Hemant Mehta linked
to this short letter to America
from a foxhole atheist. dark matter and gravitational lensing
apologists around the internet mixing science and religion and getting neither right
. why does matter take up space?
while we're at it, how does the Higgs give us mass
NASA has found the coolest stars
ancient rocks show oxygen was abundant long before complex life arose
. cats have mastered physics
in order to drink efficiently.
Allen McNeil has this great post asking "what is a 'Darwinist?" and "am i a 'Darwinist'"?
Larry Moran comments
and points to this hilarious/depressing thread at Uncommon Descent, an Intelligent Design forum, where ID'ers provide their definition of "Darwinism"
one of TA's own, Greg
, has started a new blog and has roared out of the gates with great introductory posts on Free Will/Determinism
, the Fine-Tuning Argument
, and the Cosmological Argument
Russell Blackford has a couple of good posts this week on scientism
, check them both
out. Coyne comments
the brains of Neanderthals and modern humans developed differently
. the physics of global warming
scientists find the oldest dinosaur embryo ever
the ongoing debate between PZ Myers and Jerry Coyne on whether or not there could ever be convincing evidence for god has two new participants this week. Christopher at Teapot Atheist posted his thoughts
parts while John Loftus pointed
to a previous post
of his where he answered the question from his perspective. meanwhile, Ophelia Benson pointed out that the question is more nuanced
Frans De Waal has responded
to the criticisms he received on his piece about god and morality where he seemed to ignore his very own research that shows an evolutionary basis for morality, saying instead that morality required god.
remember the report Dan Dennett did on atheist clergy? Hemant Mehta pointed
to an ABC News report (with video available) on a couple of Dennett's subjects. energy and science in America are in big, big trouble
you'll often hear theists respond to an invocation of the multiverse in the context of the fine-tuning argument by saying that atheists simply invented the multiverse in order to explain away fine-tuning. Luke Muehlhauser considers the question
of whether or not this is true.
NASA's FERMI telescope has found a giant structure in our galaxy
. here's The Telegraph's report
on the find. (thanks Jason
body-snatching, not socializing, drove the evolution of bigger-brained insects
. Coyne has had enough of New Scientist
and urges his readers to be done with them too.
as skeptics we often hear the question, "well, what DO you believe in?", as if being a skeptic means you believe in nothing. Michael Shermer responds
to the question.
lead ions smashed together for the first time at CERN
create mini big bangs, bring us closer to understanding the big bang itself.
for polar bears, the price of rapid evolution is a weaker skull
. gay suicides and the Mormon Church
is ghost-hunting science or pseudoscience?
Massimo Pigliucci has his second part on Objectivism. previously he'd tackled Objectivist Metaphysics
, now he's on to Objectivist Epistemology