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ANIMATED Tree of Life please?

thatgingerscouser - 17 May 2011 17 Comments

I know this is akin to asking for someone to map out my genome for free, but there must be some genius out there who has decent knowledge of evolutionary biology and is good with design, animation...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Is there any genetic evidence to suggest black people are more athletic than white people?

roque - 24 May 2011 52 Comments

Hi all, In my sociology of sport class our lecturer's opinion is that there is absolutely no genetic evidence to suggest that black people are more athletic than white. Rather, his opinion is...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, SCIENCE

Debunking Atheism as a Religion

Al Stefanelli - 08 August 2010 83 Comments

For the hundredth time, I have been assualted by the definition of atheism as a religion. In my blog today, I offered up my debunking of this mind-bending argument by those who insist that...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BEHAVIOR, IRRATIONALITY, PHILOSOPHY, REASON, RELIGION, SCIENCE

Simply ... should I read the bible?

Phil-isalwayslearning - 15 August 2012 122 Comments

My first time posting here. I didn't see a similar thread, so I'm hoping this is a conversation worthy of some debate. I was not raised in a religious household. Neither of my parents are...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, RELIGION

A lawsuit too far?

Jay G - 16 August 2012 62 Comments

This article says that an atheist group is suing a school district because in its music program it uses songs with religious themes. Is this counter-productive? What about when a music teacher...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Top 5 Most Evil Religions.

hitchens_jnr - 02 September 2010 164 Comments

Okay, so we know all religion is irrational. However, some brands are more actively harmful than others. We might mock the wishy-washy "cake or death" Anglicans, but it's hard to call them evil. ...

TAGGED: CULTS, MORALITY, RELIGION, TERRORISM

Debunking Islam's ludicrous claims to scientific prescience

Richard Dawkins - 26 February 2011 69 Comments

After I give lectures, I am often approached by honest and sincere young Muslims who have been deluded into believing that important ideas of modern science were anticipated in the Koran or by...

TAGGED: ISLAM, SCIENCE

Secular wedding ceremonies - Canada

jenlaferriere - 15 July 2012 14 Comments

In planning a secular service, I'm finding it hard to access resources that have truly practical information and I've already hit a few roadblocks, e.g., trying to find a marriage commissioner...

TAGGED: SECULARISM

We are Iranians, Seculars, Non-theists, Atheists, Anti-Theists!!!

fading_shadow - 06 June 2012 5 Comments

What has prompted me to write this is a new Fatwa issued by Iranian's clergy calling for the murder of an Iranian singer (Shahin Najafi) for a song about the new Iranian's atheist movement is...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, RELIGION

A need for atheist fiction?

AtheistEgbert - 04 January 2011 82 Comments

Novels are one of the best ways to get information out to the public, and yet atheists have simply not exploited such a market. Of course, the selecting process for novels goes through editors...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, EDUCATION

The Poetry of Science

RDfan - 16 August 2012 12 Comments

In The Magic of Reality (TMOR), Richard hit upon a wonderful format. Take the myths of the world, the questions and answers that the ancients gave for all sorts of natural phenomenon, and contrast...

TAGGED: BOOKS, SCIENCE

Incest laws

foundationist - 15 January 2011 88 Comments

Hi everybody. I saw today in the news that the upper house of the Swiss parliament is considering decriminalizing incestuous sexual acts between consenting adults. Here's the Telegraph on the...

TAGGED: FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES, LAW, SOCIETY

Catholic teaching in Scotland

J-P123 - 25 February 2011 23 Comments

In Scotland, students studying at University to become teachers require approval from the Catholic Church, usually in the form of a reference from a priest, to receive placements in Catholic...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, EDUCATION, RELIGION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Darwinian points of view on homosexuality

Martijn - 09 August 2010 53 Comments

Greetings to you all from the Netherlands, Allow me to introduce myself first. My name is Martijn (sounds like Martin in English) and I am a 23 year old law student from the Netherlands. First I...

TAGGED: DARWIN, GENETICS

Fresh water Salt water doesn't mix according to Qur'an- Prof Dawkins in Real time with Bill Maher

oceans11 - 23 November 2010 111 Comments

There is a topic by TheRationalizer somewhat related to what I am going to write, but I wanted to give a particular emphasis on the fresh water salt water problem. So I am creating a new...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, EARTH SCIENCES, ISLAM, RICHARD DAWKINS

Freud and psycho-analysis: still useful?

Sjoerd Westenborg - 31 October 2011 84 Comments

First of all, I know next to nothing about psychology or psychiatry. But my girlfriend studies psychology in Brazil, where studies are apparently heavily Freud-based. When a friend of mine who...

TAGGED: PSYCHOLOGY

A Letter from a Young Mesopotamian

faisalalmutar - 01 January 2012 11 Comments

“Who are you?” That is a three-word question which I have encountered thousands of times from three kinds of people. The first are the ones who don’t know me so they ask for a little...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, CRITICAL THINKING

The Devil is Good, God is Evil

rationalist ray - 17 September 2010 30 Comments

Firstly I do not believe that either the devil or god actually exist in any other form that in peoples imaginations. But if we take an objective look at these made up fictional characters, it seems...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, MORALITY, PHILOSOPHY, REASON, RELIGION

Water-cooled nuclear power plants aren't the only option

Alan4discussion - 03 October 2011 34 Comments

I was having a look over the latest National Geographic mag, and saw this article on nuclear power generation, which could provide an interesting discussion. It seems that the problems...

TAGGED: ENVIRONMENT, PHYSICS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

Why are we so intelligent?

harryshouse - 09 September 2010 47 Comments

I am an atheist - no question. But something has always bothered me. It appears to me, that natural selection causes species to evolve to survive, but in terms of our cognitive ability, we seemed...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION