This is another slow weekend for our kind of news. All we can find is this from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Forensic Anthropologists Find American Heads are Getting Larger. Here’s what it’s all about:
White Americans’ heads are getting bigger. That’s according to research by forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Lee Jantz, coordinator of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC); Richard Jantz, professor emeritus and former director of the FAC; and Joanne Devlin, adjunct assistant professor, examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed US skulls have become larger, taller, and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher.
The researchers cannot pinpoint a reason as to why American head shapes are changing and whether it is primarily due to evolution or lifestyle changes.
We can suggest a reason: American heads are about to explode from all the creationist nonsense they’ve been fed.
Other than that world-shaking news, there’s a great new post by Barbara Forrest: Speaking of not getting the memo: Philosopher Bradley Monton on the LA Science Education Act. It’s rather specialized, about one particular creationist who exposes the true reason for the Louisiana Science Education Act, but it’s the sort of thing that will be devastating evidence when that law gets challenged in court.
Here’s an excerpt (omitting numerous links) to encourage you to click over there to take a look:
DI [the Discovery Institute] specializes in dissembling. They deny that ID [intelligent design] is creationism, even though it has been exposed in the published scholarship and in federal court as merely the newest variant of old-fashioned creationism. (See also here.) They also deny that the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) has anything to do with ID, despite the fact that showing otherwise is very easy and that the LSEA’s legislative sponsor himself announced that the law was introduced precisely to permit teaching creationism. Nonetheless, we have a string of denials from DI.
As an extra bonus, there’s a link to your Curmudgeon’s blog buried deep within Forrest’s article. See if you can find it.
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