Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact" and "We Stopped Dreaming"

At around 5am this morning on Facebook, Neil deGrasse Tyson posted links to these videos and wrote (with good reason), “I continue to be moved by what creative videographers have done with my words.” The first video is about how astonishing it is that the elements that made our emergence as physical life possible, and [Read More...]

Thinking According To Scale

PZ and Crommunist offer nice denunciations of the significance of a graphic which has been going around the internet which concludes that the chance of any given individual alive today ever existing was 1 in 102,685,000.  Below the fold is the graphic, key snippets of their remarks and the lesson to draw for how we should consider [Read More...]

Finding And Combating Aging Genes

Cynthia Kenyon at TED: via Colin Farrelly Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Is Oxytocin The "Morality Molecule"

That is Paul Zak’s theory. The video is fascinating: Now I just need to find 8 people to hug me everyday. (via Philosopher’s Haze, who you can read for a summary if you cannot watch the video for some reason). Patricia Churchland’s book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality explores the role of Oxycotin in morality [Read More...]

PZ Bait

Is this squid dead or alive? Michael at a Nadder! explains what is going on: [Read more...]

Is This A Creepy Enough Video For Halloween?

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

"Not Everything In Life Is Logical"

When we rationalists, naturalists, and other assorted atheists insist that no one should form beliefs that disregard logic and evidence, the defenders of faith often tell us that “Not everything in life is logical”, or use some variant of this phrase. What might they mean by this? Where is their confusion exactly and how best [Read More...]

Autism Linked To Absence of a Cluster of Genes

Dr Wigler suggested the missing cluster is a 27-gene grouping on chromosome 16. Most people have two sets of the cluster – individuals with autism have only one, or just fragments of the second, the researchers say. Now Dr Wigler’s colleague, Alea Mills, has found the deleted gene cluster not only plays a role in [Read More...]

A Fluorescent Green Cat Could Help Combat AIDS

For real. Learn how here. (via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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