One of the two anti-evolution and anti-climate change bills, introduced into the Oklahoma legislature earlier this year, died in committee. The remaining bill, HB1551, was passed by the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee in February, so may be scheduled for a floor vote soon. The surviving bill is modeled upon the Louisiana Louisiana Academic Freedom Act, which states:
…the teaching of some scientific subjects, such as biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning, can cause controversy, and that some teachers may be unsure of the expectations concerning how they should present information on such subjects.
I would hope that every single reader of this blog would know that the predicted Mayan calendar apocalypse, that some people (including the History Channel, as annoying as that is) will happen in 2012, is nothing but pseudoscientific junk. First of all, the Mayans themselves didn’t make that prediction, it’s based on the “end” of the Mayan calendar. The Mayan calendar just starts again, just like all modern calendars. Those Mayans were brilliant astronomers, which is more than I can say about the current gang of 2012 doomsday prophesiers! Continue reading “NASA says 2012 Mayan apocalypse is bogus”
The anti-vaccination lunacy is made up of lot of individuals who push the various myths and pseudoscience regarding vaccines onto the planet. There’s Andy Wakefield, whose original article was withdrawn by the medical journal who published it, and who was stripped of his medical license because he perpetrated a fraud. Why he’s not sitting in a British prison is beyond my understanding.
In my recent post about Bill Moyers and the anti-vaccine lunacy, I referred to the Straw Man Fallacy, which I’ve just added to my Logical Fallacy FAQ. I try to keep my FAQ to a few sentences (and I will add links to more complex descriptions of the fallacies), trying to make it easy to grasp the essence of the particular fallacy.
It’s not often that a political blog will show up on a skeptic’s posting, even if it’s written by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, two respected political commentators. In their article, Vaccination Nation, they strike out against the anti-vaccination crowd, quickly demolishing some of their ridiculous arguments. I would have missed this article if not for some rantings of an vaccine denialist that will be discussed later.
Sometimes, when we talk about the consequences of global warming, it feels as though it’s an intellectual exercise. Maybe the winters seem a little warmer. Maybe we know that the sea-level will rise. But that’s all down the road, and maybe, we can change the direction upward direction of the global temperature. Continue reading “Kiribati needs to find some new land as oceans rise”
A seventeenth patient has contracted measles in Indiana. The patient, who was not vaccinated for measles, had travelled outside of the US to an area where the disease is prevalent.
Although 17 cases may seem like a small outbreak, it is actually large compared to the disease’s almost non-existence during the past few years. Measles is so contagious that those who are not vaccinated are highly susceptible.
I’ve added a new FAQ that lists out various logical fallacies to which I refer occasionally while writing about the pseudoscience pushing groups. You can reach it through this link or through the navigation bar. I’ll add new ones as required.