XKCD’s Randall Monroe’s Ted Talk Answering “What If” Questions

The man behind XKCD, live, answering what about what would happen if a baseball were thrown at near the speed of light and “if all Google’s data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” Thanks to Shira for the heads up! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Learn Cosmology From A Cosmologist, Not An Apologist

Counter Apologist points to this interview by SkyDivePhil with the renowned cosmologist Sir Roger Penrose talking about Conformal Cyclic Cosmology. The hardly any of the interview addresses religious apologetics, at the 20:05 mark he is asked about William Lane Craig’s interpretation of the meaning of CCC and Penrose explains how Craig misunderstands it. Counter-Apologist explains [Read More...]

What Is Physics?

Padawan Physicist, a physics graduate student with a love of philosophy and Camels With Hammers, has started a new blog to explain physics and its relevance to everyday atheists’ worldviews. In his inaugural post, he defines physics and what its three basic jobs are. In his follow up post, of special interest to Schrödinger fans, he gives a State of the Cat address. [Read more...]

The Higgs Boson

I figured with the big Higgs Boson news today, I would repost this fantastic video explaining what the Higgs Boson is and then round up some more resources for learning more about it and about what the discovery of a new particle today was and what it means. Go to PhD Comics for individual images from the [Read More...]

Higgs Boson Research Explained With Cool Cartoon

I can’t say I understand all of this but it’s fascinating to try: Go to PhD Comics for individual images from the video. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

What Is Matter?

Learn in a couple minutes: I ran this by a padawan physicist (i.e., a physics graduate student) and here was his verdict on the accuracy: [Read more...]

Two Arguments for Evolution by Rational Selection

Although there is some empirical justification for the Principles of Sufficient Reason and Plenitude, much of the discussion of the logic of creation and evolution by rational selection has been highly abstract.  It has been a priori; a matter of pure reason.  But it is reasonable to demand empirical justification for those metaphysical theories.  To [Read More...]

On Evolution by Rational Selection

Almost all atheists are surely aware of Darwinian evolution, which is evolution by natural selection, and which explains the history of life on earth.  Universal Darwinism is the thesis that evolutionary principles operate beyond earthly biology.  Of course, not all things have genes or compete for survival in ecosystems.  More general evolutionary theories need not [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...]