aaaaaaaaaand, we're back!
Konrad Talmon-Kaminski has taken it upon himself
to edit the Wiki article on the cognitive science of religion
. additionally, he points
to a recent journal article
by Scott Atran and Joe Henrich on that same subject saying "anyone who would wish to understand religion would greatly benefit from reading it."
PZ Myers linked
to this great article
in The Smithsonian on the myth of America as a "Christian Nation".
Luke Muehlhauser is going through the Kalam Cosmological Argument but because a proper examination relies on a knowledge of relativity... what is special relativity? Galilean relativity?
also on the topic of the Kalam, John Danaher continues his series
always busy posting great stuff, Luke also continued to examine Fine-Tuning arguments
Larry Moran addresses
one of Michael Behe's arguments for Intelligent Design. meanwhile, Behe's son posted to Reddit
to say that he's an atheist and doesn't buy his father's arguments for a second.
simulated Titan atmosphere produces life's building blocks
. platinum turns baby snails into slugs
. experiment looks at the evolutionary transition that produced slugs.
how a deaf brain is rewired to boost vision
turns out Gliese 581g, that just-found Earth-like "Goldilocks planet", may not actually exist
the platypus can poison you 80 different ways
. salmonella gets its host
to arm its secret weapon.
the L.A. Secular Humanism conference featured this debate
on accommodationism between PZ Myers, Eugenie Scott, Chris Mooney, and Victor Stenger. if you don't get enough of the debate on the subject from those videos you might like to check out the recent Point of Inquiry podcast
featuring a debate between PZ Myers and Chris Mooney (supposedly moderated by Jennifer Hecht, she quickly abandons that role and becomes a combatant). PZ says
it's not worth listening to. Jerry Coyne believes otherwise
"parsonage allowance", a violation of church/state separation.
Philip Kitcher verses Dan Dennett- is the "new atheism" counterproductive?
Luke Muehlhauser posted this video
of a recent Atheist Experience episode on the Kalam Cosmological Argument. meanwhile, a reader of his put together a list of posts and articles covering the debate over Biblical genocide
. great stuff. how religious are American professors?the best of Christopher Hitchens.
Jerry Coyne's column in USA Today- Science and Religion Aren't Friends
. PZ Myers reiterates
his belief that there is no evidence that would convince him of the existence of a god. Jerry Coyne disagrees
, challenges PZ. he responds to the challenge
Luke Muehlhauser posted a review
of Sam Harris' new book, The Moral Landscape
. Jerry Coyne pointed
to Christopher Hitchens' new piece in Vanity Fair
, the next in the series on his cancer- Tumortown.