http://www.ted.com Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.… Continue
When the Catholic Church in Korea tries to cure a disease, the treatment has unexpected consequences: vampires – of a sort. Unconventional, uncomfortable, shocking, hysterical, and fantastically entertaining, Thirst (Bakjwi) made me squirm with stomach-turning delight.
Unsatisfied with his life, Father Sang-hyeon (Kang-ho Song) agrees to volunteer for a life-threatening medical experiment. The experiment goes as planned but the treatments have a serious side effect for Father… Continue
This photo is a very rare one, taken by NASA. This kind of event occurs once in 3000 years.
This photo has done miracles in many lives.
Make a wish ... you have looked at the eye of God. Surely you will see the changes in your life…Continue
It would be unfair to paint all of religion and its followers on the actions of an individual. It is also unfair for religion to wash their hands of every religious person as soon as they do something illegal and/or immoral by claiming they were "not really a Christian". At the very least, the type of gullibility that religion needs to thrive and actively encourages by claiming faith a virtue and doubt an evil leads to people like Alan Bushey and Tammy Lewis committing… Continue
"First God made heaven & earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was…Continue
Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far worse.
But is it really?
Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything possible, and impossible.… Continue
A seven year-old boy led officers on a car chase in an effort to avoid going to church.
Witnesses reported a child driving recklessly Sunday morning. Two officers caught up with the boy and tried unsuccessfully to stop the Dodge Trepid. The car reach 40mph before stopping in a driveway, with child fleeing inside the home.
When confronted, the boy said he didn't want to go to church reports the Associated Press.…
I must once again thank Hemant Mehta over at The Friendly Atheist for calling this to attention. If you live in the United States at all and ESPECIALLY Illinois, you need to know about this. In Illinois' recently signed $31 Billion Capital Bill, there is over $11 Million earmarked specifically for religious projects. Yeah, you read that right $11 Million in tax payer dollars set aside for institutions that don't even pay taxes.… Continue
We are here at the third installment of Meet the Baptists and I have to admit that we have not done a good job of getting to know the Baptist. Mostly we have been humoring my vanity which must be an artifact of my newfound godhoodship. This doesn't mean you get to stop worshiping me, though. Keep up the groveling and the donations!
"The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect…Continue
I used to argue with a group of right wing radical religious fundamentalists about this very issue. They swore up and down that man was "incapable" of affecting the earth's climate through our industries' pollution. They would repeatedly cite cases of areas having the "coldest winter on record" as "evidence" that global warming was a hoax and just a way for "leftists" to make money. I pointed out the actual evidence of the historical temperature records since the industrial revolution showing… Continue
I set aside an hour and a half and watched the Thunderf00t/Ray Comfort discussion, and it got me thinking about the relationship between magic and miracles. I've never, as an adult, believed in either magic or miracles, but for some reason, I'd never really thought about comparing and contrasting them until I saw it.
Here's my consideration of the relations between magic, miracles, gods and physics:…
And so it begins in England, Female Constables have been issues headscarves to wear when entering a house of worship. The intent is to get along with Muslims. The attempt to get along seems to be a one way street and not a road that should be travelled. Story
The covering of heads is a sexist issue. The purpose is modesty. Women’s hair drives men so nuts… Continue
City Commission of Kissimmee, Florida, will vote to modify its city logo to include "In God We Trust" to voice objection to the “socialist” leadership of the country.
Commissioner Art Otero recommended this affront to the American Constitution. "This nation has been moving toward more liberal postures such as homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion and the legalization of marijuana. I'm against that way of thinking. Those are not the… Continue
This is taken from The Friendly Atheist which, by the way, is one of the best Atheist blogs on the web so if you don't already read it, you should start. Great story that spits right in the face of the whole "without religion, people would have no morals" BS we hear from theists so often. Here's a link to the post.
Recently I went to a large bookstore to find some scientific books. Usually, I buy books from amazon or exlibris (swiss online book store). But I prefer "real" shops to poke around. I'm interested in a wide range of scientific subjects. It could be pychologie, quantum physics, biologie, mathematics, etc. But I couldn't finde anything in those subjects, except maybe some few basic school books.
But instead there were a lot of shelves with books about religion, "spirituality",… Continue
Yesterday I attended the 2nd annual Philadelphia Coalition of Reason (PhillyCoR) Picnic. PhillyCoR is an umbrella organization which unites several freethought, Humanist, atheist, and secular organizations together. The picnic was a great way to mix all of our respective groups together and to engage in intellectual dialog, brainstorming, and just some pleasant conversation. (read the rest of this article)
A documentary (story) has come out exposing that in 1951 America paid the Israeli’s to irradiate Moroccan Sephardi children. The children were being taken to school trips by the government and unbeknownst to the parents, they were unwitting pawns in x-ray experiments. The children were exposed to 35,000 times the allowable x-ray limits. Of course this was to test the results… Sounds very much like the stuff the Nazi’s… Continue
Added by Gaytor on July 27, 2009 at 11:01am —
Up to now, I've had nothing to say about the nomination of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health, mostly because, outside of his work with the Human Genome Project, I have little knowledge of his views and abilities. However, I have been keeping an eye on what skeptics and secular thinkers have to say about the man, and the reaction has been largely mixed.
On one hand, Collins' scientific background is exemplary and shows him to be a serious, dedicated man of… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:00am —