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...]

Stem-Cells Reversing Blindness

Amazing: Thanks to Unreasonable Faith and Gizmodo [Read more...]

The 90 Year Old Galapagos Giant Tortoise Virgin

until recently that is: Last Tuesday, amazed keepers discovered a clutch of unhatched eggs in his “bachelor” pen in the Galapagos Islands. No wonder they were amazed – a team of scientists have been doggedly coaxing the sullen creature to mate since 1993, when they introduced two female tortoises of a different subspecies into his [Read More...]

Animation of DNA

Gorgeous, marvelous, spell-binding, and awe-inspiring.  Nature is amazing (and scientific knowledge and animation capacities aren’t too shabby either). [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...]

Scientists Discover Not All Human Cells Are Identical

The study: Scientists in Montreal have discovered that not all human cells are identical, a surprising observation that could turn genetic research upside down. For years, scientists have worked on the assumption that, when it comes to DNA, every cell in the body is essentially similar to every other cell. But the results of a [Read More...]


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