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Alright so let's see, if you missed our interview last week with atheist Philosopher of Religion Professor Graham Oppy you have to listen. Prof. Oppy went over some concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Religion. It was phenomenally usable stuff in the sense that you can listen to the interview and be immediately better armed in the course of your discussions/debates with anyone you might talk to about these things. Friends, family, co-workers, proselytizers knocking on your door... Anyone!
Tonight we're debuting our interview with Mr. Sean Faircloth! Mr. Faircloth, having served 5 terms in the Maine Legislature, is the former Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America and now the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, touring the US as the opening speaker for Professor Dawkins. He is the author of the brand new book Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It. Read the blurb quotes for this book from The Mythbusters' Adam Savage, James Randi, Bill Nye The Science Guy, and others! The interview plays for the first time tonight at 5PM Eastern/8PM Pacific but will be available to stream or download at any time afterward or can be grabbed from our iTunes page.
Watch this absolutely unbelievable time lapse taken from the ISS as it orbits our planet. Seriously. Turn off the lights. Turn on fullscreen. Make sure the video is set to HD. And if you're not floored then just have someone put you out of your misery! :)
Former Scientology insiders describe a world of closers, prospects, crushing quotas and coercion
Scientists track the evolution of an epidemic to show how bacteria adapt
Last week I (and everyone else on the internet) linked to an infographic depicting the calculated odds of you or I as individuals being alive. The figures are astounding. This week PZ Myers posted to say that he thought they were absurd. In retrospect, I think he's right!
Keith Parsons of The Secular Outpost does a great job going over David Hume's argument against miracles from Section X "Of Miracles" in Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change
Before the 1990s, scientists could only study the shape of fossils to learn about how we evolved. Now we're discussing Neanderthal neuroscience!
"So how is it that most Christian academic biblical scholars never see anything that Jesus does as wrong or evil? The answer, of course, is that most Christian biblical scholars, whether in secular academia or in seminaries, still see Jesus as divine, and not as a human being with faults."
On the back of the discovery that "microRNAs produced by rice plants turn up in the blood of people and mice that eat rice, and that in our bodies these microRNAs lower the production of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a molecule that scavenges cholesterol." we have to ask, if food can overrule genes, can it mess with evolution?
How ignorance, greed and ideology are warping science and hurting democracy
In a recent debate with William Lane Craig, Stephen Law offered The Evidential Problem of Good in response to Craig's apologetic excuses offered to counter the Problem of Evil. But just what are the Evidential Problem of Good's implications? (Read this. You'll walk away better informed for your next debate. Promise)
Scientists find evidence of great lake on Jupiter's moon Europa, potential new habitat for life
Transhumanism and predictions about consciousness running in computers are seemingly all the rage. But we're no where near artificial brains
Why do so many people reject the scientific consensus on a host of issues? Often, it comes down to the way they look at the world.
Is Science so limited? On alternative "ways of knowing"
The racial ideology of the Nazis was religious, creationist, and opposed to Darwinism.
The future of science out to 2021. The map focuses on six areas of science that will play out over the next decade.
Researchers have put forth their conclusion that the quantum mechanical wavefunction is a real object as opposed to a statistical tool helpful in describing reality.
Adjusting for a couple of the features of the first experiment where errors may have been hiding, the same team has repeated their experiment and confirmed the faster-than-light-neutrinos finding. Still tons of skepticism on this. Sean Carroll pointed out that the skepticism will remain until an entirely new experiment confirms the result, not just the same experiment on which adjustments have been made.
A new report out by the IPCC warns of extreme weather events as climate change takes hold.
"The God of the Gaps must be feeling mightily squeezed these days." However, "a little science fictional story is the reason we shouldn’t dismiss the idea of a creator for our universe as a fantasy. Sadly, it isn’t even a story based in good science."
The wealth disparity in this country has prompted the 99% to go head to head against the 1%. But it's worse than you think. Turns out half the wealth of the 1% is controlled by just .1%