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Are Academic Freedom Laws Anti-Science?

Published on February 26, 2011 By sirrahc

“[A] fair result can only be obtained by stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  — Charles Darwin To most in the U.S., February 12th is known & celebrated as Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. But, to a growing number, that date has become Darwin Day, in honor of Charles Darwin. […]

Final(?) Word on Ida

Published on March 21, 2010 By sirrahc

She’s back in the news, but just barely. That 47 million-years-old skeleton of what may be the earliest-known primate, Darwinius masillae (aka “Ida”), is getting some more attention — at least, in scientific circles. As you may recall (go here, then come back), there was a lot of hype last year when Ida was revealed […]

Gore Doubles-Down

Published on February 28, 2010 By sirrahc

The great bear of enviro-activism has poked his head out from a self-imposed hibernation. We haven’t heard from him in awhile, but Al Gore has a new op-ed piece in the New York Times. Not surprisingly, he minimizes the current climate data scandals, maintains support for the IPCC, and tries to obfuscate by marrying climate […]

Those Dang Tetrapod Tracks (Part 2)

Published on January 19, 2010 By sirrahc
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Those Dang Tetrapods

The 2004 discovery (reported in 2006) of a well-preserved fossil creature dubbed Tiktaalik was hailed as the “missing link” that finally solidified the “fish to tetrapod” transition — a “snapshot” of “a fossil fish in the act of adapting toward a life on land”. Dated to 375-383 Mya, Tiktaalik was concluded to be an intermediary […]

Shenanigans at the California Science Center

Published on January 6, 2010 By sirrahc

First the California Science Center agreed to show the pro-Intelligent Design film “Darwin’s Dilemma” last October (along with a pro-Darwin film). Then they changed their minds when pressured by associates at the Smithsonian Institution. Their excuse was that a rental agreement had been violated by the film’s sponsor, the American Freedom Alliance (AFA). The AFA […]

No ClimateGate Questions Allowed, Or Else!

Published on December 12, 2009 By sirrahc

It seems an example of “climate change fascism” has peaked its head thru the curtain in Copenhagen. At a book-launching press conference today, Stanford’s Professor Stephen Schneider was answering questions from the audience, when journalist and documentarian Phelim McAleer asked the professor some frank questions about the ClimateGate scandal. While Schneider testily gave a non-answer, […]

This Is Climategate: Shining a Light (and Turning Up the Heat) on Climate Change Alarmists

Published on November 29, 2009 By sirrahc

For those who somehow missed this news item from several days ago, hundreds of email messages & other documents (some as old as 13 years) from the UK’s University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit were “leaked” to the public. Though illegally obtained (i.e., hacked), they have so far proven to be genuine. The correspondence […]

Global Climate… Stasis? Oops!

Published on November 23, 2009 By sirrahc

I don’t want to get into the whole “global warming / climate change” topic TOO much now, because I am still planning a series of posts about it. But, I thought this article in Germany’s Der Spiegel was worth bringing up. According to studies by the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Great […]

Much Ado about Ida: The Missing Link that Wasn’t

Published on November 1, 2009 By sirrahc

Do you remember the introduction to the world of “Ida” this past May? The media frenzy and hype around this small, 47 million-year-old primate went far beyond the usual, even when it comes to the intriguing & controversial issue of human evolution. In addition to publication of the scientific paper itself in PLoS ONE, within […]

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