Evolution

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

“Mutant super rats” as headline is a perpetual attention-getter

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Hmm, believe or not? Hype or real? Mutant ‘super rats’ becoming resistant to poisons | Metro News. Mutant ‘super rats’ which cannot be killed by regular poisons are spreading across Britain, experts are warning. The creatures, which look like normal rodents but eat toxic pellets ‘like feed’, have been discovered in Kent, the west country…

Someone needs to tell Texas textbook reviewers what “critical thinking” is

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Because they have some warped and insane ideas about it. Recall that we told you about anti-science sentiment in Texas over selection of science textbooks. Here is an update. Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks – NYTimes.com. As Texas gears up to select biology textbooks for use by high school students over the next…

Scotland has teacher trouble too

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The U.S. apologizes for spreading ridiculous behavior across the ocean. Calls for probe into creationist physics teacher | Herald Scotland. A PARENT has called for action to be taken by a school after a teacher allegedly told a science class evolution was “not proven”. Adrian Smales says he was shocked when his daughter told him…

I could not COPE with such delusional people

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The name of this group is the first tip that they have zero integrity. Lawsuit filed in Kansas to block science standard – KansasCity.com. An anti-evolution group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools, arguing the guidelines promote atheism and violate students’ and parents’…

Texas and Kentucky are in denial

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Here’s a quick roundup from the National Center for Science Education on evolution/creationism/denialism news. Textbooks under attack in Texas | NCSE. Ideologues on official state textbook review teams are attacking the treatment of evolution and climate change in science textbooks under consideration in Texas, charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science…

Nessie idea is revised, still long way to go in creationist textbooks

The Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness monster. Known to be a hoax (click on picture)

Last summer, we all picked our jaws up off the ground when we discovered what kind of things were taught as fact in creationist textbooks; Loch Ness monster is evidence for living dinosaurs, homosexuality is a learned behavior, other nonsense, etc. Have they figured out some of these are really silly? Maybe… Nessie cut from…

How about — Try NOT to think ‘Loch Ness Monster’!

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One of my pedantic pet peeves is when people refer to plesiosaurs (extinct, long-necked prehistoric marine reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs) as “Nessie” or “looks like the Loch Ness monster”. Plesiosaurs were REAL, we have fossils, they are AWESOME; Nessie likely has multiple explanations as a phenomena but an animal population…

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico is still looking for Noah’s Ark

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Celebrity+Bible story+evolution = hot mess? Donna D’Errico Using Kickstarter To Fund Documentary Of Second Noah’s Ark Expedition. Last summer, D’Errico fullfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Mount Ararat in Turkey in search of the biblical treasure. She didn’t find it, but came close to an area where she believes the ark could be. Now, she’s…

New petition to ban teaching against evolution

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A new petition has appeared at the White House petition site to ban religious-based “science” instruction. Ban Creationism and Intelligent Design in the science classroom as federal law. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government. Since Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts…

New Chinese dino-bird fossil evaluated cautiously – may be faked

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Faked fossils are big business in China. Scientists find oldest feathered dinosaur yet: Sorry, Archaeopteryx – latimes.com. [S]cientists say they found an even older feathered dinosaur – one that reestablishes Archaeopteryx as part of the bird lineage even as it may simultaneously dethrone Archaeopteryx as the earliest known “bird.” The study, published online in the…

Manufacturing evolution controversy – trying to squeeze nonsense into Ohio schools

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Amazing that school boards still attempt to insert religious agendas into education. An Ohio district board is being warned, these proposals are a really bad idea. Creationism creates stir in Springboro School board defends… | www.mydaytondailynews.com. Local parents and the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Springboro school board on Thursday to abandon plans to…

World’s worst science quiz raised money for Christian school

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It’s difficult to forget about the world’s most pathetic science quiz. We have an update. Christian school: ‘atheist controversy’ over creationist quiz may keep academy open. The school, Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum, S.C., put out a press release saying that the publicity from the quiz caused an influx of donations that will help…

Lose-iana continues rejection of the real world

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Politicians do the most boneheadded things. Senators again reject repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act | NOLA.com. A Louisiana law that opponents say leaves the backdoor open to teaching “creationism” in public schools will stay on the books after a Senate committee Wednesday effectively killed a bill that would repeal the statute. After hours of…

Lose-iana: Getting smacked for scientific ignorance

Lose-iana? You deserve it.

A piece by Zack Kopplin, science advocate. Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars  | guardian.co.uk. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state’s creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview…