Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views

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Backstage at Real Time with Bill Maher science communicator Bill Nye shows the world how real science is done.After publishing in his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that he is critical of GMO's he spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views and says he will be revising his book for the second edition due out in the fall of 2015.Nye said he is very excited about revising that chapter and telling people about his new view saying, "when you're in l … [Read more...]

New poll suggests more Republicans turning against evolution

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Republican presidential hopefuls such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have gone to great lengths to avoid endorsing evolutionary biology. Why is this?Well a new poll out Tuesday by Public Policy Polling found that 49% of Republicans reject the theory of evolution. So perhaps those like Walker and Jindal are afraid to upset large numbers of potential supporters.According to Talking Points Memo, The poll by the Democratic-leaning firm found that 49 percent of Republicans said they do not … [Read more...]

Video: Dawkins and Krauss say parents should not have the right to block a child’s education

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In an interview with The Irish Times, Richard Dawkins said that when it comes to education that “the balance has swung too far towards parents.” “And children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education, and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to be brought up in,” he declared. Physicist and author Lawrence Krauss, founder of Arizona State University’s Origins Project who was in Dublin with Dawkins, added that state education had to be held to dif … [Read more...]

New chart shows where politicians, including potential 2016 candidates, stand on evolution


In a chart made up by shows some of the top politician's stance on evolution and includes many of the frontrunners for the 2016 Presidential elections.TVOL prefaced their scorecard by saying, TVOL is pleased to provide an evolution scorecard and sample of quotes for all of the US presidential hopefuls. Reading through them, a sad conclusion emerges: Even those with enough backbone to say that they accept the theory of evolution have tiny brains when it comes to what they … [Read more...]

New poll shows 1 in 4 Americans unaware the Earth orbits the sun

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The National Science Foundation conducted a study of more than 2,200 participants inside the U.S. and found one rather horrifying data point.When asked,Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?1 in 4 of the participants answered incorrectly. Yup, that says 1 in 4. I wish I was joking.Samantha Grossman writing for Time could not have summed this up any better, In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis seems to be in some financial trouble


My friend Phil Ferguson has a really great post about Answers in Genesis on his blog Skeptic Money, and while he visits the Ark Encounter project and the now filed lawsuit, he uncovers something very interesting that he found over at PZ Myers blog.Answers in Genesis is spending more than they have and is almost certainly headed into a very bad financial disaster.A fellow reader of Myers' named Brian site made this great chart showing the finances of AiG.Ferguson noted that this c … [Read more...]

Von Daniken’s Delusion: Ignoring the Known, Part 1


 In the third chapter of Chariots of the God's, Erich von Daniken attempts to make his case on, again, a single hypothesis: “Archaeologists could be wrong.” I feel as though this trend will continue as I make my way further through his book. In this chapter (The Improbable World of the Unexplained), von Daniken asks his readers to essentially forget all that is known regarding the ancient world.He seems to, at this point, understand how to irrationally begin his arg … [Read more...]

I discussed the recent news around the Ark Encounter this weekend on Ask an Atheist

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I pre-recorded a segment for this weekend episode of Ask an Atheist in which we discussed the latest happenings surrounding Ken Ham's Ark Encounter project.You can listen to the whole program right here.I hope this helps clear up some of the questions people have about the project and I am still giving some thought to holding a live Google Hangout to answer more questions and misconceptions people have about the case. … [Read more...]

Ken Ham calls for ‘Darwin Was Wrong Day’


Our friend Ken Ham does not like the resolution introduced into Congress to name February 12 "Darwin Day" in the United States.Many cities, including my own in San Diego have historically recognized the day as Darwin Day and secular groups have held special readings and rallies in celebration of the amazing findings and work of Charles Darwin.But according to Creation Museum CEO Ken Ham, Secularists are becoming increasingly aggressive and intolerant in promoting their anti-God … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck claims vaccines cause autism and that anti-vaxxers are being persecuted

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Last year, Glenn Beck applauded parents who did not vaccinate their kids after learning they had been responsible for the whooping cough and measles outbreak.Now, facing the same problem again as measles cases are on the rise in the US, Beck is applauding those parents who are not only putting their kids lives at risk, but the lives of everyone else.Beck sees vaccines as a rallying point for the left and right to come together in the US, saying on this radio show, "I'm interested in … [Read more...]