the CFI's John Shook took to HuffPo to decry
the "new atheists" (not novel stuff this week btw
). Jerry Coyne responded
, so did Ophelia Benson
. Shook may redeem himself in your eyes with this post on how god fails a simple rationality test
a couple of commentators
to a new survey
of atheists and agnostics that's just been released showing some interesting things.
you can often hear conservatives saying that teens who have abortions are depressed and have low self-esteem... unfortunately for them there's this new study
SciAm posted the results of a new survey showing that people trust scientists more than religious leaders
. it looks like welcome news until you notice the problem
Ed Yong posted this great piece
asking if science journalists should ever take sides. Sean Carroll thinks certainly, yes they should
. researchers discover genetic clues
to the evolution of jaws in vertebrates. physicists show
time dilation over a distance of just one foot
in the context of blogging his way through Gary Drescher's fantastic Good and Real
Luke Muehlhauser touches on the Copenhagen Interpretation, Many-Worlds, quantum uncertainty, and how these topics relate to the determinism/free-will debate, and does so in a clear concise way. check the post
out as well as the whole series
. adult fly mimics ant larva
- probably something to this whole "evolution" thing huh? :)
it took a long time but we've finally done it
, the first human powered wing flapping flying machine. if the video doesn't make you smile in wonder then there's no hope for you.
the origins of malaria
, from gorillas to humans.
Jerry Coyne covered more nonsense
coming out of the apologetics website BioLogos. Jason Rosenhouse
had some good points as well.
PLoS One published an article claiming to come up with a naturalistic way that the Exodus' parting of the Red Sea might actually have happened. PZ Myers
, Jerry Coyne
, and vorjack at Unreasonable Faith
an article in Seed Magazine
by David Wiseman begins "The experience of a unified mind and the possibility of an everlasting soul are connected. And there is scant evidence to support the existence of either."
Dan Dennett in the Washington Post
: "thank goodness for Christopher Hitchens!"
possible icy origins of life
on earth.John Loftus linked
to this site
that looks like a good resource for freethought related topics.
this is fun to play with. this site
has a built in feature that allows you to put in two taxon and find out when their most recent common ancestor lived.
here's an interview with physicist Lawrence Krauss
explaining how to spot quantum quackery. earlier this month
i linked to a piece about how acacia trees in Africa recruit ants
to help ward off elephants. turns out the story is even cooler
than that as it seems the acacia recruit different species of ants throughout the course of its life because no one species of ant is the ideal partner. should science and faith have a chat?
(Elaine Ecklund and the framing of survey results. scientists are just as irreligious as we think they are.)
Carl Zimmer- sizing up consciousness by its bits
found: part of the brain that knows when the brain is wrong
is the bible clear on how someone can be "saved"?