A new book explains what every teenager should know about evolution

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Professor Craig Stanford has written a new book explaining what teenagers need to know about evolution called, Evolution: What Every Teenager Should Know.Stanford, who is a professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Jane Goodall Research Center, says of evolution: Unlike other subjects that American students are expected to understand and accept, the subject of evolution still creates such controversy that millions of … [Read more...]

A creationist is suing Richard Dawkins for $58 million claiming he was called stupid


In what might be one of the strangest lawsuits of the year, author and creationist Karl L. Dahlstrom, is suing evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins for $58 million in damages claiming that in 1989 Dawkins called him "stupid" for not believing in evolution.As reported by Friendly Atheist, the source of the complaint comes from a 1989 book review Dawkins wrote for the New York Times in which he said that “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to beli … [Read more...]

5 of the worst scientific claims to come from the Christian right

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Creationist Ken Ham's insistence that aliens are going to hell is just the tip of the icebergAsk certain vocal members of the Christian right about science, and it won’t take you long to discover that their conception of the discipline is somewhat different from how it’s normally understood. Their version of it isn’t like the kind practiced at universities and in hospitals; it’s a special, watered-down version of science, one that adapts to fit into their biblical view of the world. … [Read more...]

Jerry Coyne makes a solid argument that religion and science are not compatible


It is one of the biggest questions of our time: Are religion and science compatible? Many religious leaders argue that it is and change religious doctrines to fit modern day scientific findings. This is seen in today's Catholic Church in which Popes have argued that evolution is true or accept the Big Bang as the beginning of the Universe.They posit of course that this was God's plan, and at face value, this alone does not force religion and science to be at odds.But as Jerry Coyne … [Read more...]

Studies suggest young people dislike ‘anti-science’ Christianity, so Ken Ham blames Churches

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Young people seem to be leaving the church in fairly large numbers. This trend was first noticed in a 2011 Barna Group study that was published in the book You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking, by Barna president David Kinnaman.In the study, Kinnaman found that: One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are … [Read more...]

A Bill Nye The Science Guy documentary is in the works

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Film Producers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg have launched a $650,000 Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on science educator Bill Nye, best known as “The Science Guy.”The film will be directed by Seth Gordon. Gordon’s documentary credits include “Freakonomics,” “The King of Kong” and “Finders Keepers.” He has also directed the films “Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief” and “Four Christmases.”Nick Pampenella, one of the producers of the film wrote and produced Bill Nye’s live show “ … [Read more...]

Ken Ham says Richard Dawkins is not an atheist because the Bible says so

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Ken Ham is convinced atheists do not exist. Mostly because the Bible claims they don't and secondly because Richard Dawkins is an honest person who says he does not know what happens after we die. He originally published this article in 2014 but is trying to revive it again and sharing it endlessly on Twitter. "There are no atheists. But wait, you say, don’t people like Richard Dawkins and many of his followers claim they are atheists? Don’t we call the new breed of activist atheists “The New At … [Read more...]

Bill Nye: ‘Homosexuality exists across multiple species’

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Bill Nye The Science Guy has a message for those who have an issue with homosexuality, and those who call it "unnatural" and his message is pretty clear: "Homosexuality exists across species and throughout nature. Bonobo monkeys, for example, exhibit homosexuality. And Bonobo monkeys aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Basically what I'm tryina' say is live & let live, people."In a video for Big Think, Nye answers the question of whether or not homosexuality makes evolutionary … [Read more...]

This intelligent design ‘laboratory’ is a stock photo


This is an awesome find by Ars Technica.A video that was released by the intelligent design (ID) "think tank" the Discovery Institute showing a "researcher" in a laboratory setting.An Ars Technica writer wondered why IDers would need a laboratory seeing as how ID does not rely on a single bit of actual scientific research and their laboratory resides inside a Bible and inside their undereducated imaginations. "Although the video was datelined from the “Biologic Institute” of the Dis … [Read more...]

Louisiana is using Bibles in public school science classrooms


 Recently I posted about Louisiana and other states using taxpayer dollars to teach creationism.Well, as it turns out, it's getting even worse.Activist Zack Kopplin wrote in Slate this week after he obtained school emails via public records request from the Bossier Parish school district. What Kopplin found is that the school district is using the science classroom as a place to preach religious fundamentalism.One example Kopplin uses comes from Shawna Creamer, a science … [Read more...]