first off, before we get to the links, TA's Radio Show podcast is returning tonight after a several months long hiatus during which we revamped and re-conceptualized the show. our first guest is former minister and apologist turned atheist author and creator of the popular blog Debunking Christianity, John Loftus! the show begins tonight at 5PM PST/8PM EST and goes for an hour and a half. our host Greg will play his interview with John and take some calls from the audience. RSVP and check it out!
the buzz this week was about a new study that seems to show that religion in 9 countries is going extinct. lots of commentary followed from ZME, Paul Sims, and others but PZ Myers and Tom Rees aren't a convinced.
study shows anti-atheist prejudice goes down as our numbers (or the perception of our numbers) goes up.
do historical-Jesus scholars find Jesus no matter what because of the way they look?
how should we debate theists if our goal is to change minds?
on some double standards Christians maintain about atheists.
back in September i included a few links to the discussion surrounding a (then) new paper out that critiqued "inclusive fitness" within evolutionary biology. this week Nature published several commentaries on the paper, including one signed by 137 evolutionary biologists. John Hawks commented. Carl Zimmer too. Jerry Coyne as well. Richard Dawkins weighed in.
the sunk cost fallacy. our "decisions are tainted by the emotional investments you accumulate, and the more [we] invest in something the harder it becomes to abandon it."
new archaeological find reopens the mystery into the first Americans.
the defamation of religion resolution has finally been dropped by the UN.
Hubble provides us with some jaw-dropping images of the cosmos but how are those images produced from the raw data Hubble collects? check this out.
mice with lower levels of serotonin are less choosy about the sex of their partners.
the next step is figuring out what to replace religion with.
is religion the cause of conflict or is it just coincidence?
new estimate for alien earths: 2 BILLION in our galaxy alone! what's that say about fine-tuning?
the universe is expanding at 73.8 +/- 2.4 km/sec/megaparsec! (freaking fast!)
volcanoes played an important role in the origin of life.
um... this woman has a close relationship with Jesus. (video)
John Loftus pointed to a new Pew Forum survey that shows that Americans are leaving Christianity and they're not leaving it for another religion.
the government clarifies: no teaching creationism in UK free schools.
E. coli bacteria show evolvability in action.
scientists finish a 53-year old classic experiment on the origins of life.
"for the first time scientists have drawn a comprehensive family tree of all living species of primates based on a systematic analysis of scores of key genes embedded within their DNA."