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Make sure you tune in to hear our interview with Philosopher of Science Maarten Boudry. Dr. Boudry is a philosopher and Doctoral Researcher at Ghent University in Belgium. I first became aware of Dr. Boudry late last year during the extended back and forth between Jerry Coyne, PZ Myers, Sean Carroll and others on the question of whether there could ever be convincing evidence for the existence of God. Dr. Boudry's work was cited and discussed and made quite an impression. His doctoral dissertation, Here Be Dragons (pdf), recently came across my radar, the reading of which gave me no less of a reason to be impressed. He joined us to talk about whether science can say anything about the supernatural, "irreducible complexity", and the demarcation between science vs. pseudoscience.
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The majority of Muslims accept an old Earth, but where does evolution fit in?
Answer No. 132,465,741 to the question What's the harm in believing in nonsense?:
The unvaccinated are behind the largest outbreak of measles in the US in years.
Astronomers spot the birth of an alien planet for the first time.
What's the status of dark matter? "The indirect evidence is overwhelming. If you try to build a theory without dark matter, you simply have to throw out a whole suite of very well-tested and verified physics, and you still cannot explain all the observations..."
The Big Bang: What really happened at the birth of our universe?
Biggest ever study on cell phones shows once again, no cancer risk.
The Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) was more complex than previously thought.
A British family with a bizarre speech deficit has led linguists to FOXP2: a gene that begins to explain how our ancestors acquired language.
Computer model reveals what would happen if humans were to become immortal.
"Libertarianism presents itself as a simple, clear, and principled view. It appears to provide a moral basis, in the value of individual liberty, for a specific political program of limited government and low taxes.... Three lines of thought lead to conclusions that might be seen as libertarian. But none of these shows that respect for the value of individual liberty should lead one to support the political program of low taxes and limited government that libertarians are supposed to favor."
The scale of the universe as evidence for naturalism, does it hold up?
Check out Stephen Law's opening speech in his debate with William Lane Craig a few days ago. Good stuff. See John Danaher for an exposition of what Law's points can accomplish. More from Law? Check out his appearance on the Think Atheist Radio Show!
Answer No. 132,465,897 to the question What's the harm in believing in nonsense?:
Evangelical pastors tell 3 congregants, AIDS patients, to stop taking their antiretrovirals; they're dead now.
Why do young Christians leave the church? New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive, and unfriendly toward doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has been shallow.