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Wanted: The hottest science blogs on the world wide web

Science Blog - guadian.co.uk - 04 June 2010 46 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

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

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

[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

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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Press Release: "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" Rallies Are Religious Oppression

Blair Scott - American Atheists - 06 June 2012 4 Comments

American Atheists, an atheist civil rights group dedicated to atheists’ civil rights and the separation of religion and government, announced today that the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies...

TAGGED: ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE, RELIGION

Military Proselytizing by the Gideons – and how we stopped it.

Dr. Gretchen Brendel Mann - RichardDawkins.net - 27 May 2012 31 Comments

Gideons International is an evangelical Christian organization whose mission iis to distribute Bibles in order to “lead people to faith in Christ” (Gideons International). Since 1941, the Gideons...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, RELIGION

Buddhist Retreat

John Horgan - Slate - 26 November 2011 41 Comments

Buddha: a pragamatist focused on reducing suffering For a 2,500-year-old religion, Buddhism seems remarkably compatible with our scientifically oriented culture, which may explain its surging...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Louisiana school science - your support needed please

Zack Kopplin - www.RichardDawkins.net - 17 November 2010 69 Comments

A rare and welcome good news story - but please give your support if you can to ensure that Zach's splendid work is not undone in the next few weeks. In a rare and extraordinary moment last...

TAGGED: CAMPAIGNS, CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

Atheism in Indonesia - Two articles

Marcel Thee/Camelia Pasandaran - JakartaGlobe - 20 January 2012 32 Comments

No Need to Believe: Indonesia's Atheists By Marcel Thee At first glance, Karl Karnadi may look like any other 20-something trying to find his place in the world. It doesn’t take long, however,...

TAGGED: ATHEISM