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October 1, 2009

Spending the Public's Money: It's a Tough Job

Seeking relief from the demands of geschaeft, The Washington Times reported recently, senior officials at the National Science Foundation routinely spend a great deal of their time (and our money) visiting pornographic sites on the Internet.

Just possibly, I suspect, they spend all of their time on stress relief and none on the public's business, stress relief so striking as to cancel its cause entirely.

"The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive," the Times reported, "they swamped the agency's inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars."

These are points that might be kept in mind the next time senior members of the scientific establishment appear in public, their begging bowl clasped firmly in hand, and a suppliant froth just crusting on their lips.

They are points to keep in mind, as well, the next time the NSF issues some solemn and idiotic diktat about Darwin's theory of evolution and its enthusiastic endorsement by the scientific community.

A scientific mandarin may spend his time wandering around the Internet corridors of Sophie's House of Pleasure, or he may spend his time trying to think of something intelligent to say.

It is remarkably difficult to do both.

October 6, 2009

Lecture at King's College in New York

David Berlinski will discuss his book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions at King's College at noon on Friday, Oct. 23.

These events, free and open to the public, will take place in the City Room on the lower level of the Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York. Beginning at noon and concluding at 1:10 pm., these are "brown bag" events; audience members are welcome to bring lunches and enjoy them during the interviews.

For more information click here.

October 19, 2009

David Berlinski Interviewed by Greg Koukl

From Uncommon Descent:

David Berlinski Interviewed by Greg Koukl

Yesterday, David Berlinski was interviewed on KBRT radio by Greg Koukl of Stand To Reason. This is one of the best interviews with David I've ever heard. Greg is extremely sharp and articulate, and really knows his stuff concerning ID.

You can stream the MP3 here. The Berlinski interview begins at 1:52:05.

October 20, 2009

Watch David Berlinski on CBN News

David Berlinski appeared on CBN News today to discuss the impact of Darwinism and the new atheism, which you can watch online here:

Ever since Darwin's theory of evolution came out 150 years ago, there has been controversy over the issue -- and the critics remain to this day. Dr. David Berlinski is one of them. The mathematician and author is perhaps best known for his appearance in the movie Expelled about the controversy over intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.

October 22, 2009

Controversial New Collection Highlights Berlinski's Dismantling of the Facade of Scientific Overconfidence

DeniableDarwinCover.jpgWhat do Discover magazine, The London Gazette, The Wichita Eagle, Commentary, Forbes, The Weekly Standard and UC Berkeley's student paper, The Daily Californian, all have in common? They are just some of the publications that have published an essay or opinion piece by David Berlinski in the past 15 years. And those pieces are among 32 of Berlinski's finest finally collected together in one volume: The Deniable Darwin.

Berlinski, there is little argument, is a skeptic's skeptic -- the last of a dying breed. Lately it seems that everywhere one looks there is someone with the answer to everything. There are precious few true skeptics left, and Berlinski is certainly in the top rank in regards to the sciences.

When it comes to some of life's most profound questions --

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David Berlinski Takes The Devil's Delusion on the Road

David Berlinski is embarking on a speaking tour around the United States. For the most part he will be presenting his book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions as a lecture at various universities, conferences and other appearances. Here are the basic details with links to get more information, and there will be continued updates at

October 23 -- lecture at King's College, New York
October 25 -- Darwin's Dilemma screening, USC, Los Angeles
October 27 -- lecture and discussion, Beverly Hills Library, Beverly Hills
October 31 -- lecture at ID conference, Colorado Springs
November 3 -- lecture at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
November 4 -- lecture at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
November 5 -- lecture at University of Akron, Akron, Ohio