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The Mistrust of Science. The following was delivered as the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th.

The Mistrust of Science

If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. 10 Astounding Moments in a Creationist Textbook: Revisting Of Pandas and People. Poppycock Carrie Poppy April 25, 2016 The Foundation for Thought and Ethics, the non-profit which once published the internationally controversial textbook Of Pandas and People, has quietly closed its doors.

10 Astounding Moments in a Creationist Textbook: Revisting Of Pandas and People

The financially-struggling organization was completely dissolved some time in early 2016, and its titles have been absorbed by the notorious Intelligent Design group, The Discovery Institute. Don’t weep yet for the death of Creationist textbooks; you can still order them in bulk through the Discovery Institute website. Why creationists are out of time with history and science. One very positive aspect of the digital world for scientists is that there are various websites that track citations and mentions of research papers and link them together.

Why creationists are out of time with history and science

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old. August 20, 2014 | Like this article?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. In the wake of the success of the "Cosmos" television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet. When I asked if the success of "Cosmos" had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage the show would get by entertainment sites and blogs. Tyson was not as shocked by the backlash the show garnered from certain religious and political groups, mainly creationists who took issue with Tyson’s insistence on discussing evolution, the Big Bang theory and the history of scientific discovery. Ken Ham’s criticisms came in the form of a weekly review on his website Answers in Genesis, a creationist organization. But Tyson wondered how Ham was even able to get anyone’s attention. Bill Nye Fights Back. Photographs by F.

Bill Nye Fights Back

Scott Schafer Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell,” Bill Nye said. He was prepping for a Super Bowl party and making pizza dough from a recipe given to him by his friend, Bob Picardo, who played The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. He ducked beneath the countertop, pulled out a KitchenAid mixer and a bag of flour, and then returned to the topic at hand, which was religion and science and what he believed. “Even if I am going to hell,” he continued, “that still doesn’t mean the Earth is 6,000 years old. Top 5 Creationist Claims About Grand Canyon: #3 How Fossils Show “Mass Kills” From Noah’s Flood. The Northwest Science Museum Vision Center puts creationism on display. In a space about the size of a studio apartment, the Northwest Science Museum Vision Center accommodates a life-size plaster cast mastodon skull that rests in the middle of the room.

The Northwest Science Museum Vision Center puts creationism on display

But the 25-foot-by-25-foot room feels uncluttered and organized, with tidy displays, a bookshelf and a model for what the NSM hopes to become: a 300,000-450,000-square-foot museum with creationism and young-earth theories in the spotlight. And a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark docked out front. The Raw Story. By David EdwardsMonday, July 14, 2014 11:48 EDT Televangelist Pat Robertson advised a mother on Monday that she could cure her son’s stomach pains by finding someone to cast out demons that were possibly caused by an ancestor who practiced witchcraft.

The Raw Story

In an email, a viewer named Dianne told the TV preacher that her son had “painful shock-waves thru his body” that originated in his stomach while she was praying for him and calling on “the name of JESUS.” “My son said it felt like something hit him very hard in the stomach,” the mother wrote. “I know this is not of God. He is a Christian.

'Going Ape' relives Florida battles over evolution. During Florida's most recent battle over teaching evolution in public schools, Brandon Haught chronicled the fight for a science-advocacy group that he had helped form.

'Going Ape' relives Florida battles over evolution

After that battle ended as he'd hoped — with a pro-evolution vote by the State Board of Education in early 2008 — Haught began to research previous evolution controversies in Florida. Creationism at Its Most Extreme: Will the Scottish Parliament Respond?  Just how extreme is creationism?

Creationism at Its Most Extreme: Will the Scottish Parliament Respond? 

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This? Nobody can deny the fact that Christianity has played a huge role in our history.

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?

Rock of ages—or ages of rocks? I am leaving for The Amazing Meeting this morning (I speak at 11:00 on Sunday, if you’re attending), but I had dinner with Bill Nye last night (who is a keynote speaker at TAM). We got to talking about his victory over Ken Ham in the debate last February 4.