Evolution. Global Warming. Embryonic Stem Cells. In the battles we fight for science, too often we pay attention to the bigger issues and let lesser known skirmishes slip in under the radar. When was the last time you heard a science writer call for accuracy in basic human biology? And so it happens that without the due attention paid to the misconceptions that crop up and persist in the human mind, they rise to the surface and manifest as unsightly signs of pervasive ignorance: Six Flags Marine World embraces Storkism. Continue reading Monday Madness: Six Flags embraces Storkism
I often find myself at the hardware store finding parts for bee boxes and apparati, tubes to cool a condenser with water from the kitchen faucet, and pieces of wood for making a test tube spice rack. I prefer to shop at Orchard Supply Hardware, but seeing as how there isn’t one in Davis, I often find myself at Ace. One day, Ace Hardware decided to put up a sign which got laughs from me every time I passed it. They decided to say: “Support our Troops,” but had the most uncanny way of presenting it, so bad that it deserves to be the next installment of Monday Madness.
Over the weekend, I conceived of a new kind of blog post that I would attempt to write regularly every week, showcasing the limits of human stupidity. I mean, I talk about all sorts of examples of human ingenuity, but sometimes people do things that really make you wonder if they are members of our species. I took a couple pictures of signs in preparation for what I will now call, Monday Madness.
I can’t believe I missed this post at Pharyngula. Apparently, Ann Coulter figured out that evolution was false. Why? Because Evolution is supported by biologists, you know, women. She’s suggesting that we can guage the relative merits of stupid evolutionary “Darwiniacs” and their super-smart Intelligent Design “Coulterparts” on the basis of sex ratios… and she’s right. Continue reading Evolution is FALSE Because of Women!
Gotta love superstition, it gives us lucky numbers, unlucky fridays, sidewalk crack phobias, and obsession over meaningless numbers. Take today, for instance, the Sixth Day of the Sixth month of the Sixth year of the century/milennium. 06/06/06, the mark of the beast, aka the antichrist, people seriously freak out and spend an inordinate effort to keep this palindromic number from coinciding with anything, be it a birthdate or a social security number. By no ironic coincidence, Ann Coulter released her new book today, but on the flip side, PZ Myers announced that today is the birthday of his blog.
Now for my ‘mark of the beast.’ Continue reading My mark of the beast