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Former Methodist pastor talks about her move to atheism

Stoyan Zaimov - National Post - 13 July 2012 Comments

A former Methodist worship and teaching pastor who served in ministry for 20 years before becoming an atheist has been appointed as the American Atheists’ public relations director. In an...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Dawkinsia, new genus

Rohan Pethiyagoda, Madhava Meegaskumbura and Kalana Maduwage - - - 13 July 2012 Comments

Etymology. The genus is named for Richard Dawkins, for his contribution to the public understanding of science and, in particular, of evolutionary science A synopsis of the South Asian fishes...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, BIOLOGY, RICHARD DAWKINS

NYCA Joins in Suit to Get ‘In god We Trust’ Off Our Money

Michael Newdow - New York City Atheists - 13 July 2012 Comments

FLASH! NYCA Joins in Suit to Get ‘In god We Trust’ Off Our Money Why Shouldn’t Atheists Use the Tools Society Provides To Set Things Right? New York City Atheists is joining Dr. Michael...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM

Pinker's Reply on Group Selection

Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins - The Edge - 13 July 2012 Comments

We previously linked to Steven Pinker's excellent essay on John Brockman's EDGE site, about The False Allure of Group Selection. It elicited about 20 replies from those invited to do so by John...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Betrayal

Eric MacDonald - Choice in Dying - 13 July 2012 Comments

Note that some may find difficulty in playing the audio clip below - going to the source site may help Jerry Coyne has been busy with professional responsibilities lately, and has not been...

TAGGED: DISHONESTY, SCIENCE

Early Human Ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, Fossils Discovered in Rock

- - ScienceDaily - 13 July 2012 Comments

This is the tooth of a hominid embedded in a rock containing significant parts of a skeleton of an early human ancestor. The skeleton is believed to be the remains of "Karabo", the type skeleton of...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, PALEONTOLOGY

Scientists place 500-million-year-old gene in modern organism

- - PhysOrg.com - 12 July 2012 Comments

Postdoctoral Fellow Betül Kaçar and Associate Professor Eric Gaucher are watching evolution in action resurrecting a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION, GENETICS

A Blip That Speaks of Our Place in the Universe

Lawrence M. Krauss - New York Times - 12 July 2012 Comments

REVELATION A computer-generated image shows a typical proton collision of the kind that produced evidence of a particle thought to be the Higgs boson. ASPEN, Colo. — Last week, physicists...

TAGGED: LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, PHYSICS, SPACE

New Pluto Moon Found—"Fringe Benefit" of Search for Risky Rings

Richard A. Lovett - National Geographic - 12 July 2012 Comments

Pluto's newest known moon, called P5 (for now), shines dimly in a Hubble Space Telescope picture. Image courtesy NASA; ESA; M. Showalter, SETI Institute Only a year after Hubble Space Telescope...

TAGGED: SPACE

Science journalism through the looking glass

Chris Chambers and Petroc Sumner - The Guardian - 11 July 2012 Comments

Professor Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame, is photographed at a press conference last week following the announcement of the particle's probable discovery. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, SCIENCE

Letter to Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission

- - Maryam Namazie - 11 July 2012 Comments

Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain met with Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), on 28 June to...

TAGGED: ISLAM, LAW, SECULARISM

Existence of Atheists Offends Christians

- - Atheist Revolution - 11 July 2012 Comments

Of all the messages I've seen on atheist billboards, this has always been one of my favorites. It is brief, simple, and tells atheists that there are others like them. Oh, and it also offends...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Outline and review of arguments and controversies generated by Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion:

m - JottedLines.com - 11 July 2012 Comments

Right from the publication of his first major work “The Selfish Gene Theory”, Richard Dawkins is never free of controversy. While Dawkins is impeccable as a scholar and an academic, most of his...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Mr. Deity and the Hitch

- - YouTube - Misterdeity - 10 July 2012 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDaYR-VUL_k&feature=player_embedded#! Timmy tells Mr. Deity that Hitch has arrived at the Pearly...

TAGGED: HUMOR

Death of scientific evidence mourned on Parliament Hill

Meagan Fitzpatrick - CBC News - 10 July 2012 Comments

Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government. Scientists and their...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SOCIETY

Evolution? I don't believe it. Haven't you heard of Nessie?

Irena Barker - TES magazine - 10 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Jonny Scaramanga for the link They confidently claim that the Loch Ness monster disproves Darwinism and that there is clear proof of creationism. But that has not stopped a set of...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION, SCIENCE

The Good Fight

Eric Michael Johnson - Scientific American - 10 July 2012 Comments

What would it take for you to give your life to save another? The answer of course is two siblings or eight cousins, that is, if you’re thinking like a geneticist. This famous quip, attributed to...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION

Related birds evolve different songs and colours

Victoria Gill - BBC News - 10 July 2012 Comments

The closely related blackpoll warbler (left) and yellow warbler (right) look and sound very different. Canadian Researchers have discovered a pattern in birds' songs and plumage that help explain...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Richard Dawkins Calls Church's Tax-Exempt Status a 'Disgrace'

By Stoyan Zaimov - N. America - 10 July 2012 Comments

Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has called the tax-exempt status given to churches a "disgrace," and has insisted that atheists and the non-religious are just as generous and good as religious...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Allah ordered the execution

Maryam Namazie - Maryam Namazie - 10 July 2012 Comments

Note that YouTube has flagged the video below as content unsuitable for some viewers Below is a Reuter’s report of a woman being executed near Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban this Sunday. It...

TAGGED: HATE, RELIGION