excerpts of Stephen Hawking's soon to be published book (Sept. 7th) have been printed in The Times (unfortunately behind a paywall) and the world is buzzing. in the book (and in the excerpts printed in The Times) Hawking says that modern physics leaves no room for a god. there's no shortage of commentary. The Telegraph. The Independent. Andrew Moseman. PZ Myers. Jerry Coyne. Sean Carroll comments and points out how this is really only news because it's Hawking that's saying it- physicists have known this for some time now. Paul Davies runs to the remaining god-of-the-gaps by pointing to the laws of physics as the place where god resides. Coyne takes Davies to task.
batshit crazy guy who happens to be an atheist takes 3 people hostage at the Discovery Channel's headquarters. it took no time for the equally batshit crazy creationists to link his atheism and his belief in evolution to his actions. Greg Fish, Hemant Mehta, Alonzo Fyfe, and PZ Myers point out the stupidity of this.
a new paper is out critiquing the notion of inclusive fitness- a notion critical to our explanations for the evolution of morality. lots of commentary pointing out that the paper gets pretty much everything wrong. John Hawks. The New York Times. Jerry Coyne. Richard Dawkins linked to Coyne's post on the paper while including his own personal notes on the paper. Wired Science has a piece on the paper along with reactions from some scientists.