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Young Americans Are Finally Figuring out Evolution

According to Slate, a Pew Research poll has found that a bare majority of millennials accept evolution as described by scientists. This is in contrast to findings from the last few decades, that a significant number of Americans favor a magic-based or -friendly explanation of where human beings came from. Oddly enough, this seems to… Continue reading Young Americans Are Finally Figuring out Evolution

Evolution · Things I've Learned

Natural Selection in the Fossil Record

table.figure { background-color: #f0f0f0; } table.figure caption { caption-side: bottom; font-size: 90%; padding: 1em; background-color: #f0f0f0; } For quite some time now, I’ve had a question: We can see evolution in the present. And we can see natural selection in the present. And we can see lots of evolution in the fossil record. But can… Continue reading Natural Selection in the Fossil Record

Atheism · Creationism · Evolution · Religion · Science · Skepticism

The “Don’t Be A Dick” Heard Round the World

I feel chastised. Undoubtedly the most controversial, most thought-provoking talk at TAM 8 was Phil Plait‘s “Don’t be a dick” talk, in which he decried what he sees as the rise of incivility in the skeptical blogosphere. He wrote it down ahead of time so as not to ad lib and accidentally say something he… Continue reading The “Don’t Be A Dick” Heard Round the World

Creationism · Evolution

Another Creationist Myth Bites the Dust

We’ve all heard about the peppered moths of England: how soot from the Industrial Revolution turned English trees dark, and how as a result, peppered moths went from being mostly light-colored to being mostly dark. One argument in creationsts’ bag of misinformation is that peppered moths don’t rest on tree trunks. Therefore, a textbook that… Continue reading Another Creationist Myth Bites the Dust