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Wanted: The hottest science blogs on the world wide web

Science Blog - guadian.co.uk - 04 June 2010 40 Comments

Via Pharyngula Original link The Guardian science desk is hunting down the sharpest, funniest, most fascinating science blogs on the internet. And we need your help ... Are there websites or...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, WEBSITE

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

Antonio Damasio - TED - 01 January 2012 78 Comments

Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question...

TAGGED: PSYCHOLOGY

The Evolution of the God Gene

Nicholas Wade - New York Times - 16 November 2009 45 Comments

Thanks to LWS for the link. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/weekinreview/12wade.html IN the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico, the archaeologists Joyce Marcus and Kent Flannery have gained a remarkable...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, PALEONTOLOGY

Is “epigenetics” a revolution in evolution?

Jerry Coyne - WhyEvolutionIsTrue.wordpress.com - 21 August 2011 27 Comments

One often hears the suggestion that the neo-Darwinian view of evolution is on the skids, and that that view will be completely changed—if not overturned—by new biological ideas like modularity,...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, SCIENCE

But can they suffer?

Richard Dawkins - RD.net and BoingBoing - 29 June 2011 132 Comments

The great moral philosopher Jeremy Bentham, founder of utilitarianism, famously said,’The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” Most people get the...

TAGGED: MORALITY, RICHARD DAWKINS

Are You a Believer? Take The Dawkins Test.

Mark Cheney - big think - 09 April 2012 99 Comments

Do you believe in God? Sometimes this question warrants more than just a  yes  or  no  answer. To categorize one's own beliefs about the possibility of the existence of...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

- - The Indian Express - 13 June 2012 37 Comments

A cleric in Pakistan's Punjab province has warned that a jihad would be launched against polio vaccination teams at a time when the World Health Organisation has expressed concern at the emergence...

TAGGED: ISLAM

God is not probable in Sweden (Gud finns nog inte)

[Update 6/10] Swedish Humanist Association Bus - resume.re - 08 June 2009 108 Comments

Thanks to Dennis for the link and translation. http://www.resume.se/nyheter/2009/06/08/gud-finns-nog-inte/index.xml *God is not probable in Sweden* According to the new posters in Sweden’s...

TAGGED: CAMPAIGNS

Religion for Atheists: a Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion

Reviewed by John Gray - New Statesman - 21 February 2012 56 Comments

Religion for Atheists: a Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion Alain de Botton Hamish Hamilton, 320pp, £18.99 “Religion," writes Alain de Botton, "is above all a symbol of what exceeds us and...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, RELIGION, REVIEWS

The Real Cost Of Religious Faith

The Atheist Experience - youtube.com - 25 February 2011 119 Comments

original link Mark calls in to let the hosts know they are going to burn in hell. Jeff and Matt throw him for a loop that he was not expecting. He was not at all prepared to adequately respond to...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

- - YouTube - SorokChyetirye - 02 May 2012 55 Comments

SOURCE: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/deconstructing-atheism-6393 What do you think? Patrick Coffin is the host of Catholic Answers Live, an intercontinental and international...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, INTERVIEWS, RELIGION, SEAN FAIRCLOTH

Can you really be addicted to the internet?

Polly Curtis - The Guardian - 14 January 2012 27 Comments

Chinese scientists have observed differences in the brains of people who obsessively use the internet similar to those found in people who have substance addictions. Is this proof that the internet...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, TECHNOLOGY

The Gruen Transfer - The Pitch: Banning All Religion

The Gruen Transfer - YouTube - woklakadu - 07 September 2011 54 Comments

Thanks to Jason Ball for the link!

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY

[UPDATE - BBC link added] 300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

Polly Dunbar - MailOnline - 19 October 2011 134 Comments

[UPDATE - BBC link added] Thanks to Ivan the Not So Terrible for the link From the BBC website, with video clips from the documentary: BBC News: Spain's Stolen Babies 300,000 babies...

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The enigma of America's secular roots

Sam Haselby - guardian.co.uk - 04 January 2011 25 Comments

Thanks to LWS for the link Joel Barlow's disavowal of Christianity as the basis for US government in the 1797 treaty of Tripoli is a mystery John Adams, who served as US president between...

TAGGED: SECULARISM

Man made god - with Andy Thomson - Parts1-5

DPRJONES - YouTube - dprjones - 01 January 2012 98 Comments

History shows that man has made many gods and godesses. God making appears to be part of the human psyche. And man has been prolific in exercising this trait. All recorded...

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS

The Great Bus Mystery

Richard Dawkins - The Atheist's Guide To Christmas - 25 September 2009 157 Comments

The Great Bus Mystery Richard Dawkins I was hoofing it down Regent Street, admiring the Christmas decorations, when I saw the bus. One of those bendy buses that mayors keep threatening with the...

TAGGED: BOOKS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

Ross Andersen - The Atlantic - 23 April 2012 53 Comments

"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable." It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that...

TAGGED: PHYSICS

How to Make Eyeball Stew - Editor’s choice in developmental biology

Hannah Waters - TheScientist - 14 March 2012 11 Comments

For nearly two decades now, developmental biologist Yoshiki Sasai from Japan’s RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology has slaved away to perfect a recipe: the culture medium that could induce mouse...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Trial of the Will

Christopher Hitchens - Vanity Fair - 08 December 2011 40 Comments

Reviewing familiar principles and maxims in the face of mortal illness, Christopher Hitchens has found one of them increasingly ridiculous: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Oh, really?...

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