All Blog Posts Tagged 'Science' (91)

Taking It Back: Scientific Education

During the Years of Creationism, that is, my theist years, I've shied away from science, executing the classic Just-Barely-Passing maneuver in all of my classes. Just recently, however, I've found that science, especially Biology, fascinates me to no end. I recently purchased three (old and "outdated", but still accurate) textbooks on Biology and Biochemistry. Upon reading through the first Biology textbook (haven't finished it, but I love it so far) I find I'm learning more about the human… Continue

Added by Samantha J. on November 29, 2009 at 7:52pm — 8 Comments

A Dedicated Debate

Hey guys, I just had an interesting event with a relative of a friends of mine. It started through a statement my friend Kevin made a quote from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:



"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."



In which a relative… Continue

Added by Krysis on November 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there

“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” - Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980



Without perspective we wallow blindly through life, without empathy, understanding and the ability to apply knowledge. Perspective is not… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on October 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Profession of "Faith"

Ever since my de-conversion there is one statement from believers that irritates me time and time again. We have all heard it, it is the common fall back for just about every argument against christianity. Every time I have argued the plagiarism, absurdities, contradictions, lies, cruelty and intolerance of the Bible, this statement, or something similar, invariably gets thrown in my face: “You just have to have faith”.



Faith in what I ask. Define it. Describe it.



I have… Continue

Added by Shawn Truesdell on October 1, 2009 at 10:32am — 4 Comments

Sam Harris on Francis Collins

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 — No Comments

Charles Darwin & The Tree of Life.



2009 BBC







Charles Darwin & the Tree of life







(Hosted by David Attenborough)












Watch these films in high quality by click the bottom right icon on each video player. …





















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Added by Kalen on July 9, 2009 at 2:18pm — 7 Comments

Choosing a religion

I had posted something a long the lines of this on a random site asking questions about religion... and well lets say it was picked apart by um well everyone... but...



I think it is 100% wrong for children to be baptized and forced in to a religion when they cant even sit up on their own.



Choosing a religion is something that should mean something to the person choosing entering which religion they choose.



I was baptized in the Catholic Church because my Mother… Continue

Added by fixedentropy on June 6, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Review of God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger (2007)

Victor Stenger makes an empirical investigation of the God Hypothesis and delivers a geek-fest of smack-down to the theory that God can be anything close to what most theists believe. From the outset, Stenger establishes a baseline of characteristics that the God(s) in his experiment will have, populated largely with the often-stated abilities and preferences of the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.



A challenge is issued in the first chapter to those who say that science has no… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 18, 2009 at 12:52pm — 5 Comments

Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens in unmoderated 2-hour discussion.

Look how easy it was to paste two video's in.



Hour 1…



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Added by Sophie on April 2, 2009 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

The evolution of the roach.

Earlier in my group today I got onto the discussion of "the matter of existance". I'm posting this blog to share my ideas with people who are not in my group but are intrested in the idea of probing this question, please feel free to endulge me with your ideas, i'm always intrested on seeing a different view of existance. Fell free to joing my group if this inspires you to question more.







Well, this problem is an unanswerable question of existance, but it is always fun to… Continue

Added by Aeon on March 10, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

Scientists delivers atomic smack down to Discovery Institute

Prof. Nicholas Gotelli, a scientist in the biology department of the University of Vermont has a wit sharp enough to cut yourself on.



He was solicited (yes solicited) by the Discovery Institute (A don't-think-tank of creationists masquerading as a serious research institute) to set up a debate at his campus. The admittedly… Continue

Added by Dave R on February 19, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

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