Category: Laws

Slate.com in a Dither Over non-Repeal of LSEA

Slate.com is all upset that repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008 was was rejected yet again in a 3-2 vote in the State Senate. 19 year old Rice University Student Zack Kopplin has been leading the charge to get this “outrage” done away with once and for all, with help from the […] more

A tale of two tragedies, in China and the US — reflections and suggestions

Yesterday was a hard day, even for those like me who were quite late to the news. We woke up here to the news on BBC — a Caribbean tradition — that someone in China had attacked a classroom with a knife of some kind and had slashed twenty-two children. This, in a country where […] more

A law expert’s thoughts on new atheism as a religion

“Atheism refers to the affirmative belief that there is no god, and that ultimate questions of morality and purpose can be answered using the scientific method.” more

Some people would still Expel Ben Stein, it seems

The design folk will inherit science because the no-design folk are into multiverses now. Just as a boy inherits the business because his brother is in chronic crack rehab. more

Alleged, movie about the Scopes Trial: “You can’t walk away from the truth”

vs. “Some lies just have to be told.” more

Missouri: Bill to give equal treatment to intelligent design, evolution?

To judge from its length and detail, the assembly could pass the bill as an alternative to reading it. more

Most “scientific” challenges to free will are motivated nonsense.

And the motive is seizing control of social systems that we are told “aren’t working.” more

Do markets follow laws of human nature, or can they be manipulated at random?

So now we come to the key question: Is the floor trade world a natural outcome of human behaviour, into which some men and a much smaller proportion of women fit? Yes, probably. more

There is no Master Switch for the Information Age, reviewer says

Wu, alas, is probably misled by determinist claims about human life being governed by this or that law. There is no such law. Patterns, yes, and some are predictable. No pattern except decay and eventual death is a law. more

Annie, git yer gun: The fundies are comin’ down from them thar hills …

Warmup act: The sky is falling. In “From The Kentucky ‘Ark Park’ To Back-Door Creationist Legislation, Religious Right Forces Are Demanding State Support Of Fundamentalist Dogma, Rob Boston (Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Newsletter, July/August 2011) dispenses with nuances, Attacking evolution means big money for the Religious Right. In Kentucky, a […] more

California Lawmaker demands answers over museum censorship

Apparently round two of the controversy over the California’s Science Center’s cancellation of Darwin’s Dilemma is getting ready to take place. This was reported and discussed here back in October, as well as here and here in December. Now, a California State Senator is calling the constitutionality of the censorship into question. more

O’Reilly: Dawkins’ evolution only is fascism

O’Reilly told Dawkins” you insist you can’t even mention it, that is fascism, sir. Was he right? Is it constitutional/scientific to insist that only materialistic evolution can be taught? See: O’Reilly vs. Atheist Author Richard Dawkins O’REILLY: . . . It’s not fair to leave it out of the science class if the science class […] more

Diffusion Entropic Analysis to model natural complex time series vs CSI

Nicola Scafetta has demonstrated that Diffusion Entropic Analysis can identify physical phenomena underlying complex time series, including non-Gaussian Levy and other series. This appears an important development in detecting complex physical phenomena resulting in time series measurements. Scafetta’s work promises to be important in detecting and distinguishing Complex Specified Information from natural complex phenomena. e.g. […] more

Science’s Rightful Place Redux

Back in January I posted this comment to ask what is science’s “rightful place.” Now it seems we’re getting a clearer picture of the answer as far as the President is concerned. Fox News is reporting that President Obama to issue an executive order on Monday that would lift the restrictions on embryonic stem cell […] more

Texas educator sues over job loss and creationism

Published online 9 July 2008 | Nature 454, 150 (2008) A former Texas official is suing the state’s education agency, saying that its policies passively endorse creationism. In a complaint filed with a district court on 1 July, Christina Comer, a former director of state science education, alleged that officials tacitly condone the teaching of […] more

UD’s Immodest Proposal mentioned in Worldnet Daily

Congratulations to Roddy Bullock for having his first column, Judge says creationism for the birds, published in Worldnet Daily. Roddy is head of the Intelligent Design Network in Ohio. Roddy references Bill Dembski’s Immodest Proposal But there is another option, a brilliant solution if evolution’s defenders have any integrity. Put forth by author William Dembski, […] more

The Shadow falls across Canada … what does it mean for the ID community in the United States?

Observing the ongoing collapse of civil liberties in Canada, Bill asked me, As I recall, Judge Jones in his ruling used the word “disparage” in relation to Darwin and his theory, attempting to put pressure on those who might want to disparage Darwin in the public school context. How soon before it is illegal to disparage […] more

Good News for the boys at “After The Bar Closes”

California’s top court legalizes gay marriage Hat Tip to Wesley Elsberry’s message board for homozygous church burnin’ ebola boys After the Bar Closes. more

“No process can result in a net gain of information” underlies 2LoT

Further to Granville Sewell‘s work on the 2nd Law in an open system, here is Duncan & Semura profound insight into how loss of information is the foundation for the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. This appears foundational to the understanding and development and testing of origin theories and consequent change in physical and biotic systems. […] more

ID skirmish in Virginia public schools

There have been a few limited skirmishes in Virginia over ID in the universities. Up until now the public school issue has been quiet. But are things set to change? Ed Brayton brought this article to my attention: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design How were the oceans, puppies and human beings formed? Was it through evolution, […] more

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