Required Readings

Mothering African universities, disabled conference-goers, correctional ed, WI tenure, and more: Required Readings, 07.19.15

In a new study, women leaders in higher education in Africa describe their gender as an extra job they must perform, in which they must serve as maternal figures as well as role models. As the United States approaches, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, academic organizations should make stronger …

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Scientology in CA Public Schools, Christian College Struggles with Evolution, Gender Discrimination in FL: Required Readings 05.31.14

The Church of Scientology is doing California a public service.  If that sentence made you throw up in your mouth a little, then your skepdar is properly calibrated.  Narconon, an anti-drug arm of the church has been invited to speak at 28 California public schools since 2007.  SFGate has a …

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Part 4: Creationism – when you teach science there is no controversy.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by animal behavior.  At the age of six I embarked on a career path from which I never wavered.  Except once. Almost. As a sophomore in college I took two semesters of Astronomy to round out my non-biology science electives.  …

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Part 3: Debating creationism – why it is good idea (but not always)

For Bill Nye or anyone else to debate a creationist like Ken Ham makes no more sense than for Neil deGrasse Tyson to debate a flat-earther.  The science of both issues is settled – debates just give credibility to crackpots. Oh, do I disagree.  Dr. Tyson should debate a flat-earther, …

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Creationism, Part 1: It’s a fight over science, not facts.

Last year I became a movie star.  Well in truth, I became an extra in a biblical docudrama exposing evolution and proving the existence of God.  Yes, I was one of the Feckless Four: Professors unable to answer the simple question of, “Give me one piece of evidence for evolution”, …

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Should high school attending adults be spanked? How much has America evolved on evolution? How harmful can fraternities be? – Required Readings

Good morning everyone, enjoy your reading and have a nice Sunday! Is America Evolving on Evolution? – there’s definitely still a long way to go. The Dark Power of Fraternities – I had always thought this was all exaggerated by movies, and it probably is, but not as much as …

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Required Readings: Bill Nye won the debate against Ken Ham, or did he? Adjuncts’ working conditions improve – Required Readings

Good morning everyone! Enjoy your Sunday, hope it’s not too cold for you, but just so you know, I’m basking in tropical sunlight! Bill Nye Ken Ham Debate In Depth Recap Synopsis and Who Won – but do creationists actually think Bill Nye won? Clash over worldviews – I doubt …

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Second Attack of Evolution Education in Missouri.

A week ago, we had an awesome article by Lance, from Grounded Parents, about Missouri’s anti-evolution legislation. This week, we’re lucky enough to have his follow-up article, which he generously let us borrow from his personal site. Last week, I wrote about the first bill submitted in the Missouri House of Representatives this session …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 7 January 2014

Good morning, everyone! Here are your Tuesday readings: -The Sunday Assembly – the “atheist church” – undergoes a split. -How do we get people to listen to the message of science? -Another poll released by the NCSE shows that six in ten Americans accept evolution. Have some links you’d like …

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Required Readings, 24 December 2013

Good morning, everyone! Here are some articles for your consideration: -Atheist groups around the country are rebuffed while trying to be charitable. -This writer says that teaching is more difficult than being an aerospace engineer. -A new Harris poll addresses evolution and creationism. Have some links you’d like to share? …

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