Social Science Denialism: Global Warming Is About More Than Climate

Both sides in the debate over global warming are known for calling their opposition all kinds of derisive names.  Perhaps the worst is “denier” to describe those who allegedly deny that global warming is “real.”  The echoes of Holocaust denial are indeed offensive, particularly because the debate over global warming often conflates science with social … Continued

Steven Pinker: 3 Reasons Why Free Speech Matters

The following is the prepared version of Professor Steven Pinker’s remarks at the 15th Anniversary Dinner for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, delivered in New York, on Oct. 23, 2014. A few years ago I wrote a chapter on taboo language which began, “It’s no coincidence that freedom of speech is enshrined in the … Continued

Ron Paul Isn’t a Truther–It’s Worse.

Rare has a new piece rationalizing Ron Paul’s recent comments suggesting he had gone over to 9/11 Trutherism. It recounts Paul’s many denials of his belief in the “inside job” conspiracy theory, and, for good measure, provides another one direct from Paul himself. In an email to Rare, Paul said: “I have never changed my position on 9/11, and I do … Continued

Guest Post: Don’t Be Guilted–It’s Okay Not to Breastfeed

The following is a guest post by Kylie Hawn, a writer, mother, and purveyor of words. She can be reached via email here. There are some areas, at least politically speaking, where I don’t think my personal beliefs align with libertarians, but there is one area where they surely do: the right to choose formula or breastfeeding. In … Continued

Quote Files: John Adams on Innocence, Guilt, and Punishment

“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or … Continued

Do you “believe” evolution? You should.

be·lief – biˈlēf/ – noun 1. an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists; something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction. There’s a popular meme among promoters of evolution that gets on my nerves, both as a matter of strategy and as a matter of fact. It’s a kind of … Continued

CBS Los Angeles Copies Creationist Talking Points

A CBS affiliate in Los Angeles appears to have copied substantial portions of an article about a creationist’s lawsuit against California State University, Northridge. Sentences and entire paragraphs seem to have been lifted directly from a press release of the Pacific Justice Institute, the conservative legal foundation that filed the lawsuit. The case concerns the termination of Mark Armitage, … Continued

Myths, Lies, and Other Nonsense About MH17: Conspiracy Roundup

Absolutely nobody should be surprised that conspiracy theories and bad reporting regarding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 tragedy sprang up almost as soon as the plane went down. And with complicated international politics at play, the conspiracies, misinformation and hoaxes came fast and furious. At this point, the most widely accepted theory is that Russian … Continued

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