Historian geologist school governor priest writes supporting petition against creationism in Scots schools

Historian geologist school governor priest writes supporting petition against creationism in Scots schools

Michael Roberts is a Church of England priest, a graduate in theology and geology, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an honour reserved for those who have made “an original contribution to historical scholarship.” The Rev Michael’s contribution has been in the form of a series of articles regarding the response of Churches to the series of discoveries that throughout the nineteenth…

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3rd Nobel Prize winner backs petition: keep creationist teaching out of Scots schools

3rd Nobel Prize winner backs petition: keep creationist teaching out of Scots schools

John Sulston.jpgSir John Sulston, Chair of the Manchester University Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation, joins Sir Harold Kroto and Sir Richard Roberts as the third Nobel Prize winner to sign the petition

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth…

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Socrates, Evolution, and the Word “Theory”

Socrates, Evolution, and the Word “Theory”

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Photograph through Wikipedia by Greg O’Beirne, digitally altered to remove graffiti from forehead.

What’s wrong with this argument? More than you think!

All men are mortal.
Socrates is a man.
Therefore Socrates is mortal.

It’s perfectly valid, meaning that if the premises are true, the conclusion must also be true. Despite this, as Bertrand Russell explained very clearly many years ago,[1] the…

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Scottish schools: we don’t invite antivaxxers so we shouldn’t invite antievolutionists

Scottish schools: we don’t invite antivaxxers so we shouldn’t invite antievolutionists

There is still time to sign the petition calling on the Scottish Government to give this badly needed guidance:

Scottish Parliament: Return to homepageCalling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent, and…

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Second Nobel Laureate signs petition (attached) to keep creationist teaching out of Scottish state schools

Second Nobel Laureate signs petition (attached) to keep creationist teaching out of Scottish state schools

[Update of last Friday’s post]

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent, and deep time.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationi…

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Nobel Prize winner backs (will you back?) petition to keep Creationism out of Scottish schools

Nobel Prize winner backs (will you back?) petition to keep Creationism out of Scottish schools

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationismguidance  If you agree, please click on link to sign.

Sir Harold with models of fullerenes. The simplest, C60, is shaped like a soccer ball


Sir Harold Kroto, FRS, Hon. FRSE, Nobel Prize winner, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex and Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University,…

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Gaza: what you can do right now

Gaza: what you can do right now

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Photo: Iyad al Baba,via Oxfam

This shouldn’t be necessary, but it is:

https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/gaza?cid=rdt_gaza

Things are quiet in Gaza, at least for the moment. The Israelis have achieved their goal of destroying much of Hamas’s material base and tunnels. Hamas has achieved its goal of making the Israelis look bad, by getting large numbers of their own people killed or made…

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Against creationism in Scottish schools? Sign, support, share

Against creationism in Scottish schools? Sign, support, share

Scottish Parliament: Return to homepagehttp://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationismguidance

Creationists including Young Earth creationists have access and influence in Scottish publicly funded schools, as chaplains, chaplaincy team members, volunteer visitors, religious appointees to Local Authority Education Committees, and even as suppliers of course materials Requests to the Scottish Government for…

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The Problem with Pandas

The Problem with Pandas

Keywords: sex, violence, baby swapping, mistaken identity, DNA testing, international relations, Richard Nixon, Viagra, Sixth Mass Extinction

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Rotation of back paw allows red panda to descend head first down tree. Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Greg Hume through Wikipedia

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Names can be deceptive. The red panda and the giant panda are not two different…

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