Richard Dawkins talks about aliens and evolution in recent interview

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A Friend of the Danthropology blog and host of The Thinking Atheist podcast, Seth Andrews sat down with Richard Dawkins and the two discussed aliens, evolution and whether or not children are born scientists.The interview was conducted in Vancouver, Canada at the Imagine No Religion Conference. … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Bill Nye discusses his connection to Carl Sagan in upcoming documentary (video)

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The makers of the Bill Nye documentary have posted a rough cut from their upcoming film in which Bill Nye discusses his connection to Carl Sagan and the impact he had on Nye's show "Bill Nye, the Science Guy.""Carl Sagan changed my life," said Nye, after discussing the profound impact Sagan had on his career. That influence led Nye to focus his television show on pure science, not simply engineering -- not showing children how a bridge is built, for example, without first discussing the … [Read more...]

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First measles death in 12 years hits US

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The measles outbreak that hit the US in 2014 brought the disease back into the national spotlight, sparking the next wave of vaccination debates around the country. Over 140 people were infected in an outbreak that started at Disneyland in Southern California and was linked to a number of unvaccinated individuals passing the disease along as they traveled the country.Now, after 11 confirmed cases in Washington state this year alone, a woman has died of the disease. This is the first US death … [Read more...]

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Lawyers begin arguing the Ark Encounter tax incentive case in federal court

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Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the federal court case brought against the State of Kentucky by Answers in Genesis over the 18 million dollar tax incentive that the state revoked late last year.Tourism officials "took this reflexive, kind of allergic reaction to religion" when it rejected the ark project's participation in the tax incentive program in December, said Louisiana State Representative Mike Johnson, who is also the lawyer for Answers in Genesis. The incentive program … [Read more...]

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When a non-believer faces tragedy

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I'm a medical anomaly, of sorts. Aside from being the most accident prone member of my family, breaking a wrist and getting sand lodged in my eye in one summer, I was also diagnosed with juvenile, type one, diabetes when I was seven. Needless to say, I was in and out of hospitals pretty regularly.So when I was ten and they had me get an x-ray of my chest, I didn't think much of it. At this point, I was used to new tests being done. I couldn't link the x-ray in any way with my diabetes, but I … [Read more...]

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Louisiana is using Bibles in public school science classrooms

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 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...]

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Jim Bob Duggar may have covered up his son’s crimes to continue homeschooling

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If Josh Duggar had been charged for his crimes of sexually assaulting minors and labeled a sex offender, the Duggars would have had a whole new problem on their hands.Homeschool laws in Arkansas actually help protect children.Homeschooling laws in Arkansas, the state the Duggar family resides, would have forbidden the Duggars from homeschooling their children if Jim Bob or Michelle Duggar had reported their son Josh Duggar's crimes of sexual assault.The homeschool law, No. 1787 of … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham says building his ark is more important than feeding the homeless

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A common question asked when the religious ask for massive sums of money for construction or personal projects is, “why not use that money for something better, like feeding the homeless?”Well, this is exactly what is being asked of Ken Ham, who is trying to raise 29.5 million dollars to build a life-size ark that he believes resembles the Noah’s Ark story from the Bible. "Nearly every time I post an update on the exciting Ark Encounter project, there seem to be those habitual complainers wh … [Read more...]

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AD episode seven completely derails the biblical narrative

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AD is such a difficult series for me to follow anymore, let alone take seriously. Given how the producers had offered apologetics, rather than actual stories from the Bible, for the original Bible series from two years ago, it only makes sense that they would start showing episodes that they imagined themselves.Like in every post I have made on the show, the episode preys on the audience' uninformed ideas of history, politics, education, and government. It is apologetics disguised as … [Read more...]

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