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Santorum runs

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Turns out Rick Santorum might be running for president. Well, to help out his cause I’ll post “his website.” Enjoy.

Thanks to Dan Savage for the news.
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Evidence for Evolution, ctd

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is a BBC report that fulfills an evolutionary prediction. Jerry Coyne (among other biologists) predicted that:

On p. 44 of Why Evolution is True I say this:

“All these nonflying feathered dinosaur fossils date between 135 and 110 million years ago — later than the 145-million-year old Archaeopteryx. That means that they could not beArchaeopteryx’s direct ancestors, but they could have been its cousins. Feathered dinosaurs probably continued to exist after one of their kin gave rise to birds. We should, then, be able to find even older feathered dinosaurs that were the ancestors of Archaeopteryx. The problem is that feathers are preserved only in special sediments — the fine-grained silt of quiet environments like lake beds or lagoons. And these conditions are very rare. But we can make another testable evolutionary prediction: someday we’ll find fossils of feathered dinosaurs that are older than Archaeopteryx.”

Well,

“Drawing the tree of life, it’s fairly obvious that feathers arose before Archaeopteryx appears in the fossil record,” he told BBC News.

“Now these fantastic new discoveries by Professor Xu Xing prove that once and for all.

“These new discoveries are maybe 10 million years older thanArchaeopteryx.”

If its predictions keep coming true, that’s a real test of the veracity of any scientific theory.

Categories: BBC, Evolution, Jerry Coyne

Theodicy: Coyne Vs Sullivan

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

For Tory

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment
“Turns out if you go to December 21 and look at the star charts, its true, the centre of the galaxy, the sun and the earth come into perfect alignment. They will, it’s true, it’s true.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Astrophysicist on 2012 predictions
(this is what you call “quote mining”)
For the full quote:

He’s great.

Delicious News

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Now this is what I call an aphrodisiac.

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Protecting inefficiency

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Ricky or anyone else, explain to me how this is smart economics.

(H/T Andrew Sullivan)

Mankiw’s Magic Pills

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Greg Mankiw in The New York Times asks who should pay for health care?

The push for universal coverage is based on the appealing premise that everyone should have access to the best health care possible whenever they need it. That soft-hearted aspiration, however, runs into the hardheaded reality that state-of-the-art health care is increasingly expensive. At some point, someone in the system has to say there are some things we will not pay for. The big question is, who? The government? Insurance companies? Or consumers themselves? And should the answer necessarily be the same for everyone

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