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Biologists helping bookstores, porn for bibles and other cullings from the Internet
August 3, 2007, 5:47 am
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Biologists Helping Bookstores blog

EXCERPT: “What’s all this about then? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but some bookstores seem to have a little problem discerning science from non-science. I’m specifically talking about biology books vs. creationist books. Sometimes, you will find psuedo-scientific rubbish such as “intelligent design” books next to such authors as Darwin, Mayr, Gould, et al.”

“Now, before you get all worked-up and charge into your local bookstore demanding to see the manager, pause to realise just how successful creationism has been in blurring the lines of what science actually is in the public’s eye. So successful, in fact, that books whose main argument is that “God did it” enjoy shelf-space with some of the finest minds ever to grace humanity.”

“This is unacceptable, and something must be done. Booksellers are not scientists, maybe we shouldn’t expect them to be able to discern between science and books desperately trying to wrap themselves in scientific credibility. I, however, am a scientist – and I can clearly see when an error has been made when stocking the shelves of the science section.”

It is my mission to correctly re-shelve books to the appropriate section of the bookstore. For example, “Darwin’s Black Box”, the famous psuedo-science book by the non-evolutionary non-scientist Michael Behe, should not be in the “Evolutionary Biology” section, but something more appropriate, such as “New Age”, “Religion”, “Christianity”, or even “Fiction”. You get the idea. I call on all readers of this blog to follow my example. Help your local bookstore correctly stock their science section. Spread the word.”

Silent Star Wars (YouTube)

The Great Happiness Space documentary (Google Video)

YouDeparted lets you leave videos, send letters, give specific instructions after your death (Florida Times-Union)

Help the Electronic Frontier Foundation examine once-secret FBI documents

All 1138 pages of the FOIA request response on the misuse of National Security Letters to collect Americans’ private information available for download

Instructables

Defiant Gardens (Space and Culture blog and Pruned blog)

EXCERPT: “Defiant gardens are gardens created during times of extreme crisis, built behind the trenches of World War I, on both sides of the Western Front; in Jewish ghettos and Nazi concentration camps during World War II; in POW and civilian internment camps of both wars, tended to by prisoners and their captors; in internment camps for Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II; in garrisons, depots and battalion headquarters; in refugee camps; on the hollowed out concavities left behind by the Blitz. They are “short-lived, their marks on the land quickly obliterated.”

NewsMania quiz from Newseum.org – updated frequently

50 Bullsh*t Jobs (CNN)

Soft Drinks for the Indecisive in Singapore: Anything and Whatever

Cinema Europe: the complete series (MysteryManOnFilm blog)

A History of the Car Bomb, beginning with the Wall Street bomb of 1920 (GlobalResearch.ca)

50 best websites of 2007 (according to TIME)

Sappy feel-good Make-A-Wish story about a kid who gets to be president for a day (Wish.org)

Students trade bibles for porn (Xbiz)

EXCERPT: “A group of atheists at the University of Texas at San Antonio is putting a novel twist on the toys-for-guns programs run by many urban police departments. But instead of toys, they are handing out porn in exchange for bibles. “We consider the bible to be a very negative force in the history of the world,” student Ryan Walker said. Walker is part of a student group that calls itself the Atheist Agenda.”

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Thanks to the link to instructables.com, WOWMACHINE radio has 52 songs from “Home Movies” added!

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