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Selection for the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Mazurke - - - 04 August 2012 Comments

Prospect Magazine

TAGGED: HUMOR

The water car fraud

Pervez Hoodbhoy - The Express Tribune - 04 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Pervaiz for the link Agha Waqar Ahmad deserves a medal from the people of Pakistan for his great service to the nation. In a few short days, he has exposed just how far Pakistan...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE, REASON

$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality

Bettye Miller - UCR Today - 04 August 2012 Comments

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded philosopher John Martin Fischer $5 million to study issues related to immortality. For millennia, humans have pondered their mortality and whether death...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

How would Jesus vote?

Paula Kirby - The Washington Post - 04 August 2012 Comments

In this combo made from file photos, President Barack Obama, speaks at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, on April 25, 2012, left, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts...

TAGGED: POLITICS

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

The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - CatholicHerald.co.uk - 03 August 2012 Comments

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA) I remember sitting up and taking...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Richard Dawkins: an end to mythmaking?

Mark Vernon - The Guardian - 03 August 2012 Comments

So Paxman can dub myths 'hogwash', but not religion. Surely all myths do a similar job – it's just scientific ones don't last as long Richard Dawkins: 'is it not overly provocative to refer to...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

No fence to sit on

David Catchpoole - Creation Ministries International - 03 August 2012 Comments

Neutrality is impossible in the creation/evolution debate The pastor addressing his large church congregation in Australia was holding two books. He lifted the first up for all to see, saying,...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM

British Police: You did the Islamic morality police proud

Maryam Namazie - - - 03 August 2012 Comments

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the FEMEN action against Sharia law and Islamism at the Olympics today as I am really sick and travelling tomorrow for a conference in Montreal (which I would...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, ISLAM

Eagle Scout Steven Colella rescinds status over gay members policy

Suzanne Kennedy - ABC 7 - WJLA - 03 August 2012 Comments

Becoming an Eagle Scout is no easy task, and a rare one at that. Only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the high status. In response the organization's controversial stance on allowing...

TAGGED: RELIGION

'Where was God in Aurora?' comments show Internet as church for atheists

Dan Gilgoff - CNN - 02 August 2012 Comments

Some atheists may ask questions on the Internet that they wouldn't have asked in church. The Internet has become the de facto global church for atheists, agnostics and other doubters of God, who...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, GENERAL INTEREST

Washington pertussis outbreak is very, very bad

Phil Plait - Bad Astronomy - 02 August 2012 Comments

This is one of the scariest graphs I’ve seen in a long time. This plot, from the CDC, shows probable and confirmed cases of pertussis – whooping cough – in the state of Washington from 2011...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Beak Heat: Evolutionary Theory of Bird Bills May Need Revision

Sarah Fecht - Scientific American - 02 August 2012 Comments

A finch's beak evolves according to the size and shape of available seeds. That conventional wisdom is one of the most accepted facts in science—it has been proved again and again in research that...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Update - Twitter exchange - Hard Believer

First Aid Kit - YouTube - jagadambarecords - 02 August 2012 Comments

Twitter exchange between Richard Dawkins and First Aid Kit Klara and Johanna Soderberg, AKA First Aid Kit (17 and 19 respectively) have been gathering fans apace throughout 2009, since...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, RICHARD DAWKINS, SOCIETY

Modern Last Words

Russell - ThePrivateEye - 02 August 2012 Comments

Via http://www.private-eye.co.uk/

TAGGED: HUMOR, RICHARD DAWKINS

Religion’s fair game if it motivates politics

Lawrence Martin - The Globe and Mail - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Much has been made of the government’s muzzling of the science community, its low regard for statistics, its hard line against environmentalists. ...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Mississippi church refuses to marry black couple

AP - CBC News - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Roedy for the link Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson in their home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. (WLBT TV/Associated Press) A Mississippi couple says the church where they...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Modern culture emerged in Africa 20,000 years earlier than thought

Thomas H. Maugh II - LA Times - 01 August 2012 Comments

Objects found in the archaeological site called Border Cave include a) a wooden digging stick; b) a wooden poison applicator; c) a bone arrow point decorated with a spiral incision filled with red...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, PALEONTOLOGY

Westboro Baptist Church: "Praise God for The Clergy Project"

Justin Vacula - Examiner - 31 July 2012 Comments

The Clergy Project – a private, invitation only, online peer support community for active and former clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs – has drawn the attention of the Westboro Baptist...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

A Jewish, Yankee, Liberal Atheist Runs for Office in South Carolina (Podcast)

Alan Litchfield - The Malcontent's Gambit - 31 July 2012 Comments

Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America, talks about his childhood as an orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, his eventual atheism, and his political career in the South. His new...

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS