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Science and cinema

Misfire - 18 February 2012 85 Comments

Scientists are among the most unlikable characters in popular movies: they're portrayed as closed-minded, clueless, rigid, dogmatic, arrogant, heartless, and even those who do not commit the...

TAGGED: MEDIA, SCIENCE, SOCIETY

Two equally bad fallacies

Misfire - 30 January 2012 42 Comments

Take a look at this photo by Ansel Adams : Notice that there's a mountain on the right side, but not on the left. There is no law of nature that everything is balanced . The conviction that...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING

Favorites?

Misfire - 20 May 2011 1 Comments

I continue to think about an article posted here a few months ago, citing a study which concluded that Americans are not a hyperreligious outlier, but just say they're more religious than most...

TAGGED: WEBSITE

How oppressed do you feel as an atheist?

Misfire - 07 March 2011 24 Comments

I'm interested to know how other atheists have experienced difficulty or outright bigotry. My circle of friends is mostly atheist or agnostic, and in my family there are only a couple religious...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES, SOCIETY

Can anyone picture an atom?

Misfire - 19 December 2010 58 Comments

I enjoyed a recent discussion On Sky-hooks and Selfish Genes . Towards the end I wondered whether someone who knew about such things could help replace the model of an atom as a little solar...

TAGGED: PHYSICS, SCIENCE

An increased likelihood of evolving certain features?

Misfire - 29 November 2010 22 Comments

I enjoy learning about science and genetics, despite my irrelevant education. One fact which caught my attention today at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which I recommend, was that among...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION, SCIENCE

Evolution fascinates kids--what's your experience?

Misfire - 13 November 2010 22 Comments

As an atheist with the usual frustrations and the occasional axe I might think needs grinding, I like to focus on the fascinating discoveries science is making. And, I'm terribly sentimental with...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION