Phil Plait: Where the Sun Never Sets

Worth repeating, Phil Plait's sterling words from 2005: In April, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth. … [Read more...]

What the Hell is Wrong With You Scientists??

Seriously, scientists, what is WRONG with you?? How could you not tell us about THIS?? What Prayer Does to Your Brain This video reveals how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of the human brain: the frontal lobe, the anterior cingulate, the parietal lobe, and the limbic system.It also details how a specific amount of prayer time per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s.Plus, it covers 47 scientifically proven benefits of prayer, i … [Read more...]

Doctors Work Tirelessly, Then God Performs Breathtaking Miracle

"I tell everyone, if they want to call it a modern-day miracle, this is a miracle," said Regan, 59, and a Catholic. "I have friends who are atheists who have called me and said, 'I am going back to church.' "I know some part of this is the simple desire to express boundless gratitude that a loved one survived. And another part is the ridiculous "drama" writing on the part of the reporter.But after a while, it just gets tedious. Like the 20th time you've seen an "evil twin" episode on a TV … [Read more...]

Indian, Martyr, Healer, Saint

Reporter Alyssa Newcomb penned a deeply embarrassing bit of silliness at yesterday. First American Indian on Track Toward SainthoodJake Finkbonner was near death for months with a flesh eating bacteria, but made a miraculous recovery that the Vatican credited to The Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, marking the second miracle for the 17th century Mohawk-Algonquin woman and clearing the way for her to become the first American-Indian saint.Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree Monday … [Read more...]

Tough Questions for Believers

From an email: Dear Mr Hank Fox,To promote skepticism/critical thinking I wrote some questions for the Christian believer. Mefiante from South African Skeptics made a good translation. She is now working at the last part. The most sophisticated questions. Are you able to put the link to these questions at your blog?Thank you very much,Piet – Rotterdam – Netherlands … [Read more...]

Human roots, goddy bark

Back when I was about 30, a friend had his dog put down. We worked at a ranch and the Boss didn’t like the fact that this guy, who lived in the bunkhouse with me and one other cowboy, had two big dogs, one of which had been accused more than once of harassing the horses.So Farfel had to go. Tom took him in to the vet, coming back in about half an hour, the deed done. He was quieter than normal, but we barely noticed. None of us had anything in our lives to guide us in how to treat someone who l … [Read more...]