FiveThirtyEight has a new article up that illustrates how education and religion factor in to this presidential election. The findings are pretty much what you'd expect, but you may be interested in reading the full article anyway. By the way, the FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast is excellent, if you're interested in that kind of thing.
Atheists Need to Fact-Check Better (Reblog)
Ran across this post over at The Musings of Thomas Verenna, and I think he makes a great point. He states that the image below is something that's going around Facebook right now, and what it claims is simply incorrect. If you'd like to see all the reasons why he finds fault with this image,… Continue reading Atheists Need to Fact-Check Better (Reblog)
The Evidence for Evolution Part 2
You can find the first post in this series here. Time Before we can really dig in (if you'll forgive the pun) to what the fossils tell us, we need to establish a timeline. Many (most?) detractors of evolution maintain that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, because if you take the Bible… Continue reading The Evidence for Evolution Part 2
The Evidence for Evolution Part 1
When I was growing up, I never for a minute considered that evolution might be true. I already "knew" that the Bible was the inerrant word of God, so evolution was simply error. And in my high school biology classes, our teacher made it clear that she had to teach us about evolution by law,… Continue reading The Evidence for Evolution Part 1
Why Evolution and Religion Don’t Have to Be at Odds
To me, one of the most frustrating debates in this country is between evolution and creationism, and it's frustrating because it's completely unnecessary. Evolution is not something that factored into my deconversion. But after leaving Christianity, I became interested in learning more about it, since I had left my past ideas on how we all… Continue reading Why Evolution and Religion Don’t Have to Be at Odds
School’s out for… Creationism?
A bill has been introduced in the Alabama legislature that would allow school boards to approve off-campus classes on creationism that would count as an elective credit for any participating students. Republican Representative Bill Galliher proposed the legislation after being approached by Joseph Kennedy, 84, who was fired from an elementary school in 1980 for… Continue reading School’s out for… Creationism?
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design
Thanks to Jerry Coyne's blog, I ran across an article today by Neil deGrasse Tyson called "The Perimeter of Ignorance." In case you don't know who he is, Dr Tyson runs the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. And if you watch the PBS show NOVA, you've probably seen him… Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design
Great Article on Sex Education
The New York Times posted a really interesting article on 11/16 about the way sexuality is taught in schools (Teaching Good Sex, by Laurie Abraham). Primarily, the article dealt with the way the subject is handled by a private school in Philadelphia. This particular program doesn't shy away from the tough questions that can accompany… Continue reading Great Article on Sex Education