Bits and pieces about the world of technology, science, politics, rationality, secularism and reason
Monday, March 30, 2009
Work is getting crazy, projects piling up, and so many things are happening in the blogosphere.
First, I'm happy to report that an e-mail I had sent to St. Petersburg Times got published both on line and in print (in the Sat, 03/28/2009 edition). I write the letter to the editor because I got mildly annoyed by an article published in the LivingTimes add-on the the paper on Wednesday, March 25th. Its topic was acupuncture, and it was very uncritical and, in my opinion, should be labeled as "Advertisement". To make the story short, the original article is here:
Some folks find pain relief with acupuncture
and my letter:
Higher standards needed
On to the other topics...
Everyone was a bit too optimistic about Texas last week, however, at least my home state of Florida seems to be safe when it comes to education standards: A bit of confusion, but all is good
Let's hope it stays that way, at least in the Sunshine State.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Ouch Florida... Do we have to do it every year?
State Sen Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville has quietly filed legislation that would
change the way Florida schools teach Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Evolution Bill Quietly Filed In State Senate
This nonsense is coming back every year (or even more often). Yet another proof that you don't have to be smart to be a politician...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Incredible news out of Texas: creationists have lost a big battle to destroy
science education in the Lone Star State!
Breaking news: SCIENCE WINS IN TEXAS!! Barely.
Let's hope this will not come back in the future in Texas, but it is brewing in Florida for sure, as you can see below:
Florida Citizens for Science
Monday, March 23, 2009
Well, it's official: Oklahoma's state legislature is investigating the
University of Oklahoma for hosting a speech by evolutionary biologist Richard
The whole thing is here.
An Interview With Jerry Coyne
In the meantime American Scientist is running a nice interview with him, and it is worth reading to see what prompted Jerry to write his book in the first place.
First of all, I only teach evolution. I've been teaching it for my whole career, which I guess is coming on 25 years now, and I realized when I started
teaching that nobody ever taught the evidence for evolution, which is
wide-ranging and cool. And I looked in the textbooks, and they didn't have it
either. And yet when you read Darwin, the thing that's most fascinating is the
evidence he musters in support of it. In talking with professional biologists
and evolutionists, they didn't ever learn why people thought evolution was true,
because you're not taught that in class. But I thought that that should be
passed on to the students because of the second reason I wrote the book, which
is the pervasiveness of creationism in this country. I wanted to educate the
students so they know that evolution really happened, so they don't really doubt
that, but also to arm them against the forces of irrationality that were going
to be impinging on them and society.
Read the entire inteview here.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Top 10 Family Camping In Florida
I always welcome a good list of suggestions for a family outing, and St. Petersburg Times' Web Site, has just such a list:
Top 10 family camping spots in Florida
Very useful, since some of the places are not well known outside of the Sunshine State.
Icons! Icons!!! for all...
50 Most Beautiful Icon Sets Created in 2008
These come handy often, just for your own enjoyment, some desktop personalization, or to spice up a Web project.
The Volcano Goes... Kaboom!!!
The volcano, erupting under the sea in the South Pacific gave the scientist an incredible show. Check out the pictures on the Boston Glob web site: Undersea eruptions near Tonga
Monday, March 9, 2009
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Another Reason Why Healthcare Is (Sooo) Expensive In the U.S.
Today, there is an interesting entry (Wyeth vs. Levine: Should Drug Label Standards Be Determined By Juries?) about a recent case heard by the US Supreme Court, and its outcome. In today's economic climate, while the new Washington Administration is paving the way to universal health care, are we still wondering why health care in this country is SOOO expensive? Call me crazy, but, as the author of the blog entry says, why are the lay people making medical decisions? Do I see "lawyers" and "$$$" all over???