alright guys, last week's chat with atheist bible scholar Robert Price was awesome. if you missed it you can still listen to the show- as you can with every show- from the archive so don't worry.
but tonight we have lined up Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, live! Greg and Dr. Carroll will be talking about the nature of time. do the past, present, and future actually exist or is it just our perception of some aspect of the universe? should be fascinating!
Paul Draper recently gave a lecture titled God and Evil: A Philosophical Inquiry. ex-apologist pointed out the text of the lecture is now online (pdf). he calls it a must read and i have to say i agree!
last week i linked to news brought by Ben Goldacre that the Daryl Bem authored paper purporting to show evidence of precogniction had been replicated but that the results had not been replicated as well. the same journal that printed Bem's paper refused to print the new paper that didn't replicate the results. now Goldacre has taken to The Guardian to decry the journal's policy (and the number of papers that have replicated the experiment but not the results is up to 3).
John Danaher on cognitive and behavioral biases.
Jerry Coyne addressed a piece appearing in USA Today attacking atheism and atheists.
why do Americans still dislike atheists? another must read!
in the context of commenting on Julian Baggini's book Atheism: A Very Short Introduction Russell Blackford nails a common objection that we hear as atheists.
fire ants assemble into living waterproof rafts, behave like a liquid. worth it for the videos alone!
crowd-sourced evolutionary biology: Darwin meets the citizen scientists.
the Archbishop of Canterbury is a pompous old gasbag who doesn't understand evolution.
the back and forth between Ken Parsons and Alonzo Fyfe on the subject of morality has continued and is just packed with information and food for thought. i highly recommending checking out at least a couple of these.
Fyfe on evolutionary biology and the virtue of altruism, on perceiving moral prescriptions, on an independent standard of morality, on objectivity, science, and morality, and on foundational oughts and virtuous circles.
Ken asked, is there a role for science in morality?
Fyfe finishes things off (for this week anyway!) by giving his thoughts on Sam Harris' take on things in The Moral Landscape.
neuroscientists have found that if you want to have thoughts of the future you have to have memories of the past.
Ethan Siegel always posts great stuff but this one is a gem. The History of Pretty Much Everything.
the atheist blogosphere caught wind of Christian apologist William Lane Craig's position on biblical divine sanctioned genocide this week. PZ Myers, Ophelia Benson (July 3rd!), and Greta Christina commented.
Russell Blackford addressed the recent (and not so recent) spate of attacks on atheists by atheists.
let's be clear on the difference between believing and knowing something.
bacteria survive and reproduce in gravity 400,000X's stronger than that of Earth!
individual neurons go to sleep while rats stay awake.
a study of rationalization of political beliefs found that hardly anyone is a Bayesian updater. the troubling thing is that i see no reason why the findings wouldn't apply elsewhere, outside of politics.
speaking of William Lane Craig, he's been touting a new book by Christian apologist Paul Copan that seeks to respond to people who read the OT and find that god is a moral monster. Thom Stark has now released a review of Copan's book (pdf) and finds that it fails utterly to make the case (read the snippet John Loftus provided to get the flavor of the review). if i were you i'd read this review since Christians will sure as hell be reading Copan's book. arm yourself.
god is the greatest abortionist of them all.
lots of rumors still swirling around that researchers at the LHC have found the Higgs. Ethan Siegel helps us at least get the rumors right.
did the religious right spark an international parental kidnapping?
last week i linked to the first part of John Danaher's series looking at William Lane Craig's arguments for objective morality to the existence of god. Danaher posted the second part of the series this week.