Author Archive: Dan Klarmann

A convoluted mind behind a curly face. A regular traveler, a science buff, and first generation American. Graying of hair, yet still verdant of mind. Lives in South St. Louis City. See his personal website for (too much) more.

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Teaching Evolution, the Battle for Florida

December 8, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Teaching Evolution, the Battle for Florida

Now Florida has joined the Creationism debate. In brief: Florida’s public-school students for years have been studying “biological changes over time,” but proposed revisions in state science standards would for the first time use another term for that concept: evolution. Let the games begin. Letter writers are up in arms about letting this evil word […]

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Christians against Santa

December 6, 2007 | By | Reply More
Christians against Santa

Today (Dec. 6th) is St. Nicholas Day. Saint Nick is the cultural ancestor of Santa Claus (via Sinter Klaas in the Dutch tradition). Nicholas was a 4th century bishop of Myra (now in Turkey), and became the patron Saint of Russia, and of children. He had a fondness for the three daughters of a local […]

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Texas Education Agency Science Expert Fired for Indirectly dissing Intelligent Design

November 30, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Texas Education Agency Science Expert Fired for Indirectly dissing Intelligent Design

In brief: Chris Comer, director of science curriculum, was pushed out after she sent an e-mail promoting a local talk by the author of “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design“. Comer merely sent a notice about the talk as an “FYI.” The School board tried to claim that she was dismissed (after 9 […]

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The Making of the Fittest

November 29, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
The Making of the Fittest

I’ve just read a good book about genetics. The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll. There is much food for thought in this book. One reviewer called it “A Primer of Evolutionary Theory for Beginners”, and this is accurate. One doesn’t need to know chemistry […]

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Is America a Christian Nation?

November 28, 2007 | By | 15 Replies More
Is America a Christian Nation?

Any fundamentalist will tell you that our nation was founded as a Christian nation by Christians and for Christians. Their carefully crafted surveys show that a massive majority of Americans say that they are Christian, and therefore approve the fundamentalist platform. Let’s look at some of their potent evidence. I pulled this fact from a […]

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In God We Trust

November 25, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
In God We Trust

Four familiar words. Four words not even found in this form in the bible, at that. Why should we even pay attention to this ancient and revered phrase? Actually, it dates back to a Christian political activist in the 19th century pushing the treasury to make sure that future archaeologists (on finding no evidence of […]

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Should Demonstrably Intentional Internet Disinformation be Criminalized?

November 19, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Should Demonstrably Intentional Internet Disinformation be Criminalized?

Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit harsh. But I found some videos on YouTube purporting to show simple homemade tricks for getting power from essentially nothing. The culprit calls himself HouseholdHacker These are very slickly directed and composed, very amateur-looking videos, full of straight-faced monologue and how-to demonstrations, illustrating nothing real. Sure, the videos seem […]

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Internet Aimlessness Can Lead to Odd Treasures

November 19, 2007 | By | Reply More
Internet Aimlessness Can Lead to Odd Treasures

One of my favorite current cartoonists is Brooke McEldowney. I discovered his work online a few years ago in the form of “A Fairy Merry Christmas”. In the interest of copyright non-violation, I’ll leave it to youse to Google up your own excerpts. This cartoon series was an NEA sponsored 6 week series. Finally, a […]

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Scientist Retracts "Origin of Life" Paper that he Wrote 52 Years Ago

October 30, 2007 | By | Reply More
Scientist Retracts "Origin of Life" Paper that he Wrote 52 Years Ago

Why would a scientist pull a paper that he had out there for over 50 years? Because he is embarrassed that Creationists are eagerly citing parts of it as proof that life cannot have arisen spontaneously. Here’s the story. That is not because he objects to religion, he said… “Religion is O.K. as long as […]

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