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Islam, racists, and legitimate debate

Russell Blackford - Talking Philosophy - 09 August 2012 Comments

A version of this post was published as “Islam and ‘Islamophobia’ – a little manifesto” on my personal blog, over a year ago now. You can look the earlier version if you’re interested in the...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY

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 Religio-Industrial Complex v The Innovators, Sean Faircloth @ The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012

Sean Faircloth - RichardDawkins.net - 09 August 2012 Comments

The author of Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It, ( link ) describes how your tax money subsidizes fundamentalists then issues a call to...

TAGGED: CONFERENCES, SEAN FAIRCLOTH

An introduction to Humanism

British Humanists - YouTube - 08 August 2012 Comments

Humanism is sometimes mistaken for a form of religion, or something which is very complex. Here, some well known humanists explain that all humanism really is, is people wanting to live ethical and...

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Why does the left wing ignore atheists?

Adam Lee - Salon - 08 August 2012 Comments

The renowned physicist Max Planck once said, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Delhi Charter School: Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!

Petition - change.org - 08 August 2012 Comments

As a former teen mom, I know how hard it is to stay in school and graduate on time when you're pregnant or taking care of a new baby. So I was shocked to learn that the Delhi Charter School in...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE

It's What Moral Philosophers Do

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 08 August 2012 Comments

For a Polish translation see below Intellectuals must sometimes venture into realms of the counter-intuitive – and it may be unpopular. When I was debating Cardinal Archbishop Pell in Sydney, he...

TAGGED: MORALITY, PHILOSOPHY, RICHARD DAWKINS

Ireland second only to Vietnam in loss of religious sentiment

Patsy McGarry - Irish Times - 08 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Tyler Durden for the link In a survey of more than 50 countries, Ireland has experienced the second-greatest drop in recent years in the percentage of the population that claims...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Paddlefish's Doubled Genome May Question Theories On Limb Evolution

-- - Science Daily - 08 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link The American paddlefish -- known for its bizarre, protruding snout and eggs harvested for caviar -- duplicated its entire genome about 42 million...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Boycott call over Dawkins talk

Jane Candlish - The Press and Journal - 07 August 2012 Comments

People are being urged to boycott a talk by atheist Professor Richard Dawkins in the Western Isles heartland of the Free Church. The man whose best-selling book The God Delusion argues that belief...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RICHARD DAWKINS

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

Mat Honan - Wired - 07 August 2012 Comments

Meet Mat Honan. He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired. Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed....

TAGGED: TECHNOLOGY

Parents shun school religion

Jewel Topsfield - The Age - 07 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike Sloan for the link The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION

17-year-old girl builds artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer

John Roach - NBC News - 07 August 2012 Comments

An artificial “brain” built by a 17-year-old whiz kid from Florida is able to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer, providing more confidence to a minimally invasive...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Bacteria transform the closest living relatives of animals from single cells into colonies

Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs - 07 August 2012 Comments

In Nicole King’s lab, a bacterium is making a group of tiny cells stick together. That might seem a little humdrum for a group whose members can build electric grids, create snow, and cripple...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk by going to school

Allie Torgan - CNN - 06 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Godzacon for the link Terrorists will stop at nothing to keep Afghan girls from receiving an education. "People are crazy," said Razia Jan, founder of a girls' school...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, HARM

Anything But Human

Richard Polt - The New York Times - 06 August 2012 Comments

In this philosopher, we have the non-scientific mind -- actually in his case the anti-scientific mind -- displayed in all its lack of glory. He misses one important point after another. He seems to...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY

Mars Science Laboratory Touches Down Tonight

Sean Carroll - Cosmic Variance - Discover Magazine - 05 August 2012 Comments

Nowadays everyone calls it the “Curiosity rover,” but I got to know it as the Mars Science Laboratory , and I’m too old and set in my ways to switch. Launched on November 26, 2011, the mission is...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE, TECHNOLOGY

Newly discovered goblin spider is named after Sir David Attenborough

Emma Clark - Daily Mail - 04 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Michael for the link Sir David Attenborough with a photograph of the 'Prethopalpus attenboroughi' spider at the museum of Western Australia in Perth A tiny new species of...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Kenya Bishops slam Melinda Gates’ contraception plan for Africa

Peter Baklinski - LifeSiteNews - 04 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Jonathan Dore for the link The Catholic Bishops of Kenya have collectively slammed a pro-contraception article that appeared in the country’s Africa Review earlier this month as...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Update - NewStatesman article - Pakistani parents jailed for 'honour killing' of daughter

AFP - Yahoo News - 04 August 2012 Comments

Update 8/4 am - a good article in NewStatesman on this NewStatesman Sunny Hundal The left cannot remain silent over "honour killings" We have become complicit in this epidemic of abuse and...

TAGGED: HARM, ISLAM