*. Rational People:  …  *heavy sigh*   And then…the slapdown.     You are entitled to your opinion, but never entitled to the facts.   Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Dispellling Creationist Nonsense, Evolution, Evolution ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Seeing evolution in action

The pop-science notion is that evolution takes a long time. Millennia, many millennia; even millions of years. But is that always true? Can one actually see and measure evolution in action? Can it happen in such a short time as to be recorded? Peter and Rosemary Grant say they have. And it’s the subject of a ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Scary Face of Religious Ignorance – RPOJ Style

It has been awhile since we’ve had a Red Pen of Justice post here on DWR.  Thankfully(?) that void shall now be filled by krisman2013′s lovely post titled: Evolution – The Theory that Became a Religion.  Can you feel it?  The crushingly vapid ignorance about to be put on display is willing the RPOJ back ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Scary Face of Religious Ignorance – RPOJ Style

It has been awhile since we’ve had a Red Pen of Justice post here on DWR.  Thankfully(?) that void shall now be filled by krisman2013′s lovely post titled: Evolution – The Theory that Became a Religion.  Can you feel it?  The crushingly vapid ignorance about to be put on display is willing the RPOJ back ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Feb. 12: Happy Darwin Day

February 12 is international Darwin Day, the day when we collectively celebrate science and reason. And, of course, we recognize Charles Darwin’s birthday: February 12, 1809 (the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln, by the way). If Collingwood made such declarations, I would propose we recognize the day in our municipality. Other Canadian municipalities have done ...

Politics and its Discontents: On A Lighter Note, Even Pat Robertson Is Embarrassed

It is always a delight when even the crazed religious right begins to splinter. Watch the video below, a five-minute compilation of Bill Nye’s recent ‘debate’ with creationist Ken Ham on evolution, followed by Pat Robertson’s reaction to Ham. Recommend this Post

Eclectic Lip: The losers of Superbowl XLVIII will be…

Religious moderates. Here’s my reasoning. After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair. This will lead humorists and ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2013-11-17 21:46:00

EVIDENCE ON THE EVOLUTION OF SNAKES     Snakes belong to the suborder Serpentes in the order Squamata (the scaled reptiles). There has been a considerable controversy over their evolutionary origin. The two basic theories are 1)they evolved from terrestrial burrowing reptiles and 2)that they evolved from aquatic reptiles and are closely related to the extinct mosasaurs. ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2013-11-17 20:46:00

EVIDENCE ON THE EVOLUTION OF SNAKES     Snakes belong to the suborder Serpentes in the order Squamata (the scaled reptiles). There has been a considerable controversy over their evolutionary origin. The two basic theories are 1)they evolved from terrestrial burrowing reptiles and 2)that they evolved from aquatic reptiles and are closely related to the extinct mosasaurs. ...

Blevkog: Full Esteem Ahead

This morning, as I was making my way through my email, I caught a short news item in Academica Top Ten about a school in Calgary discontinuing awards and competitions based on the work of Alfie Kohn, an author who writes about child behaviour and parenting. The theory is that, “awards eventually lose their lustre to students who ...