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A Trip to the Smithsonian, Part 1: Under the Sea

In Miscellaneous on May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

It’s been a while. I apologize to anyone who may have been looking forward to a new post recently. I’ve been extremely busy this semester with classes and the organizations I’m a part of, and I haven’t had much of a chance to write anything out recently. For those of you looking for more Conservapedia bashing, I am working on a post on their “Counterexamples to an Old Earth” page, and will hopefully have it out fairly soon. In the meantime, though, I figured I’d share something a bit more relaxed with you. A little over a month ago, I went with my family to Washington, D.C., and got a chance to spend some time at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I loved it. I spent a full day and a half exploring the place, especially the area on human evolutionary history. What can I say, I’m a nerd! Anyway, I came back with plenty of pictures to share with the interwebs. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome To Reality

In Miscellaneous on October 14, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hello. By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of Conservapedia, the conservative version of Wikipedia. In case you’ve somehow missed this though, I suppose I’ll fill you in.

Conservapedia was founded by attorney and home-school teacher Andrew Schlafly. It is intended to be a “conservative, family-friendly Wiki encyclopedia” (http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservapedia). Supposedly, Schlafly realized that Wikipedia contained liberal and anti-Christian biases when a student in his home schooling program turned in a paper with the markings “BCE” and “CE”, as opposed to “BC” and “AD” (despite the fact that this new system of denominating eras was agreed upon by historians in an attempt to remove bias against non-Christians, and was not invented by Wikipedia). Since its founding, it has become a haven for inaccurate information, birthers, young-earthers, geocentrists, and ad hominem attacks against everything that isn’t conservative and Christian, among other things. It has also inspired a slew of “reality has a liberal bias” jokes, which, in light of much of the information on Conservapedia, are funny because, well, they’re true. And to be honest, I sometimes have a hard time believing that Conservapedia isn’t just a very well disguised and extremely detailed piece of satire. Oh, if only. Read the rest of this entry »