Science Essentials is Gone

For the last few weeks I have been privately following the extended demise of the ICR’s K-12 “educational” blog, Science Essentials. The TL;DR of this post is that science-essentials.org now redirects to a page on the main ICR website, but there is more to the story than that. Continue reading

Acts & Facts – July 2012

July is an important month for Americans. It celebrates the date on which that nation’s Founding Fathers had the prescience to ensure that, on the day 236 years later that the discovery of the Higgs Boson was announced (more or less), there would be the necessary pretext for extravagant fireworks displays across the continent.

Like many creationists, the ICR felt the need to hitch up to that Bandwagon of Wisdom and try to claim that their founding fathers believed what they do now, as if it were Franklin’s fault he lived all those decades before Darwin. That, then, was the primary message of this months Acts & Facts, the Institute for Creation Research’s monthly satirical newsletter. A pdf of this edition is avaliable on their website at this link, while links to the articles were available here until a few hours ago but are also given below. Continue reading

That Goddamn Particle

If you find yourself engaged in a drinking game involving sightings of the phrase ‘god particle,’ or are just generally incensed by its use, stop reading now.

The Higgs boson has been found. Probably. At this point adding further nines to the 99.999…% certainty value just looks like showing off, so saying with certainty that it exists looks like a fairly safe bet here in the post-July 4th world.

The ICR’s facebook page directs us to an article by Larry Vardiman in the March Acts & Facts, which I didn’t cover: Did the ‘God Particle’ Create Matter? It’s a classic case of taking things far too literally, in this case the boson’s famous, overused “theistic nickname.” They also warn of an impending up-to-date article on the discovery, but that isn’t out yet. Continue reading