Health care, Les Paul, Answers in Leviticus and the Rwandan genocide

It’s another episode of “Interesting stuff I’m reading”: Answers in Genesis refuses God’s command and Ken Ham should repent (from Answers in Leviticus Les Paul Youtube Friday an old Crooked Timber post rounding up music by Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and multitracking, who died this week aged 94. One they missed, at …

[Adam Cuerden] Citizendium: The Encyclopedia only pro-Homeopathy editors can edit

Larry Sanger, part-founder of Wikipedia, wrote in 2001: How are we to write articles about pseudoscientific topics, about which majority scientific opinion is that the pseudoscientific opinion is not credible and doesn’t even really deserve serious mention? If we’re going to represent the sum total of “human knowledge”–of what we believe we know, essentially–then we …

Pop-sci meme: what books have you read?

Via PZ “I bought you a sacred host but I trasheded it” Myers comes this book meme: from the list of popular science books below, highlight which ones you’ve read. It’s making me feel like an ignoramus; even with the expanded list suggested by PZ, I don’t get very far at all: 1. Micrographia, Robert …

Beer and morons – Two items worth reading

First: Beer! Crooked Timber’s pet contrarian, Daniel Davies, writes In Praise of Budweiser in which he argues that the much-reviled American beer is a perfectly tasty product, not a ripoff of Budvar beer and by any criteria every bit as good as any British Real Ale. He discusses its history, its recipe, the merits of …

Cute overload in the deep seas

Jelena sent me the link to a page of photographs of animals in the deap sea commenting that I’d find those freaky-yet-cute creatures inspirational. I guess I would. I’ve got my doubts about readigg.com, though. It looks sploggy to me – a fake web directory cobbled together from scraped RSS feeds and stolen content for …

Spineless Behaviour

You know, biology journalism isn’t what it once was. Here’s a newspaper report in the Illustrated London News, December 2, 1871 (pages 535-6). This was meant for a general audience…. THE EIGHT-ARMED CUTTLE The aquarium at the Crystal Palace now contains, with many other interesting objects, several specimens of the poulpe, or eight-armed cuttle, Octopus …

[Adam Cuerden] Encyclopaedia Britannica buys into the Discovery Institute’s hype

From http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9432671/intelligent-design I cannot believe this. It ignores all the criticism deservedly heaped upon Intelligent Design. It ignores Kitzmiller, it parrots all their claims uncritically. Perhaps the full version is better, but if they’re putting this shoddy work up online as a sample of their expertise, I’ll take Wikipedia. frankly. Let’s have a look:

[Adam] Creationist Theory explains what Science cannot!

Evidently, according to Richard Dawkins’ recent Question and Answer session at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Liberty University, (founder: Jerry Falwell) has dinosaur fossils in its museum labelled as 3000 years old, to fit in with a 6000-year-old earth. Whilst this does make Sumeria, Babylon and the like hard to fit in, it does help explain one …