Empirically Testing Theological Claims

PZ Myers recaps some of the highlights of what he found to be a frustratingly insubstantial discussion between historian of science Ron Numbers and creationist Paul Nelson.  Myers writes: His example was to talk about the argument from imperfections, the fact that many of the points Coyne made as evidence of evolution were from sub-optimal [Read More...]

Does Faith Make You An Idiot?

In reply to my recent posts on atheism and fundamentalism, a friend writes to me privately: Alright, first of all, I won’t pretend to have read everything with the thread or understand it all, but I do think I grasp the basic argument: Is it moral for atheists to try to get others to conform [Read More...]

An Argument For Gay Marriage And Against Traditionalism

I am puzzled by appeals to history to oppose gay marriage because history is only the story of what people have done and never of itself directly tells us anything about right or wrong.  Results of history can serve as warnings about effective and uneffective approaches to goal x or goal y but what people [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins Interviews Jesuit Astronomer Father George Coyne

An utterly fascinating dialogue, Coyne throughout is a novel, deeply scientifically informed, and riveting thinker and Dawkins puts exactly the right questions and brief challenges to him.  Watch all 7 parts, they’re great. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

A New Common Ancestor Found

They say it’s a lemur-like creature from 47 million years ago: [Read more...]

Stephen Pinker Makes The Case Against The “Blank Slate”

Thanks to AtheisTube for the find. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

What Makes Humans Unique?

This is a fascinating, illuminating, and myth-debunking lecture from neurologist Robert Sapolsky.  He goes through a number of features of our nature, shows how they are shared with other animals and how we take these features to another level.  And in the end it’s paradoxical and inspirational. It’s long but worth the time. Thanks to [Read More...]

Is God Needed For Us To Care About Starving Kids A World Away?

A few weeks ago now, I wrote a post, Commitment To Value Without God, in which I discussed how even when I was a Christian, I realized that I did not need to make reference to God in order to either psychologically recognize the value of sumptuous food or good friendship or any of various [Read More...]

Naturalism As True By Definition

Jason Streitfeld weighs in on the question of naturalism or supernaturalism, treated by Sean Carroll here, John Pieret here, and Shane and me in these this post and then this one. Streitfeld’s post is excellent so read it in full. Scientists do not rely on any notion of the supernatural to formulate their conception of [Read More...]


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