Evolution

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

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NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

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A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…

Ham on Nye: Tickets sold out in minutes

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Does this make anyone else feel physically ill? Bill Nye, Ken Ham Creationism Debate Tickets Sell Out in Minutes; Streaming Info Released. Tickets for the upcoming debate on the viability of creationism between “The Science Guy” Bill Nye and Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham sold out within minutes, but information has been released…

Ken is mad at us mean ole atheists and bloggers

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In an update to the Ark Park Boondoggle, Ham finds a scapegoat, as usual.  Noah’s Ark Risks Collapse Without Bond Buyers by February – Bloomberg. A Kentucky theme park to be built around a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark may sink unless investors purchase about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds by Feb. 6. The…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

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While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

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This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…

Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

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Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

Oldest Human DNA Found! I love science.

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This is such an exciting time (albeit frustrating) to be a researcher into human evolution. At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries – NYTimes.com. Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans’ biological history. But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries. In a…

Farking ark: Trying to float it on faith doesn’t bode well for investors

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In an update to this story about the sinking Ark Park, we have more on the means to fund this Creationist boondoggle. City seeks to jump-start stalled Ark Encounter park with $62 million ‘junk’ bond offering | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com. A planned amusement park in Grant County featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark is…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

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…