2007-12-31

Video: Ken Miller on Intelligent Design

Wow! Check in out.

His content is generally fascinating, but he centers around the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

Ken Miller was an expert witness at the trial, in which a Bush-appointed judge concluded:

Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (and Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution) because intelligent design is not science and "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

His discussion and analysis are brilliant, in one case mentioning the famous textbook disclaimer stickers:

This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

His reply was brilliant and simple: the stickers don't go far enough. The alternative:

This textbook has material on science. Science is built around theories, which are strongly supported by factual evidence. Everything in science should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

He also references a comic that I have blogged about before:

Let the kids decide 

Very funny. Very important.

2007-12-18

Quote of the day

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

-Howard Thurman

Discovered via an email signature. Thanks, Briana.

2007-12-11

Tell the world to ignore Bush on climate change.

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From our friends at Avazz.org:

UN Climate talks in Bali, Indonesia are down to the wire to set new global emissions targets--but the Bush administration is trying to prevent any concrete agreement on cutting carbon.

Tell the world that President Bush doesn't speak for us. Sign the petition below, and Avaaz will deliver it to delegates in Bali--letting the Bush administration know that we don't agree with its obstructionism, and telling the world not to give up hope on Americans. We're ready for progress, even if our government is not.

Please, sign the petition.

2007-12-10

Gift Cards Suck: don't give them as (Christmas) gifts

So I'm listening to the Marketplace podcast walking home tonight and on comes a brilliant commentary: Forget the gift cards, give cash.

Bottom line: if you can't figure out something to buy someone, you're silly if you think a gift card is some how better than just giving cash.

They are more inconvenient and they are rarely fully used. Merchants push them because--surprise, surprise--they know that any card not redeemed is pure profit.

If you really care about someone, give them something they can really use.

Or give them cash--which is something they can really use.

Gift cards are the worst of both worlds. Don't buy the hype.

And yes, I accept PayPal.

2007-12-05

My younger brother is an opera singer. Wanna hear?

I really wanted to write "little" brother but he's probably an inch taller than me. I'm taller than my "big" brother, too. Funny how that works.

Anyway...

If you want to hear John Michael sing: http://www.myspace.com/johnmichaelmoore

As I've joked many times: we have about the same amount of hot air, he just uses his much more effectively.

Two thoughts on the picture.

1) Why do people always look angry in their glossy?

2) Can you tell we're related? Kinda freaky...

2007-12-01

Cool stuff from Lessig: Corruption, Obama, Fox News Porn?

Corruption

A while ago, I mentioned that Lessig is moving on to a bigger fish than media licensing: political corruption.

His first stab at a lecture is educational and entertaining in that Lessig-is-a-poet kinda way.

Corruption Lecture - alpha version.

Obama

So Lessig is behind Obama. His reasoning is sound and in many respects echoes feelings I had the last time I chatted about the Dems.

His words for Hillary are harsh:

...the part that gets me the most about Senator Clinton is the eager embrace of spinelessness.

Ouch.

Fox News Porn

Lessig links to an interesting site: FoxNewsPorn.com.

Here's to high-quality news, huh?