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Who wants some links?? :)
Religious schools deny atheist groups permission to form driving them underground.
Jerry Coyne debates Catholic theologian John Haught. Both men agreed to the debate being filmed. After the debate Haught refuses permission for the video he agreed to be shot to be released. What appeared to be the entire internet mobilized to shame Haught into granting permission. Haught relents after posting a justification for his having refused that was equal parts false and counterproductive to his own position. Video gets posted (post debate Q&A too). People watch... ask... collectively...., WTF?
Congress voted to affirm "In God We Trust" as the national motto this week. Sigh. Secular Coalition of American founder Herb Silverman commented in The Washington Post while Michael Shermer commented in the LA Times. Both worth a read.
Physicist Brian Greene did a print Q&A with Scientific American upon the airing of his new PBS NOVA special that aired this week.
We may be witnessing the first global conflict where people are aligned by conscience and not religion or nation state.
We're now seeing the biggest jump ever in the gases that cause climate change.
In a frankly unbelievable move given their long history with Catholicism– even given the Catholic church's disgusting behavior– Ireland this week closed their embassy to the Vatican citing the economic waste but clearly intending to make a statement.
Skeptic Ben Goldacre: "What eight years of writing the Bad Science column have taught me: Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science works"
10 ways to resist preaching to the choir. Particularly agree with #1
Fossil eyes show wraparound 3-dimensional vision half a billion years ago