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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…

Lose-iana: Getting smacked for scientific ignorance

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…

Discovery Institute offering free student seminar on Intelligent Design

The pro-Creationism organization, Discovery Institute pays for college students to attend a summer program on Intelligent Design. Summer in Seattle, FREE? Yes, Science/Society Seminars Application Deadline Extended by One Week! – Evolution News & Views. Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture announced today that we will be extending the deadline for applications for this…

Some evangelical homeschoolers are OK with evolution. A small step?

Not everyone who homeschools their kids want their kids to be scientifically illiterate. Are we seeing a backlash of parents who want their kids to have quality science texts? Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution – David R. Wheeler – The Atlantic. For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the…

Duane Gish, Creationist, dead at 91

Duane Gish, Senior Vice-President Emeritus for the Institute of Creation Research, anti-evolutionist, died on March 5 at the age of 91. Gish was one of the world’s most infamous Creationist writers and debaters. His ploy was to not use the evidence (which Creationism lacks) in an argument but to use rhetorical devices. He was best…

Mother Jones highlights ludicrous Oklahoma academic freedom bill

“Academic freedom” bills water down the teaching of evolution. Insist That People Coexisted With Dinosaurs…and Get an A in Science Class! | Mother Jones. In biology class, public school students can’t generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that…

Take a class about alien life from a real professor

Better than watching “science” channels on TV! Remote learning course on alien life proves popular Classes in “astrobiology and the search for extra-terrestrial life” are among six modules which have seen more than 300,000 new enrolments at Edinburgh University – each taking in lessons from the comfort of their own home. The institution’s free remote…

Creationism in Texas: Here we go again…again

Creationists just keep going and going and going… Told You So: Texas Ed Board Chair Wants Science Textbooks to Teach ‘Another Side’ on Evolution We told you this would happen. In 2009, when the Texas State Board of Education adopted new science curriculum standards, we warned that creationists had inserted language they would later try…

Psychic fair at Ohio U draws big crowds

Another example that education is failing at all levels to teach critical thinking to students. OU ‘psychic fair’ draws crowd of curious studentsOU ‘psychic fair’ draws crowd of curious students. Ohio University students showed up in hordes to take a peek into their futures Thursday evening. Several psychics sat down in Baker Ballroom from 4-8…

Intelligent design proponents not intelligent enough to know when to quit

Blatant bill for Creationism surfaces in Missouri. Is it placating the constituency or are they just that stupid? “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE. House Bill 291, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2013, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according…

Censoring of evolution in Turkey: Black propaganda or real?

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – Turkey’s science state council halts publication of evolution books. The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported. The evolutionist books, previously available through TÜBİTAK’s Popular…

Antiscience legislation proposed around the states

The National Center for Science Education has a rundown of the anti-science efforts in state lawmaking bodies. As Robert Luhn of NCSE describe them, “Anti-science bills are popping up like daisies after a spring shower.” Two antiscience bills in Oklahoma | NCSE. Two antiscience bills, Senate Bill 758 and House Bill 1674, have been prefiled…

Zack Kopplin, defender of science

Zach is a science hero. How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists. Kopplin, who is studying history at Rice University, had good reason to be upset after the passing of the LSEA — an insidious piece of legislation that allows teachers to bring in their own supplemental materials when discussing…

Indonesia’s plan to emphasize religion over science in schools is misguided

This idea is EXACTLY backwards. Indonesia Envisions More Religion in Schools. Millions of children in Indonesian elementary schools may no longer have separate science classes starting in June, the beginning of their next school year, if the government approves a curriculum overhaul that would merge science and social studies with other classes so more time…

Moderation for understanding: Tone matters for online comments, study says

This is a good reason for the comment policy on this site. The results of this rather large study is not surprising. Tone matters. Online comments hurt science understanding, study finds   A new obstacle to scientific literacy may be emerging, according to a paper in the journal Science by two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.…

Conspiracy professor manufactures outrageous alternative story of Newtown shooting

FAU prof stirs controversy by disputing Newtown massacre A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary [sic] at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported – or may not have happened at all. Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his…