Posted on June 19, 2014 * Comments

William Jennings Bryan (1902)

There are probably better motivations for reading William Jennings Bryan’s In His Image (1922) than wanting to avoid unpacking boxes, but needs must when the devil drives.

Posted on June 18, 2014 * Comments

This post was written by Stephanie Keep and Peter Hess.

Posted on June 17, 2014 * Comments

Milestone 8 on the Upper Boston Post Road in Harvard Square, via Wikimedia Commons

The Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Views blog was recently pleased that there are now five hundred reviews on for Stephen C. Meyer’s screed Darwin’s Doubt (2013). I don’t begrudge the anonymous author his or her pleasure.

Posted on June 16, 2014 * Comments

Last week on Fossil Friday, I gave you a fickle footprint fossil to figure out. What could have left those tiny impressions?

Turns out it was a prehistoric spider!

Wired magazine has the scoop:

Posted on June 16, 2014 * Comments

In which I go to England and am inspired to inject some optimism—and clotted cream—into the climate change discussion. 

Posted on June 13, 2014 * Comments

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont, California. 

Posted on June 12, 2014 * Comments

The Garden of Eden, from Les très riches heures du duc de Berry

A friend recently drew my attention to a newly reposted essay from Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham, asking, “Where was the Garden of Eden located?” No answers, alas: according to Ham, Noah’s Flood so transformed the geography of the earth that there’s no telling where the Temptation of Eve and the Fall of Adam occurred. Faced with the fact that the Bible identifies two of the rivers of Eden as the Tigris and the Euphrates, Ham asserts—without evidence—that the present rivers were named after antediluvian rivers, just as the Thames in Connecticut is named after the Thames in England.

Posted on June 10, 2014 * Comments

“In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Posted on June 10, 2014 * Comments

Kentucky state coat of arms, 1876, via Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday was in the news recently, discussing the treatment of evolution and climate change in the Next Generation Science Standards, which Kentucky’s public schools are scheduled to begin to use in the 2014–2015 school year.

Posted on June 09, 2014 * Comments

In my introductory post, I presented one of many common mistakes made when speaking about evolution. I argued that writing and talking about evolution demands vigilance to avoid finicky issues. In that case, it was inferring a selection pressure for a given trait: Why might longer fingers be better than shorter ones?

Proving that even the MVPs of science can get it wrong when it comes to evolution,