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At least we can blaspheme in America February 28, 2009

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We beat Turkey?!? (for the most ignorant country) February 10, 2009

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Public acceptance of evolution*

Public acceptance of evolution*

Public acceptance of evolution*

Anti-Abortionists= logically deprived January 22, 2009

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How can someone devote their life to a cause, and be utterly clueless about the consequences of their worldview? 

TalkOrigins is back! January 13, 2009

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TalkOrigins archive is back!

The site has been down because of some technical problems (I believe), and is the go to resource for information on the evolution/creationism “controversy.”

It is sad that in 2009 America there is a controversy over one of the most solidified scientific facts out there. But, since there is a controversy, this site will equip the everyday lover of science with the information, facts, and evidence to bash any creationists argument to smithereens. 

Also, the National Center for Science Education is a wonderful organization.

Understanding Science January 13, 2009

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Here is an excellent resource for lay science enthusiast. Understanding Science clears up many misunderstandings concerning science in our society. It has a clean layout, and easy navigation for the average person who wants to learn what really science is all about. It is also helpful for a relatively educated science “buff” who wants to polish up on some different scientific topics.

This site and others like it are very important to me, because I believe that education and specifically science education are the most important issues facing our country today. This may sound absurd considering the abundance of of major problems facing our country these days, but on all levels a scientifically educated public would have an enormous societal impact.

True Love Waits? January 1, 2009

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To bad it doesn't work
To bad it doesn’t work

Evangelical Christians have promoted abstinence with their “True Love Waits” campaign for years. Well science shows us once again that such pledges really do not work.

(It’s important to point out that just because an idea feels right, it may turn out to be false in light of new evidence, and science is the only method we have to falsify or verify such claims.)
I grew up in a Southern Baptist family, and my church was on the “True Love Waits” bandwagon year after year. These kinds of campaign would typically cause me to be more curious about sex (or any other “sin” they campaigned against), and led me to participate in these activities at an early age. If this stuff wasn’t stuffed down so many teenagers throats, then maybe the Christians would actually start seeing the results that they have been praying for.
Let’s just go to the studies:
“Both groups lost their virginity at an average age of 21, had about three lifetime partners, and had similar rates of STDs. ‘And the majority were having premarital sex, over 50 percent,’ says Rosenbaum. Overall, roughly 75 percent of pledgers and non-pledgers were sexually active, and about one in five was married. “
I think that this quote from the article sums it up very nicely:
Overall pledge takers were no different from non-pledge takers in terms of their premarital sex, anal and oral sexual practices, and their probability of having a sexually transmitted disease.”
*Click the “True Love Waits” logo for the CNN article.

Disingenuous or deceptive? December 30, 2008

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Lets redefine some terms

Lets redefine some terms

 

 

 

 

 

Answers in Genesis is a Christian website dedicated to defending biblical literalism. Every time a check their site I am blown away by one or two things: deception or dis-ingenuousness. 

P.Z. Myers sums it up very nicely:

“It’s true, I do have some presuppositions. I think that explanations should deal with as much of the evidence as possible; they should avoid contradictions, both internal and with the evidence from the physical world; they should be logical; they should make predictions that can be tested; they should have some utility in addressing new evidence. It’s not too much to ask, I don’t think. “Darwin” is not one of my presuppositions, however. Charles Darwin provided a set of explanations that, after some modification, meet my criteria. I am quite prepared to throw Darwin out, however, if a better explanation came along or if evidence that contradicted his ideas were discovered.”

Or better yet, read the blog:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/

Hitchen’s on Christmas December 27, 2008

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'Tis the Season To Be Incredulous

'Tis the Season To Be Incredulous

Although, I’m late posting this article it is well worth a read.

Once again Christopher Hitchens gives us his thoughts on the holidays (aka marketingdays).

Considering the recent election I could not help but post this great picture!

Hitchens and Mccain

My global warming ‘letter to the editor’ December 16, 2008

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Link to my letter on global warming
Link to my letter on global warming

 

 

This is a link to my ‘letter to the editor’ in my hometown newspaper the Montgomery Advertiser. Many people have left comments in regard to my critique of global warming deniers, and some of them contain good examples of logical fallacies.
Many bring up Al Gore in an attempt to discredit the scientific consensus, but this argument would qualify as an: Ad Hominem and Non-Sequitur.

1. Ad Hominem  Attacking the arguer instead of the arguement 

2. Non-Sequitur  Arguing a point that has no relevance to proving ones position

* Can anyone point out other logical fallacies?

Prop 8 ‘The Musical’ is sublime December 10, 2008

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Prop 8 ‘The Musical’

 

This video blew me away.  Jack Black, John C. Reilly and others made this satire mocking the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that passed on November 4, 2008 to ban homosexual marriage.

This video is potent in the fact that there are many popular celebrities speaking out against this measure, and I believe that this could actually influence “middle America.”

Enjoy!