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They Got Charles Darwin Trapped Out There on Highway Five

I’ve got two longer posts brewing today: I’m sick and probably won’t stir from the sofa any more than is necessary, so I might as well get some writing done. In the meantime, I’ve got some random links and news items to share.

  • The Louisiana Senate Education Committee voted to shelve a bill that would repeal their current anti-evolution law. A lot of people testified in favor of science education, including high school student Zack Kopplin, who led the efforts behind the repeal movement. There is still hope of repeal, and personally I would rather see repeal than a court challenge (which almost certainly would show the law unconstitutional, based on the precedents across the country over the last 40-some years).
  • It’s hard to admit you’re wrong. This is true whatever you do, but when you wrote or said something in a public forum, admission you screwed up is extra difficult. A model of how to admit you’re wrong is this excellent post by SciCurious. Short message: it’s OK to be wrong, as long as you are mature enough to admit it and fix the record.
  • The conversation about journalism and public science education has continued. Check out the updated Storify account. (Thanks to Adrian Ebsary for the link.)
  • Bob Dylan turned 70 this week, so in his honor, here’s a rare song of his that I can get away with quoting more or less in context:

They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five
Judge says to the High Sheriff,
“I want him dead or alive
Either one, I don’t care”
High water everywhere

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