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India: Kerala churches reward big families

Ashraf Padanna - BBC News - 07 October 2011 23 Comments

Several Christian parishes in the Indian state of Kerala have begun offering incentives to couples who produce more children, officials say. One church of the Syro-Malabar denomination in...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY

Clowning helps IVF patients become pregnant: study

Lin Edwards - Physorg.com - 15 January 2011 31 Comments

Infertility researchers in Israel have found a 15-minute encounter with a clown immediately after fertility treatment dramatically increased the chances of a successful pregnancy. Dr. Shevach...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

[UPDATE] Steve Jones "risks political storm over Muslim 'inbreeding'."

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Sunday Telegraph - 06 June 2011 95 Comments

UPDATE: There's a Daily Mail (take warning) article on cousin marriages here (thanks to Dirty Kuffar for the link). One of Britain’s most eminent scientists has warned that the level of...

TAGGED: GENETICS, ISLAM

Clergy told to take on 'new atheists'

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph - 06 February 2011 241 Comments

The Church of England will this week vow to fight "new atheism" in an attempt to combat the rise of secularism and defend Christianity in Britain . Clergy are to be urged to be more vocal in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Ministers apologise for insult to Pope

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk - 23 April 2010 110 Comments

Original link The astonishing proposals, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, were contained in secret papers drawn up earlier this month by senior civil servants following a 'brainstorm’. The...

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Faith groups to be key policy advisers

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk - 15 November 2009 132 Comments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6569144/Faith-groups-to-be-key-policy-advisers.html John Denham, the communities secretary, said the values of Christians, Muslims and other...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Lord Patten attacks 'intolerant' secularists

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Sunday Telegraph - 24 April 2011 103 Comments

The new chairman of the BBC has waded into the growing row over secularism by warning that atheists are "intolerant" of religion Lord Patten of Barnes, the former Cabinet minister and a...

TAGGED: MEDIA, POLITICS, RELIGION

Church blesses fathers with beer

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk - 21 June 2009 93 Comments

Thanks to SPS for the link. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/5587035/Church-blesses-fathers-with-beer.html A senior bishop has backed the move, which is part of a Church of...

TAGGED: -, RELIGION

Natural RNA, Transgenic DNA, and What They Actually Mean for Our Food

- - The Crux - 15 January 2012 11 Comments

Earlier this week, food columnist Ari LeVaux set off a storm of media reaction with a piece with this premise: tiny plant RNAs, recently discovered to survive digestion and alter host gene...

TAGGED: GENETICS

Wanted: The hottest science blogs on the world wide web

Science Blog - guadian.co.uk - 04 June 2010 86 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

In Defense of Richard Dawkins

Christopher Hitchens - Free Inquiry - 03 February 2012 52 Comments

If you haven’t read it, you will almost certainly have seen it: the critique of Professor Richard Dawkins that arraigns him for being too “strident” in his confrontations with his critics. According...

TAGGED: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS

[UPDATED] David Attenborough joins campaign against creationism in schools

Nick Collins - The Telegraph - 19 September 2011 69 Comments

UPDATE: RICHARD SPOKE ABOUT THIS ON BBC RADIO 4's PM PROGRAMME THIS EVENING, MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER. IF YOU MISSED IT, YOU CAN HEAR IT BY CLICKING HERE AND SCROLLING FORWARD TO 33m 50s. YOU DON'T...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

Science Saved My Soul.

philhellenes - YouTube - 03 November 2010 80 Comments

Via Atheist Media Blog philhellenes YouTube channel Yes, many of those thinkers to whom I owe my mental freedom were religious, like Newton, a Christian, who believed God made the Earth but...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Atheism: A New Strategy. Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US

Sean Faircloth - RichardDawkins.net - 16 January 2012 60 Comments

Sean Faircloth is the author of the book " Attack of the Theocrats, How the Religious Right Harms Us All and What We Can Do About It ." Christopher Hitchens said there was one goal he most wanted to...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, BOOKS

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