Often we publish a piece of recent science news with a brief note of how it may relate to something interesting in our lives. This Friday I received sort of the opposite thing. It was an offer from National Geographic magazine to buy a new book called, Glimpsing Heaven by Judy Bachrach. It claims to present "the stories and science of life after death!" It made me wonder if, instead of a cruise to the Galapagos, Nat Geo might start offering seances. 

Several years ago Nat Geo published an article about a very expensive fossil from China - it was a fabulous and remarkable find. Later careful analysis showed that this specimen had been fabricated by putting together bits of a few specimens of different ages from unrelated organisms. 

So, a simple lesson: a source that seems scientific may not be, if it does not have peer-review of the material it releases.

BTW: the book mentioned above might be excellent to keep in the bathroom - just in case you run out of the sort of paper that usually comes in rolls.


On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the Texas State Board of Education held a public hearing regarding the adoption of Social Studies textbooks written by major publishers. Unfortunately, these textbooks were riddled with historical errors and contained many biased opinions and misleading information. The Texas Freedom Network released a comprehensive report detailing all of these inaccuracies. Many attended the hearing to testify on the behalf of reason and equality. Below is a summary of the happenings. Thank you to @TFN, @ZackKopplin, @Librotraficante, @laurabeth57, @AlliedStylesTK, @stereochele, and @michelru for giving us permission to use your tweets for the Storify. Thank you again to all those that testified and to TFN for the robust campaign. If you think common sense should be the norm, please join us for the Texas Secular Convention. We are always looking for volunteers and early bird registration is still open!



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