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Skepchick Quickies 3.14

It’s Pi Day! Go do some math and bake some pies, people.

Don’t forget to enter the Limerick Contest. Remember, you could win your very own personalized signature cocktail recipe.

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Amanda,

    Great lineup of skeptical news.

    However, a clarification for the Ben Stein Expelled item. The Discovery Institute did NOT pay people to attend the Imax Screening. They paid for the space, and invited legislators and members of the public to attend for free.

    I’m sure this was an unintentional error on your part. PZ’s article states: “They paid to have people attend for free…” with emphasis on the word paid, which does make it seem a bit ambiguous.

    I agree that the Discovery Institute are in the wrong here, with the whole idea of making Expelled, but even so, they deserve an accurate representation of their foibles.

    Not being able to fill half a theater for a free movie, to my mind, is still pretty indicative of the lack of interest on the part of the public.

  2. And still is, as far as I know. But only Christians.

    It is amusing that, despite all the claims about ID being non-sectarian and rational, only Christian schools are mentioned.

    Note that a key fact here was that the public was NOT invited to attend. This was a showing for Florida lawmakers exclusively, meant to lobby them into voting for the ridiculous “science teachers can tell students that there are no transitional fossils without fear of being called incompetent” bill.

  3. Rebecca,

    Thanks for the additional info. So, this one screening in Florida, nobody was paid to attend. But when the movie is in its main theatrical release, schools who turn in ticket stubs will get donations for the school. Huh. I’m curious to see if this will increase numbers or not.

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