The Responsibility Of Religious Leaders For The Ignorance Of Religious Laypeople

A teaser excerpt from Richard Dawkins’s upcoming defense of evolution is up online. His boldest claim—evolution deniers are as bad as Holocaust deniers. This book is necessary. I shall be using the name “historydeniers” for those people who deny evolution: who believe the world’s age is measured in thousands of years rather than thousands of [Read More...]

Dawkins’s Dream: To Persuade Muslim World Of Evolution

Via RichardDawkins.net, comes this piece from The Guardian: None of Professor Dawkins’ books, on evolution as well as religion, has ever been translated into Arabic, and his work has been heavily censored in Turkey. In an interview with The Times, he said that popularising evolution in the Islamic world, where creationist beliefs are strong, was [Read More...]

Is Old Earth Geology A Godless Plot To Hate God Perpetuated By Godless God Haters?

PZ Myers has a fascinating post on the history of geology which traces the first discoveries of evidence for an old earth by regular old tyme religious people during centuries wherein challenging belief in God was very few people’s top priority.  The advent of Darwinism did not set in motion a conspiracy of atheists who [Read More...]

When Should A Scientist’s Faith Disqualify Him From Scientific Institutional Authority?

In reply to this post addressing previous objections that Wandering Internet Commentator made to me, WIC returns volley (sentences in italics are quotes he has taken from my previous post to him): I anticipated creationists figuring in your reply. The problem is, though, I’m not really sure they’re the best example of religion ‘polluting’ the [Read More...]

What’s Wrong With Religious Scientists?

As we have already noted previously, Jerry Coyne has attacked the notion that scientific illiteracy can be blamed on the recent rise of the New Atheists as though they have scared religious people away from science in their mere 5 years as an identifiable movement. Recently in reply to this debate between “New Atheists” like [Read More...]

Qualia Soup Explains Evolution

This video is must-see if only for the fascinating history of the banana towards the end if nothing else. [Read more...]

Natural Selection In The Modern Human Species

Yale University’s Stephen Stearns argues we’re not done evolving: Stearns hired a postdoc, Sean Byars, and together with Govindaraju and Douglas Ewbank, a University of Pennsylvania demographer, set to work analyzing a handful of medically relevant traits for their effects on women’s lifetime reproductive rates. They measured the statistical associations between the traits and family [Read More...]

Digital Intelligent Design?

In reply to this new video arguing for Intelligent Design: Mark Chu-Carroll writes: They claim that DNA is “digital information”. What does that mean?Three possible definitions of digital information: Information consisting of a collection of numbers. Information encoded in any discrete form which can be represented by a sequence of symbols. Information which can be [Read More...]

Same Facts Different Views?

Is the difference between a creationist and an evolutionist just a choice of interpretive frameworks to apply to the same facts?  Is the problem only their disagreement in “presuppositions?”  PZ Myers explains why this isn’t so as part of his report on his trip to the Creation “Museum” which discusses the sign pictured below with Blaghag:  This is their [Read More...]


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