• Why There are (Still) Monkeys

In < 2 min Richard Dawkins explains why asking “Why are there still monkeys?” reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of common ancestry with other great apes.


• Why I Applaud Bill Nye for His “Debate” with Ken Ham

There is no debate, no controversy.

The evidence for evolution is overwhelming (see http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2004/11/darwin-wrong/quammen-text).

Overwhelming evidence, y'all (courtesy Mrs. Darwin)

Overwhelming evidence, y’all (courtesy Mrs. Darwin)

Ken Ham’s express intentions vis-a-vis the debate are to “bring the creation/evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters.” Additionally, he claims that “observational science confirms the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of origins, not evolution.” He is leveraging Bill Nye’s visibility in order to peddle his delusions and/or willful ignorance. Continue reading

• “Only error fears freedom of expression…”

Marketplace of Thought:


Marketplace in Siauliai, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky

“I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as steppingstones to progress. We should of course respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent – if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression…” Hugh B. Brown

• Critical Thinking and Scientific Literacy Assessment

Note: The following is a rough draft of a brief critical thinking and scientific literacy assessment. Please feel free to comment with your feedback. What do you like? What don’t you like? What do you think will work better?

The aim is to produce a brief survey that requires takers to think and communicate about their habits of thought in order to assess competence in critical thinking and scientific literacy.

Finally, The Additional Resources at the bottom of the page are for your own enjoyment. The completed survey should be about as brief as the rough draft of only six questions that appears immediately below.


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