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This week on Think Atheist Radio we have our chat with Dr. David Montgomery. Dr. Montgomery is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. He leads that school's Geomorphological Research Group and is a member of the Quaternary Research Center. He has a B.S. in geology from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in geomorphology. His research interests center around the evolution of topography and how changes in landforms influence ecological systems and human societies. Dr. Montgomery, previously the author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon and Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, has just published a new book, Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood. This new book casts a critical eye on the claims made by creationists about geology while providing both a tour through the history of the conflict between geology and theology and that of biblical literalism. We asked Dr. Montgomery to join us to discuss his new book and we were glad when he accepted the invitation. This is an altogether too often neglected aspect of the conflict between established science and creationism. Check out this fascinating discussion!
Alabama JROTC instructor makes anti-gay comments; school district officials look the other way.
Conservative rabbis plan to deny a health order demanding they stop sucking the freshly circumcised penises of babies, even after the death of two babies and injury to others from herpes virus infection.
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Physicists are increasingly asking what the limit is the for the smallest possible object, or even if there is one.
Stem cells bring back feeling in two paralyzed patients, a world first.
Jason Rosenhouse on the Ontological Argument as a test of intellectual seriousness.
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Britain's new Health Secretary thinks homeopathy works and should be provided within the NIH.
An incredible 150 million year old fossil records the 10 meter death march of a horseshoe crab.
An international group called ENCODE has sought to turn our simply possessing the code of the human genome into an understanding of what that code does. This week saw 30 papers published attempting to reveal just that. There's been some controversy generated on the back of those papers. Ed Yong's coverage is unrivaled and is a must read if you aim to understand the findings and what they mean.
Jen McCreight has decided to take an indefinite hiatus from blogging owing to the misogyny and vitriol she's received over the last year or so.
A Christian lobbying group in Australia is defending a slur against gay people made by the leader of the group after the Australian Prime Minister pulled out of meeting with the group as a result of the comment.
The non-religious are pissed as Democrats flip flop on including God in the party's platform. Initially left out, "God" was added back in to the platform at the last moment. As if that wasn't bad enough all on its own. Check out the manner in which God was added back to the platform. After the two conventions atheists will be forgiven for asking who it is that represents them.
Adam Lee feels that Richard Dawkins has let him down. He certainly seems to have a point.
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President Obama and Mitt Romney submitted their answers to the organization ScienceDebate.org. These questions on science topics are an attempt to get the candidates to engage in the discussion of scientific issues. Paul Fidalgo notes that the candidates weirdly appeared to take the questions seriously. Some felt that Romney out-debated the President even though Romney's apparent notion of what "basic science" is includes cold fusion.
A Texas man allegedly killed a another man for not believing in God.
Why would the tendency to use supernatural explanations increase with age?
Defenders of the hijab will often claim that the restrictive dress actually protects women from sexual against sexual assault. It doesn't.
Philosophy vs. Science: Which can answer the big questions of life?
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