Flying Spaghetti Monster

A response to the Christian Fundamentalists’ push to bring “Intelligent Design” into the science curriculum of American schools…

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“An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It’s even wackier than Jonathan Swift’s suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old “out-of-work physics major,” puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny.
— Scientific American

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Illiteracy of the Media…

Listening to CBC Radio’s “The Current” this morning, I learned of these two websites: PR Watch and Source Watch. New York Times writer Andrew Revkin, author of “The North Pole Was Here”, was underlining the fact that the media is scientifically illiterate, and often generally illiterate about other things that they report on. Definitely not “new news”, but very refreshing to hear it being discussed by the media! You can listen to this story by clicking on the Current link above and scrolling down to the “Listen to The Current: Part 2” link on the CBC page.

CBC — Canada’s public broadcasting company — is definitely one of my favourite things!

Snowflakes!

This is the coolest web site about snow…it has everything from amazing photographs of snowflakes to information about snowflake physics. Created by created by Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Physics Department at Caltech, it is an exciting site for children and adults!

Update February 8th, 2007: Dr. Libbrecht was a guest on Martha Stewart Show today. On the Martha Stewart web site, along with a quick “Snowflakes 101 Lesson”, he gives instructions on how to preserve your own snowflakes!