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Science vs Science: a rebuttal to Saletan

A response to "Liberal Creationism." - By Stephen Metcalf - Slate Magazine

We linked Saletan's article previously.

Saletan's analogy implies that the conflict over race, intelligence, and genetics is a conflict between science and superstition. It's not; it's a conflict between science and science. Worse, even when Saletan shades his rhetoric carefully, the reader is left with the impression that science—hard, empirical disinterested science—is trending to a hereditarian explanation for the IQ gap, and that bad or weak science—really a kind of wishful, mushy, quasi-superstitious scientism—is on the side of an environmental or cultural explanation. If you explore the subject in any depth, or even just click through to some of Saletan's own links, you find the opposite is closer to the truth.

In a semi-retraction, labeled "Regrets," Saletan writes, "The thing that has upset me most concerns a co-author of one of the articles I cited," and goes on to describe how that author is pretty clearly a white supremacist. This Clintonian admission is technically true—Saletan did cite the work of J. Philippe Rushton, and and some may consider Rushton, based on his comments and connections, to be a dyed-in-the-wool, old-fashioned racist. Rushton is not the author of "one of the articles" Saletan cited. Rushton is the author of the article from which Saletan draws almost all of his ammunition. Rushton's paper, co-authored with Arthur Jensen, "Thirty Years of Research Into Race Differences on Cognitive Abilities," is a meta-analysis, a purportedly even-handed review of all the relevant research on race and intelligence. The majority of Saletan's facts come to a reader, therefore, not secondhand, but third-hand, and via the prism of two highly biased researchers.

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'Green Hanukkia' campaign sparks ire

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Florida schools randomly testing students for prescription drug abuse

Bay area schools randomly drug testing students - Local & State News - Tampa Bay's 10 - tampabays10.com

Tampa, Florida - U.S. Drug Czar John Walters is in Tampa touting local programs aimed at stopping students from using and abusing prescription drugs.

Walters is the National Director of Drugs Control Policy. He says many teens and young people believe prescription pills are not as dangerous as street drugs.

Tampa Catholic High School has already begun random drug testing. They test a few students every 2 weeks.

In Florida, 1 out of every 8 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 report abusing prescription drugs in the past year. Drug related deaths for both oxycodone and hydrocodone in Florida exceed those for heroin.

After this little girl heals up, I say we give her 14 shots at this fucker.

via | Detroit News | Girl, 7, shot 6 times...

1898 Obscene Language Baseball Document – Not For Kids!

** Thanks, Jack!! ** Robert Edward Auctions | Can we...

December 03, 2007

L.E. in the D.: Where's the $17.18, motherfucker?!

Okay, Eastpointe is the former East Detroit, but still. via...

Brad Pitt commissioning new designs for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt - New Orleans - Architecture - New York Times

The project, called Make It Right, calls for building 150 affordable, environmentally sound houses over the next two years. In a telephone interview from New Orleans, where he plans to present the designs today, Mr. Pitt said the residents of the neighborhood had been homeless long enough. “They’re coming up on their third Christmas,” he said.

Mr. Pitt said he had been attached to New Orleans for more than a decade. “I’ve always had a fondness for this place — it’s like no other,” he said. “Seeing the frustration firsthand made me want to return the kindness this city has shown me.”

Rather than bemoan the slow pace of redevelopment in the Ninth Ward, Mr. Pitt said he decided to address the problem directly by teaming with William McDonough, the green design expert; Graft, a Los Angeles architecture firm; and Cherokee, an investment firm based in Raleigh, N.C., that specializes in sustainable redevelopment. John Williams of New Orleans is the executive architect for the project.

December 02, 2007

Warren Ellis on the state of planet earth

SuicideGirls > News > Culture > The Sunday Hangover with Warren Ellis

A California fisherman pleads guilty in court to stabbing a sea lion through the heart with a steak knife because it tried to steal his bait. Around the same time, 18-year-old Emily Sander disappears from a Kansas college, probably in the company of a 24-year-old man and his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend. Her corpse is found in the tall grass off Highway 54 a few days later, by which time it's been revealed that Sander was also an internet nude model using the name "Zoey Zane." Somewhere nearby, there's a motel room full of blood. Her ex-boyfriend -- who dumped her when she started doing the topless stuff -- said of her, "She wanted to choreograph music videos. That is the only reason she did the Internet thing -- to get a little exposure."

There's a hole in the universe a billion light years across, called the Cold Spot. According to theoretical physicist-cosmologist Professor Dr Laura Mersini-Houghton, the hideous gaping void from beyond space lurking in the constellation Eridanus is "the unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own."