July 15th, 2010


sour grapes and other botanicals from pharyngula

The Institute for Creation Research relocated to Texas some years back, and fought to get the approval to award graduate degrees. Texas, to its credit, said no [California, to its shame, said yes (for the most part (and now the CA state body that provided such approval doesn't even exist))]. The ICR sued Texas, and lost.
But having lost its fight to get approval and accreditation, the ICR has changed its tune:

Due to the nature of ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics—a predominantly religious education school—it is exempt from licensing by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Likewise, ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics is legally exempt from being required to be accredited by any secular or ecumenical or other type of accrediting association.

That's plenty of spin, but what it amounts to is, "I bet that approval is sour anyway. Besides, because this isn't a real degree, we don't need accreditation."

And now, Alonsoa unilabiata, or the mask flower, or Cthulhu in a fetching pink bonnet:

Old Maps of Science Fiction

via Improbable Research...
New Maps of Science Fiction (1977)

"Before we could analyze the 27 x 130 = 3,510 bytes of data generated by these questions, we had to punch the questionnaire responses onto IBM cards and feed them to a computer."

The researchers queried 130 fen about authors and generated interesting data like:

But it's also interesting to get a reading on fen circa 1977 with their favorite authors:

1. Isaac Asimov
2. Arthur C. Clarke
3. Robert A. Heinlein
4. Larry Niven
5. Poul Anderson
6. Theodore Sturgeon
7. Roger Zelazny
8. Fritz Leiber
9. J. R. R. Tolkien
10. Ursula K. LeGuin
11. Robert Silverberg
12. Clifford D. Simak
13. Jack Vance
14. Harlan Ellison
15. Frank Herbert
16. John Brunner
17. Philip Jose Farmer
18. Anne McCaffrey
19. Samuel R. Delany
20. Gordon R. Dickson
21. Philip K. Dick
22. H.G. Wells
23. R. A. Lafferty
24. John W. Campbell
25. Jules Verne
26. Edgar R. Burroughs
27. H. P. Lovecraft