Category Archives: Environment

The Queen of the Sciences solves the mystery of the dinosaurs’ demise

Medieval academics called theology (or alternatively philosophy) the “Queen of the Sciences” because they saw it as the capstone of all higher learning. Carl Friedrich Gauss used this term to describe Mathematics. I would reserve this term for Paleontology for … Continue reading

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Defining normal

Two interesting articles in the 6 February 2013 of the New York Times raise the question of how we categorize people according to their position on the spectrum of human variation. First, in The Stone series, philosopher Gary Gutting talks … Continue reading

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Teaching the “controversies”

Today’s NYT has an article about a new-ish strategy used by creationists in their efforts to influence the teaching of science in schools. According to the article, a bill in the Kentucky legislature would require schools to teach “the advantages … Continue reading

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