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Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?

- - BBC News - 22 August 2012 Comments

A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause? Two writers debate. Thousands attended an atheism rally in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Missionaries of Hate

- - Top Documentary Films - 22 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike for the link Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to...

TAGGED: HARM, HATE, IRRATIONALITY

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain

- - URMC - 21 August 2012 Comments

An artery in the brain of a mouse. The green shows cerebrospinal fluid in a channel along the outside of the artery. A previously unrecognized system that drains waste from the brain at a rapid...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Blasphemy Laws Exposed: The Consequences of Criminalizing “Defamation of Religions”

- - human rights first - 20 August 2012 Comments

FOR OVER A DECADE, efforts have been made in several venues at the United Nations to promote the concept that States have an obligation to adopt and enforce laws against the “defamation of...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Atheists On Religion, Science, And Morality (The Point)

- - YouTube - townsquare - 19 August 2012 Comments

Can we prove there is no God? Does it make sense to equate religion with science? Do theists have a monopology on morality or is secular morality superior? Was Richard Dawkins right to bring up...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, SPEECHES

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 25 - 26 AUGUST 2012

- - Ancestors Trail Walk - 19 August 2012 Comments

The Ancestor’s Trail is a walking event combining hill walking, science and music. We invite you to join us on this ‘biological pilgrimage’ celebrating our shared origins with all life on Earth....

TAGGED: DARWIN, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

Derren Brown talks to Tim Minchin

- - BBC Radio 4 - 18 August 2012 Comments

Episode 4 of 6, Series 8 DURATION: 30 MINUTES Last week's interviewee, Illusionist Derren Brown, dispenses with the trickery and gets inside the mind of Tim Minchin by cleverly asking him some...

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS

R. Elisabeth Cornwell at TAM 2012 - Social Networks: Civilizing the Future

- - TAM 2012 - JREF - 16 August 2012 Comments

Elisabeth Cornwell is the Executive Director of RDFRS (US) http://rdfrs.com/home/about

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, CONFERENCES, R. ELISABETH CORNWELL

Challenging Religious Privilege

- - National Secular Society - 16 August 2012 Comments

This year's secular conference will take place from on Saturday 22 September 2012 in central London. Registration opens at 9.00am for 10.00am start. The conference will end at 5.00pm Following...

TAGGED: CONFERENCES, SECULARISM

Jamy Ian Swiss - "Overlapping Magisteria" - TAM 2012

- - TAM - JREF - 15 August 2012 Comments

UPDATE: For a higher quality version of this video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIiznLE5Xno Magician and skeptic Jamy Ian Swiss shares his passionate vision for the scope of...

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Witchcraft-based child abuse: Action plan launched

- - BBC News - 15 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Ken Thomson and Tony Andrews for submitting the link The government has launched an action plan to tackle child abuse linked to witchcraft or religion in England. ...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Grey parrots use reasoning where monkeys and dogs can’t

- - The Royal Society - 15 August 2012 Comments

Research suggesting that grey parrots can reason about cause and effect from audio cues alone- a skill that monkeys and dogs lack- is presented in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today. ...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, BIOLOGY

Albert Einstein's Historic 1954 "God Letter" Handwritten Shortly Before His Death

- - eBay auction - 15 August 2012 Comments

Religious apologists cannot entirely be blamed for claiming Albert Einstein as one of their own. He was fond of quoting "God" as a poetic metaphor, in rather irresponsible fashion although, to be...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

TRT refuses to imagine world without religion, censures Lennon song at Olympic ceremony

- - Hurriyet Daily News (Turkish with articles in English and Turkish) - 14 August 2012 Comments

A presenter for Turkish state broadcaster TRT omitted part of iconic British musician John Lennon's lyrics that call for “no religion” during the broadcasting of the Olympic Games’ closing...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP

Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?

- - Science Blog - 13 August 2012 Comments

Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose? A study conducted at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of The...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Pope's ex-butler Paolo Gabriele to stand trial

- - BBC News - 13 August 2012 Comments

The former butler to Pope Benedict XVI will stand trial for stealing confidential papers and leaking them to the press, a magistrate has ruled. Paolo Gabriele was arrested in May after police...

TAGGED: VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

'Plate Tectonics' Discovered on Mars--Found Nowhere Else Beyond Earth in Solar System

- - The Daily Galaxy - 12 August 2012 Comments

For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves...

TAGGED: SPACE

U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for Science Education

- - Scientific American - 09 August 2012 Comments

Americans have grown accustomed to bad news about student performance in math and science. On a 2009 study administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 15-year-olds...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SCIENCE

The Laryngeal Nerve of the Giraffe is Proof of Natural Selection

- - Channel 4 (via GrrlScientist 2010) - 03 August 2012 Comments

This was previously posted in 2010 on rd.net. It's discussed in detail in both The Greatest Show on Earth and in Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True and is certainly worth watching - or watching...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SCIENCE

NSS Conference: Challenging Religious Privilege in Public Life

- - - - 30 July 2012 Comments

This year's National Secular Society annual conference, which is being co-sponsored by RDFRS UK, brings you seven of the biggest names in UK secularism: Richard Dawkins Secularist of the...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, CONFERENCES, RICHARD DAWKINS