Archive for November, 2003

Minnesota & Evolution

Op-Ed arguing for equal time for criticisms of Darwinism in the Minnesota Star Tribune in the context of public secondary education. Here are the authors: “Chris L. Thomas is a research scientist in the Twin Cities; Seth L. Cooper is a lawyer with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.” The top “related site” […]

Evangelical colleges

The LA Times has an article up about Christian colleges. First, they state the following: The median SATs of incoming freshmen have climbed from 1030 in 1995 to 1113 last year, mirroring a trend of rising qualifications at evangelical institutions The SATs were recentered in 1995, so I’m not sure what this means. Look at […]

Intelligent Design and the scientists

Here are the educational qualifications of people associated with the Intelligent Design think-tank Access Research Network. ARN board of directors: Dennis Wagner – (?)Mike Hartwing – Ph.D. Educational PsychologySteve Meyer – Ph. D. History and Philosophy of SciencePaul Nelson – Ph.D in the Philosophy of Science ARN Staff: Dennis Wagner – (?)Nancy Pearcey – graduate […]

Don’t diss the dingo?

Earlier this week I implied that the Dingo caused the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger on the Australian mainland. New research asserts that the issue is more complex than that, and the native Australian Aboriginals might have had a more involved role. Concomitantly with the arrival of the Dingo 4,500 years ago their culture adapted […]

God & the scientists

Chapter of the book, For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery, deals with science and religion. The subject of the religious faith of scientists comes up, and here is some data I gathered. The first table is the from the book, while the second two […]

Shulevitz on Human Accomplishment

Judith Shulevitz reviews Human Accomplishment. Shulevitz seems to find amusement in Murray’s confirmation of his list at “face value,” that it does tend to correlate well with that we’d have expected. The thing I liked about Murray’s list and method is that people might argue qualitatively that for instance the German contribution to the arts […]

The Poverty of Nations

To conclude my series of posts on international comparisons of IQ (no more, I promise!), I want to look at levels of economic development as measured by GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per head. While this cannot be a perfect indicator (such a thing does not exist), it is probably the best we have. Data on […]

I know The New Republic has fact checkers, but….

There is an article over at The New Republic (subscribers only-like 90% of their good stuff now!) about the Muslims of Suriname. I clicked and was thinking about purchasing it when I noticed this: “And while Islam is the majority faith….”. From what I recall, Islam isn’t the majority faith, and neither is it the […]


Via Conrad: West Bank – Rofayda Qaoud – raped by her brothers and impregnated – refused to commit suicide, her mother recalls, even after she bought the unwed teenager a razor with which to slit her wrists. So Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud says she did what she believes any good Palestinian parent would: restored her […]

Homos in Georgia

Seems like the our family tree keeps on getting bushier. They just found some ancient pre-sapien Homos in the Republic of Georgia. Being skull & bones science, they aren’t sure if it’s Homo erectus (the favorite), Homo habilis (an older form) or something else entirely. The importance of the find is that it dates from […]

Indo-European farmers

Both Dienekes and Abiola pointed to this release in Nature suggesting that the Indo-Europeans were Anatolian farmers (see my links to recent papers on demic diffusion). Here is the abstract of the paper. I am prone to believing the rigor of evolutionary biolgoists, though molecular clock controversies make me cautious, I assume that the authors […]

Best wishes

Happy holidays! Hope everyone enjoys hanging out with their family ;) Posted by razib at 03:52 AM

Look the Yehudi – Lord on High – Part III

In my previous posts I introduced the use of Jews in 19th century Europe as an analogy for the assimilation of Muslims in the United States, and conversely the problems with any attempts to do this in Europe[1]. Basically, the Reform Jewish movement, and the secularization and "Christianization" (to some extent belief system and a […]

S.J. Gould of physics….(?)

While I’m attacking S.J. Gould (so easy), I have a question for readers. Physicist Brian Greene wrote The Elegant Universe, just did a documentary of the same name for PBS and has been written up in Scientific American recently. I’ve read the book and watched the documentary and found it entertaining. Nevertheless, the whole idea […]

Polygamy in Indonesia

In The Washington Post there is an article on the revival of public polygamy in Indonesia. A few things to note: The Western observers who extoll the liberal pluralism of Indonesian Islam need to realize that this version of Islam, tolerant, relaxed and almost syncretic is giving way to a more “orthodox” form that looks […]

Ahistorical evolution

Missed this story, An apparent order to evolution slowly emerges: New evidence seems to show that evolution repeats itself and is not as random as first thought, in The New York Times a few weeks ago (I got this from the Taipei Times). Funny thing, the central crux of the article seems to be showing […]

Look to the Yehudi – Part II

I don’t have much time now, so I am going to offer that I will elaborate on this much more in future posts. I started this series last week with a general sketch of my thesis: that Reform Judaism in 19th century Europe after emancipation offers a good model for a Muslim compromise with modernity. […]

Iranians aren’t Arabs….

One thing that many Americans (and Germans too as well[1]) find confusing is that Iran is not an Arab country. Mainstream publications have had to offer corrections for decades after mistakenly including Iran in a list of Arab nations or terming it an Arab nation. Here is the ethnic break-down in Iran: Persian 51%, Azeri […]

Who won the culture wars again?

Forget gay marriage for a moment and note something that is a less concrete, but still powerful, indicator of the tides of culture: “Squeaky clean” Jessica Simpson, whose father is a Baptist youth minister, and was a virgin until she got married, on the cover of Rolling Stone…. Her father notes that now that she’s […]


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