Monday, January 04, 2010


Counting Down

Lauri Lebo, who did yeoman's ... err ... yeoperson's ... work reporting on the Dover ID dustup and wrote an acclaimed book about it, The Devil in Dover, has compiled a "Top Ten Religion & Science Stories of 2009" list at Religion Dispatches. A quick summary:

10. The British Council's choice of a conservative Islamic country, Egypt, in which to hold its conference entitled "Darwin's Living Legacy."

9. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claimed that, when people think of God, the particular neural pathways activated are the same as are used for empathy and understanding of others.

8. President Obama issued an executive order approving the use of new stem-cell lines in research.

7. Francis Collins, an evangelical Christian, was appointed director of the National Institutes of Health to the dismay of some scientists and many atheists.

6. Climategate and the supposed split among evangelicals about hoe to react to climate change.

5. Ardi and ID denialism.

4. Ida and the exploitation of the excessive hype to cast doubt on science.

3. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's decision to boycott Louisiana due to the state's misnamed Science Education Act.

2. The accommodation/incompatibility blog wars (with mention of John Wilkins and PZ Myers).

1. The assault on science in Texas public schools by the State Board of Education's creationist wing.

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