Evolution

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

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…

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

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

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…

Texas and Kentucky are in denial

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…

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

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

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

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

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…

Lose-iana continues rejection of the real world

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…