Stephen Pinker Makes The Case Against The “Blank Slate”

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Anti-Gay Visiting Law Professor At NYU Causes Controversy

Jill at Feministe gives the basics: Oh this story is so easy to critique. The summary is this: NYU Law, my alma mater, invited National University of Singapore professor Dr. Li-ann Thio to teach as a visiting professor. Dr. Thio is slated to teach “Human Rights in Asia,” and is certainly an accomplished academic and politician. However, Dr. Thio also has some, uh, questionable views on homosexuality and gay rights — she compared anal sex to “shoving a straw up… Read more

Debunking Creationists: Water

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Daily Hilarity: Abraham and Isaac

That Mitchell and Webb Look dramatizes another Bible sotry: Read more

Daily Hilarity: “Mr. Deity And The Scripts”

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Teen Pregnancies And STDs Up

Has this resulted from efforts to scale back sex education in schools during the Bush years as the social left claims?  Or is it because of increased sexual licentiousness throughout the culture as the social right claims? Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body. In a report… Read more

PZ Myers And Sam Harris On Atheist Activism And Everyday Encounters

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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 AtheisTube for the heads up! Your Thoughts? Read more

Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity On The Lion And The Lamb

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Jimmy Carter Breaks With Southern Baptists Over Views Of Women

Good for President Carter: After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church — and he’s decided it’s time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision “unavoidable” after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be “subservient to their husbands.” Said Carter in an essay in The Age: [It was an] unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected… Read more

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