Taking Notes from the Creationist Playbook

I’ve been continuing to follow the the unfolding saga about the descent of Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying and the Dark Horse Podcast down the conspiracist rabbit hole and I noticed something. The more I listen to Bret and Heather, the more they remind me of creationists. Now for two evolutionary biologists being likened to creationists […]

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Critical Race Theory Isn’t What You Think It Is

Lots of people are discussing the growing influence of “Critical Race Theory” into schools and society as a whole. But what does that even mean? A decade ago, Critical Race Theory had a well established meaning. It was a rather niche field of academic study focused in the law spearheaded by (among others) Derrick Bell […]

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On The alleged crackpottery of Bret Weinstein

Years ago, I watched with dismay as Dr. Bret Weinstein, a professor at Evergreen State College, was chased out of his tenured position by a student led mob calling him a racist and making demands of the administration. He — and unavoidably by proxy his wife, Dr. Heather Heying — became the the prototypical victims […]

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Who gets credit for ideas?

Earlier today, I attended a virtual memorial service, streamed on YouTube. These have become more common in the age of COVID when we can’t be together in person. The image on the screen was a minuscule group of family gathered together outdoors, wearing mask, with a Rabbi standing behind a microphone. Despite the health-and-safety mandated […]

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Defining Atheism

There’s a nice new, short and to the point, video from Venaloid looking at the definitions of atheism and theism. Language often breaks down when discussing sensitive topics, in particular because the way we use words in conversation can drift over time and between groups. So a word may not mean quite the same thing […]

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