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Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

James Peron | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
James Peron

What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?" Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.

Cosmos Squashes Creationism Under the Weight of Evidence

Dan Arel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Dan Arel

Episode two of Cosmos, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson aired this week and Tyson, towards the end of the program made one of the best statements that one can hope sank into the minds of young and old viewers alike, and most importantly, creationists.

Intelligent Design's Final Days

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Are we in the final days of the "intelligent design is science" movement? Thanks to the attention of the Texas Freedom Network, we now know that this weekend should actually put an end to a charade that has gone on for far too long.

Evolution's Refusal To Die

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The most interesting strategy employed by anti-evolutionists over the last century and a half has been to report that "Darwinism is Dead" or "Evolution has Collapsed." The exercise is all but meaningless in terms of scientific discussion.

Creationism Rears Its Ugly Head In Indiana, Then Gets A Makeover

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Indiana Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse is attempting to fool us again, and apparently he is succeeding with some local newspaper reporters and editors. Last year Kruse introduced a bill that was as simple as it was crazy, as anti-intellectual as it was unconstitutional. And he's at it again.

Creationist Polemicists: Disavowing Their Own Principles As Too Extreme

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Wow! Klinghoffer is apparently arguing that science has been "reformulated" and all the Discovery Institute wants is a return to the good old definition of science. How recently did this "reformulation" take place?

Creationism, Science And The Purpose Of Higher Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perhaps those godless experts at Christian colleges aren't godless at all. Perhaps accepting the basics of biology need not call anyone's faith into question.

Why Evangelicals Are Fooled Into Accepting Pseudoscience

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

So why have evangelicals been so ready to reject the generally accepted conclusions of the scientific community on climate change? It has nothing to do with climate science per se.

Changing The Language Of Science And Faith

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Christians in the conversation about origins are invested in their positions and perceive that much is at stake for their faith. But there is much more that is not at stake for their faith.

Evolution, Creationism, and the 'Cautious 60 Percent'

Steven Newton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Steven Newton

Bottom line: we have to ensure that evolution is taught well in public schools. This means exerting community pressure for, rather than against, integrity in science education.

Intelligent Design: Losing The Catholics

John Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Farrell

The Discovery Institute has claimed it would get actual scientists to consider intelligent design as a viable scientific theory, by publishing peer-reviewed articles in the leading science journals. But they've failed. And now, they're losing the Catholics.

In The Creationist Universe, Religious Dogma Trumps Scientific Inquiry

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Make no mistake about it, William Dembski is a first order star in the intelligent design firmament. And yet, even his stellar creationist credentials were not enough to keep the inquisitors from his door.

Darwin Was Not Wrong--New Study Being Distorted

Steven Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steven Newton

Science fares poorly in the media. Most news outlets devote little attention to scientific topics, and if they do have a website with a science sectio...

Actor Matthew Marsden Hides Right-Wing Political Views

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

If Matthew Marsden is really honored to hang out with anti-gay, religious-right hate mongers -- and that's who he flew halfway across the country to be with in private -- then he should do it in the light of day.

Gravity, Evolution and Religious Dogma

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

If I'm wrong about the Discovery Institute's intent, we'll soon be seeing them urging school boards to completely rework their basic physics curricula over the "controversy" surrounding gravity. But I'm not holding my breath.

Intelligent Design Creationists Abuse Science and Victims of the Holocaust

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Michael Johnson

Creationists are fond of laying the blame for Nazi eugenics on Charles Darwin. However, these claims are as baseless as was the so-called "science" that the Nazis employed.

Evolution Revisited

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is with as much embarrassment as pundits are able to muster that I am forced to acknowledge that the Texas Board of Education may now consider itself vindicated by none other than school administrators

Improving Science Education by Ignoring Evolution? Absurd!

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Studies continue to show that U.S. students' science literacy is very poor. The science curriculum advanced by creationist organizations make an already bad situation far worse.

Darwin, Creationism, and Creation

Steven Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steven Newton

Creation is important because it shows Darwin as a thoughtful man, filled with compassion and fears over the implications, as well as the reception, of his revolutionary ideas.

The Danger of Ignoring Creationism

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Groups like the Discovery Institute and Answers in Genesis would be funny if they weren't able to influence politicians, primarily at the local school board level and in state legislatures around the country.

The Nonscience Of The Scientific Arguments Against Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The Discovery Institute and its main supporters, supporters who have pumped millions of dollars into their efforts, want to remake both science and the United States into their religious image.

Facebook Friends For Evolution: Support Evolutionary Theory

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

My recommendation? Go to Facebook and become a fan of the page entitled "We can find 1,000,000 people who DO believe in Evolution before June."

Evolution Foes Add Global Warming To Targets

nytimes.com | Leslie Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation's classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that...

When Science Teachers Don't Believe In Evolution

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

If nothing else, creationist efforts to undermine science and science education should teach us something about our species, about our impressive capacity for delusion.

Christian Creationism And Intelligent Design Gain Foothold In Turkey

Washington Post | Marc Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With direct and indirect help from American foes of evolution, similarly-minded Turks have aggressively made the case that Charles Darwin's theory is ...