I come across huge amounts of interesting online material but there's not enough time to repond to or comment upon most of it. So, every now and then I'm going to flag up articles and blog entries that might be of interest to the regular passer-by of this blog. Here's today's:
Skeptical US conservatives fight back.
Heather McDonald - a non-believing American conservative - blasts her Christian conservative colleagues:Upon leaving office in November 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft thanked his staff for keeping the country safe since 9/11. But the real credit, he added, belonged to God. Ultimately, it was God’s solicitude for America that had prevented another attack on the homeland...Many conservatives hear such statements with a soothing sense of approbation. But others—count me among them—feel bewilderment, among much else. If God deserves thanks for fending off assaults on the United States after 9/11, why is he not also responsible for allowing the 2001 hijackings to happen in the first place?
After Evolution Evangelicals are now switching targets to gravity with the new "Intelligent Falling" theory.
Intelligent Falling...teach the controversy!
"Proponents of Intelligent Falling assert that the different theories used by secular physicists to explain gravity are not internally consistent. Even critics of Intelligent Falling admit that Einstein's ideas about gravity are mathematically irreconcilable with quantum mechanics. This fact, Intelligent Falling proponents say, proves that gravity is a theory in crisis."
The Sociology of anti-MMR campaigners
MMR has divided parents in their attitudes to vaccinations, but can you predict who is most likely to side with the "you can't trust scientists" brigade?
"It's not surprising at all that parents prone to antivaccination beliefs have family histories of illness or an interest in alternative medicine such as homeopathy, as much of "alternative medicine" is hostile to vaccination."