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Rats Manipulated to be Attracted to Cats

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 19 August 2012 Comments

I devoted a whole chapter of The Extended Phenotype to parasites manipulating their hosts to assist the parasites into the next stage of their life cycle. There's a large literature on this, which...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, RICHARD DAWKINS

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

Atheists find a new venue for the godless: on film

Kimberly Winston - Washington Post - 19 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Quine for the link There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, no celebrities and definitely no God at the recent annual Atheist Film Festival. Instead, there were more than a...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia

Rafael Romo - CNN - 19 August 2012 Comments

The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter's health first. The 16-year-old's...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS

Philippines birth control: Filipinos want it, priests don't

Kenneth R. Weiss - LA Times - 18 August 2012 Comments

In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is limited for the most part to those with the means to pay. The Catholic Church has fought a "reproductive health bill" in the legislature that would...

TAGGED: VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Sun Is Roundest Natural Object Known

Dave Mosher - National Geographic - 18 August 2012 Comments

The sun is the roundest natural object ever precisely measured, astronomers say. Astronomers have sought for centuries to see if and how our backyard star's roundness changes. That's because...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

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

Pussy Riot's closing statement

Cory Doctorow - BoingBoing - 18 August 2012 Comments

Argument in the show-trial of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot -- who gave an unlicensed anti-Putin performance in a cathedral and now face harsh, Stalinist justice for daring to point out the...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, POLITICS, RELIGION

Book written in DNA code

Geraint Jones - The Guardian - 17 August 2012 Comments

Scientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including 11 images and a computer program, it is the largest amount of data yet stored...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

No Precedent? Then Set One!

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 17 August 2012 Comments

I can hardly bear to see poor Tony Nicklinson's face as he hears the news that he is not allowed to die. I am ashamed of my country and its laws. Here's part of The Independent's account ...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Astrophysicists simulate 14 billion years of cosmic evolution in high resolution

Liat Clark - Wired.co.uk - 17 August 2012 Comments

This computer animation, created using new software called Arepo, simulates 9 billion years of cosmic history. Arepo can accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, SPACE

Magic at Every Age A review of Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.

Stacy L. Memering,Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford,Todd K. Shackelford - Evolutionary Psychology - 16 August 2012 Comments

What’s Out There Now There are nearly a dozen books published by Richard Dawkins on the shelves today,each built with passion, eloquence, and facts to expand your mind and instill a fresh respect...

TAGGED: BOOKS, REVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

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

Refuting Richard: Dawkins Doesn’t “Get” God

Graham Veale - Saints & Sceptics? - 16 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins seems to concede that God could make sense of the universe (see his interview with Alister McGrath ). However, he does not believe that theism is a good explanation because “God is...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

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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How Obama's healthcare reform boosted abstinence-only sex education

Katherine Stewart - The Guardian - 15 August 2012 Comments

Congressional haggling over Obamacare meant conservatives won funding for faith-based sex education curriculums in schools Holding hands: according to Tennessee legislators, a 'gateway sexual...

TAGGED: POLITICS

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