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Scientific consensus and arguments from authority

Posted by doctore0 on July 13, 2015

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The Big Picture and a Petty Deity

Posted by doctore0 on June 29, 2015

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Politicians, school boards, principals, and teachers are pushing creationism on kids

Posted by doctore0 on June 9, 2015


creationismjobsWhen a student in Louisiana opens her textbook in biology class, she might not have the standard Miller and Levine Biology with a dragonfly on the cover, and she might not ever learn about evolution. For some Louisiana public school students, their science textbook is the Bible, and in biology class they read the Book of Genesis to learn the “creation point of view.”

Through a public records request, I obtained dozens of emails from the Bossier Parish school district that specifically discuss teaching creationism. Shawna Creamer, a science teacher at Airline High School, sent an email to the principal, Jason Rowland, informing him of which class periods she would use to teach creationism. “We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present,” Creamer wrote.
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In another email exchange with Rowland, a parent had complained that a different teacher, Cindy Tolliver, actually taught that evolution was a “fact.” This parent complained that Tolliver was “pushing her twisted religious beliefs onto the class.” Principal Rowland responded, “I can assure you this will not happen again.”
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How Religion Harms Education – AronRa at Atheist Ireland

Posted by doctore0 on April 22, 2015

Aron Ra, Texas State Director of American Atheists, speaks to an Atheist Ireland meeting about how religion harms education, in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on 21 April 2015.

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Why temperatures never go up in straight lines

Posted by doctore0 on April 15, 2015

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Durham Free School: ‘Creationism taught at’ free school facing closure

Posted by doctore0 on March 3, 2015


creationismPupils at Durham Free School were taught creationism during science lessons, according to newspaper Schools Week.

The school, which has already been ordered to close by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been accused of harbouring “prejudiced views” of children from other faiths that went unchallenged by teachers.

A teacher at the school reportedly asked Year 7 pupils to complete a worksheet as part of their science homework that stated: “Only the Earth has life on it. God has designed the solar system so that the Earth can support life.”

Any school, academy or free school that is found to teach Creationism as a scientific fact would be in breach of the law and its funding agreement.

Inspectors from education standards watchdog Ofsted also said that they had found evidence of bullying, poor standards in the classroom and financial mismanagement at the free school in investigations last month.
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Bill Nye: Scientific Curiosity Kept Our Ancestors Alive

Posted by doctore0 on March 3, 2015

Everyone’s favorite Science Guy chats with Jake Roper of Vsauce3 (about the importance of science education in ensuring future generations remain creative, experimental, and evolutionarily competitive. Science education empowers students, says Nye. It fuels our curiosity in a way that is essential for the long term survival of humanity.

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Reptilian Bieber-mosh

Posted by doctore0 on February 18, 2015

Captain Disillusion explains the video compression artifact behind the reptilian alien conspiracy beliefs

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Orange School Board bans distribution of religious, political materials at school

Posted by doctore0 on February 11, 2015

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Genetic Modification — science vs belief

Posted by doctore0 on February 9, 2015

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