first of all, please stop by Neal's page
and welcome him as TA's newest moderator. :)
lots going on... ready?
the pope is in the UK. turns out that besides the evidence seemingly pointing to his being the criminal head of a group the contains an incredible number of pedophiles and pederasts he's also a revisionist idiot.
reaction to his comments naturally has followed. Greg Fish
. Robert at Making My Way
. Barry Duke at The Freethinker
. Unreasonable Faith
. PZ Myers
. Ophelia Benson
. Dawkins spoke
at a rally protesting the pope's visit to Britain. PZ followed up his initial post with a list of Hitler quotes
that show that it takes an idiot to suggest that he was an atheist. The Catholic League followed up on their idiot leader's statements to demand that atheists apologize for Hitler
just before the visit Christopher Hitchens submitted this piece to Slate, A Call To Earthly Justice
: Holding the Catholic Church accountable for its crimes.
meanwhile Catholic officials in Belgium are admitting
that they didn't apologize for decades of endemic sex abuse by priests because they feared the flood of compensation claims that would have resulted.
Jerry Coyne responds to Karl Giberson
's post at BioLogos excusing child indoctrination.
also from Coyne is his second part to the answer to the question "are we still evolving?
Luke at Common Sense Atheism posted this excellent piece on why atheists lose debates
and urges atheists to educate themselves or just don't enter into the debate. i couldn't agree with him more and it's this that led me (with Greg Corey
) to put together our Skepticism of Religion informal bibliography
. synthetic ovaries
bring eggs out of the womb and into the petri dish.
remember the good ol' days when you actually had to draw a picture of Muhammad to have people want to kill you? well now all you have to do is suggest that other people do so. Molly Norris, the woman who suggested the Everybody Draw Muhammad Day event has had a fatwa put on her and has changed her name and gone into hiding
at the urging of the FBI.
after examining the results of a recent study Tom Rees had this thought
: "Although we are frequently told that religions can co-exist peacefully,
it's hard to see that happening when even messages of peace and tolerance from one religious group to another can actually serve to increase intolerance."testing string theory
: how real science progresses.
arachnophobes beware-- the largest spider web in the world is produced by the Darwin's bark spider and is 2.8 sq. meters in area, spans entire rivers, and is the strongest biological material known
. Sean B. Carroll has a piece
in the New York Times on the importance of hybridization to speciation. Jerry Coyne disagrees with Carroll.
do yourself a favor and go through John Danaher's (of Philosophical Disquisitions
) series of posts
on Gregory Dawes' book Theism and Explanation
Danaher takes us through Dawes' demonstration showing that even if we
allow that theistic explanations might be potential explanations- as opposed to refusing to consider them in principle- these explanations fail utterly because they don't provide us with the kinds of things we expect from a successful explanation.
the irony is strong with this one... a Mexican religious rite has created super poison-tolerant cave fish
thanks to Adriana
for pointing me to Chris Mooney's most recent bit of nonsense
. Jason Rosenhouse
, Ophelia Benson
, and Jerry Coyne
following on the heels of some less than brilliant comments by President Obama PZ Myers tells readers to stop saying that Obama's an atheist
a new study has interesting insights into why people don't accept the scientific consensus
several scientists give their thoughts on where science is going in the next 30 years
. how faith prepares us for tyranny.
in the context of answering a Christian's email about irreducible complexity Jerry Coyne explains the evolution of the male/female sex differentiation
a new Pew Research survey reveals that Jon Stewart will be the downfall of FOX News
despite what creationists may think, Genesis does not depict creation from nothing
the Phoenix Mars Lander finds surprises about Mars' watery past
. on the origin of complex cells. kissing helps inoculate the female
before and during pregnancy against bacteria the male carries.
kids raised by same sex parents are worse off than those raised under "traditional circumstances" so say conservatives. unfortunately for them a new study has shown
not only that these children are just as well adjusted but that they seem to exhibit "better social and academic adjustment and a significantly lower incidence of social problems than their peers".
last week i linked to Luke
Muehlhauser's piece "4 bad arguments for god
" which was a response to an essay by Tawa Anderson. well, Anderson responded to Luke's critique so Luke sat down to explain
why Anderson's response failed.
the CDC rules thimerosal doesn't cause autism
. societies without god are more benevolent