Hi guys! Another Sunday! Of course, I want to say thanks to everyone for your FB LIKE's, your +1's on Google+, your thumbs up on StumbleUpon, and your tweets on Twitter. That you would find Sunday School so valuable that you would want to share it with others makes the time spent on putting each edition together absolutely worth it! Thank you! Last week's edition was viewed just shy of 800 times thanks to all your help. Let's see if we can reach a thousand! Spread the word. The information is out there. Let's get it into people's hands, and into their minds.
First, last week I mentioned that we were in the process of setting up an Amazon store front just for the Think Atheist Radio Show. I'm happy to say that the store is now up and running! You can find it at any time in the sidebar on the right but here's the link for you. Check back often as new titles will continue to be added. As I said last week, the store will feature the books by our guests plus recommendations from myself and Greg, the host of the Radio Show. As such, it should function as a resource for any requests for reading suggestions you may have for myself and/or Greg.
I want to urge you guys to update yourselves on some of our upcoming guests: former preacher, now FFRF co-president Dan Barker, author of Losing Faith in Faith and Godless; 2008's Canadian Humanist of the Year, philosopher and author of How To Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass, Dr. Christopher DiCarlo; arch skeptic and professional pseudoscience debunker/huckster buster, James Randi, author of Flim-Flam!; and many more! Check out our list of past and future guests now!
Do make sure you catch our interview tonight with Ms. Janet Heimlich, investigative journalist and author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. She joined us to talk about a heart-breaking infuriating subject: the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse- plus the withholding of medical care- of children, all with religion as justification. This is important stuff for people to be aware of. Tune in so you can help get the information out there.
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Alright, business done. LINKS!
70 million year old amber (fossilized tree sap) preserves the evolution of dinosaur and early bird feathers. This is a must see. Unbelievable pictures of 70 million year old feathers that belonged to freaking dinosaurs. (Unfortunately one of the study's authors says the feathers are unlikely to preserve any DNA). Click on each of these following posts because they either have more information or more and different pictures to see. Trust me. Scientific American, Ed Yong, and the BBC.
John Danaher is blogging his way through Wes Morriston's paper on the phenomena of theists who attempt to defend divinely mandated genocide. Do check out the posts in the series so far. There's three so far. Here's the first, the second, and the third.
Near-death experiences now found to have scientific explanations. Pay special attention to the one study that says that 30 people out of a 58 person study had these experiences when they weren't even at any risk of death but only thought they were. Fascinating.
Recently the closest supernova to us in 25 years went off. There's been lots of talk about it. But what is it that makes a supernova more nova than a nova? Where's the "super" come in?
Acupuncture. Not mysterious.
A new poll has it that more Americans believe the world is warming.
Scientists have engineered yeast that thrive with a partially synthetic genome.
What happens when a planet gets blasted by X-rays a hundred thousand times stronger than what Earth receives from the Sun? There's no need to guess anymore...
John Danaher began another series this week, this one examining the ethics of the death penalty. Great stuff. It's good to have John blogging again after his recent move.
How do we know what the speed of light is? (Hint: Thanks Jupiter!)
50 new exoplanets have been discovered, including 16 "super-Earths", one of those orbiting inside the habitable zone.
The discoverer of the fossil human ancestor "Lucy" on why he studies human evolution.
The cognitive science of rationality. In order to learn to think better we have to know what obstacles stand in our way.