Posted on December 17, 2013 * Comments

One of the most popular resources on NCSE’s website is Robert A. Moore’s “The Impossible Voyage of Noah’s Ark,” which originally appeared in Creation/Evolution 4(1):1–47 in 1983—which, indeed, was the whole of that issue.

Posted on December 16, 2013 * Comments

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Posted on December 13, 2013 * Comments


This past week, I had the opportunity to dive into piles of fossils at the exhibit hall at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. I was up to my neck in trilobites, coprolites, and polished coral. I figured many of these would be a little too easy for you, especially the coprolites (no offense), but I did find some really interesting and unique ones that might challenge your brain a bit.

Posted on December 12, 2013 * Comments

The proliferation of crowdfunding sites on line has allowed creative individuals to get all sorts of projects into public view and to raise funds to carry them out. Of course, this includes educational and scientific projects, and periodically we hear from the creators or supporters of such shoestring or bootstrap efforts when they deal with one of NCSE’s topic areas, evolution or climate.

Posted on December 12, 2013 * Comments

James Bryant Conant

In part 1 of “Conant the Barbarian?” I was discussing a request to help with researching a quotation from James Bryant Conant—a professor of chemistry at and president of Harvard University, and a mover and shaker in the mid-twentieth-century American scientific establishment—which, supposedly, described evolution as “a fantasia which is neither history nor science.” Could a scientist of his eminence have said anything so barbarous?

Posted on December 11, 2013 * Comments

After last month’s Texas textbook vote, I was ready to declare total victory. I wrote:

It's a joy to be able to report on a sweeping victory for science education in Texas, and to be able to give an eyewitness report of the fight over the textbooks that will be used in that massive textbook market for years to come.

Posted on December 11, 2013 * Comments

There is a joke told about Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger out for a country drive one sunny morning.  Heisenberg is pulled over for speeding and the traffic officer asks him, “Sir, do you know how fast you were traveling?” Heisenberg replies, “No, officer, but I know exactly where I am!” The officer looks quite confused and declares, “Sir, you were driving at over 150 km in a residential zone!” Heisenberg throws his arms up and cries in despair, “Oh splendid!

Posted on December 10, 2013 * Comments

James Bryant ConantWhat is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women. Obviously. But if you can’t manage that, then you can at least expose their egregious quote-mining on discussion threads.