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This week we're featuring our guest philosopher Dr. Colin Howson. Dr. Howson, previously a Professor of Logic at the London School of Economics, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ontario in Canada. He was president of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for the years 2003-2005. A discussion of Bayes’s Theorem and its application in scientific reasoning is incomplete without the inclusion of his 1989 book Scientific Reason: A Bayesian Approach but it is his most recent book, Objecting to God, that we invited Dr. Howson to talk to us about. We wanted to examine how apologists are misusing probability to craft arguments for God that ultimately fall apart under examination. How does Santa Clause and a coin flip explain what's wrong with many arguments for the existence God? Listen to find out!
15 Bible verses that reveal why "God's Own Party" is at war with women.
In the context of debunking the 2012 Mayan nonsense James Randi offers a Skeptic's Lament for America the Beautiful (And Nutty)
Guess why a Catholic Diocese doesn't want to help a homeless shelter...
Turns out Kony2012's Invisible Children is funded by the evangelical anti-gay creationist Christian right
A great piece on the last time we redefined what it means to be human
Physicist and author Victor Stenger took to PuffHo to describe the Fall of Foolish Faith.
A new Arizona law would allow employers to fire women for taking birth control.
Jerry Coyne looks into the debate about how we actually justify science.
New fossil hints at a possible new human species
This week there was a trending hashtag on Twitter, "to my unborn child." Well. Have a look at these disgusting people who used the hashtag to say that if their child turned out to be gay they would murder said child.
New abiogenesis hypothesis suggests your grandmother was a molecule
Recent attempts to replicate the findings of a psychology paper from 2011 that claimed to show evidence of precognition have failed. Perhaps the bigger problem (it's no surprise that the paper's claims have failed to be replicated) is that replication studies are notoriously difficult to get published and this stands in the way of doing science.
The Koran is burned and acts of violence is the result, but a US soldier snaps and murders a bunch of people and the reaction isn't even in the same galaxy as the burning of the Koran. Where's the disconnect?
The giant squid has evolved its soccer ball sized eyes to be able to keep a better watch out for sperm whales
When it comes to miracles and historical claims, when are we going to grow up and embrace nature?
Sam Harris on Islam and the future of liberalism
Homeopathy isn't a cure, it's just water and consolation.
Looks like the curtain has come down on faster-than-light neutrinos after new measurements.
What is purported to be a UFO over a Chilean airbase is certainly not a UFO over a Chilean airbase.
More reproductive insanity in the US this week
A study recently found that there don't seem to be any genes for personality traits. What does this mean?
A woman recently found out just what Texas's abortion laws mean for women who desperately want their babies to survive but are making the awful decision to terminate because of the suffering the child would experience otherwise.