A creationist writes in: Eric Hedin resurfaces

This morning I got the following email, occasioned, I suppose, by the appearance of a new book by Eric Hedin published by the ID creationist outfit The Discovery Institute. The DI is promoting it heavily, as it’s not selling very well; and I haven’t mentioned it, although one of its main topics is the alliance … Continue reading A creationist writes in: Eric Hedin resurfaces

Eric Hedin beefs about being “canceled” at Ball State by the FFRF and me, but forgives me, showing a cat leading me to Jesus!

You’d have to be a long-time reader of this site to remember the story of my interaction with Eric Hedin, a physicist at Ball State University (a public college) in Muncie, Indiana. It’s recounted in many posts here going back 2013 (see here and here, for instance). In short, Hedin, a deeply religious Christian, couldn’t … Continue reading Eric Hedin beefs about being “canceled” at Ball State by the FFRF and me, but forgives me, showing a cat leading me to Jesus!

Eric Hedin is back, now asserting that there is zero chance that life originated through natural processes, so God must have been responsible

I’ve tried to avoid writing about this, as Intelligent Design advocates really love getting publicity from me, and I’m tired of the muddleheaded lucubrations of Discovery Institute flacks like Michael Egnor and David Klinghoffer. But I have to call attention once again to Eric Hedin, ID advocate and former professor of physics at Ball State … Continue reading Eric Hedin is back, now asserting that there is zero chance that life originated through natural processes, so God must have been responsible

The marvelous beaver

This is a wonderful ten-minute BBC Earth summary of the life of the beaver, narrated by David Attenborough. There are two species of this rodent: the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) and the Eurasian beaver (C. fiber). This is about the North American beaver, as European beavers are very rare, and almost went extinct. One of the best … Continue reading The marvelous beaver

Eric Hedin, prohibited from teaching intelligent design at Ball State, retires and moves to a Christian university

About five years ago (can it have been that long?), I wrote a bunch of posts about Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Ball State University (BSU) who was an advocate of intelligent design. My beef with the guy was that his honors course, “The Boundaries of Science”, included a lot … Continue reading Eric Hedin, prohibited from teaching intelligent design at Ball State, retires and moves to a Christian university

Tweeticle: College student who wouldn’t try on hijab demonized, hijabis call for her expulsion

February 1 was World Hijab Day, devoted to furthering Islam by letting non-Muslims engage in sartorial cultural appropriation (see my post here). One of the pretenses made by some hijabis is that they find this garment of oppression “empowering” (see below). But here’s a case in which a hijabi was “empowered” to bully a non-Muslim … Continue reading Tweeticle: College student who wouldn’t try on hijab demonized, hijabis call for her expulsion

ID advocate Eric Hedin gets tenure at Ball State

You may remember Eric Hedin, the Ball State University physics professor who, as I discovered in 2013, was teaching Intelligent Design (ID) in a student seminar. Since Ball State is a state university, that was a violation of the First Amendment, which, as the Supreme Court has ruled, prohibits teaching creationism in public (government) schools, … Continue reading ID advocate Eric Hedin gets tenure at Ball State

Why doesn’t “free speech” allow the teaching of creationism in public schools?

I guess I’ve given the answer to the title question before, but not explicitly. Adam Laats has raised it in a new post on his website I love you but you’re going to hell: Awkward Conversations about school and society.  The relevant post is “Does Jerry Coyne support creationism?” Laats describes himself as “an historian … Continue reading Why doesn’t “free speech” allow the teaching of creationism in public schools?

Damn! I didn’t win Censor of the Year again

Three years ago the “Center for Science and Culture”(CSC) of the creationist no-think tank Discovery Institute (DI) named me “Censor of the Year,” an award they now confer every Darwin Day, but which started with me. And I was so happy to get it! The reason for my award? I helped stop the teaching of Intelligent … Continue reading Damn! I didn’t win Censor of the Year again