Missing Alcatraz? What if you could take a pill to forget that you’re missing it?

Alcatraz isn’t on tonight, but I’ve been meaning for some time to discuss one of the interesting ideas raised on the show. It’s one that other sci-fi has explored before: the idea that memories make us who we are, and that there could be a treatment for twisted thinking or simply intense sadness or anger [Read More...]

Does the Earth Rotate? Check Out What REAL Biblical Literalism Looks Like

This video has everything one would expect from pseudoscientific charlatans like Ken Ham and his ilk. Appeal to the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters, emphasis that if the Bible is wrong about one thing then it could be wrong about others, scientific misinformation, denunciation of what scientists claim and demand people without [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More...]

A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wrote. In it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we [Read More...]

Grand Canyon, Bigger Lies

A geologist from the NCSE explains why young-earth creationism’s Flood geology doesn’t fit the evidence: In other related news, it sounds like we haven’t heard the last of creationism bills in Indiana. [Read more...]

The God Particle Found!

Today’s Dilbert is subtle. It serves as a nice illustration of the confusion created when physicists talk about the “God particle” – they are not using God in the sense of a personal deity liable to add hassles to one’s life by issuing awkward commandments… [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani

“The Mark of the Rani” was the first episode in which the Sixth Doctor traveled back into a famous period in Earth’s past – in this case, the time of the Luddite movement and its opposition to technology that threatened to eliminate human jobs. This setting provides the symbolic background for discussions between three timelords [Read More...]

Fringe: A Better Human Being (Hubris and Fidelity in the Multiverse)

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “A Better Human Being,” explored a couple of interesting religious and philosophical themes related to modern science and scientific possibilities. The more obvious of the two relates to the doctor who, when using IVF to help women get pregnant, implanted them with “improved” genetic material to try to make “a better [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists Believe Supernovas are Beautiful Lies told by God

Young-earth creationists, strictly speaking, can’t believe that there are such things as “supernovas” in the sense in which other people use that term. That term refers to stars exploding in faraway parts of the universe. For instance, the NASA page about one supernova visible in recent memory, SN 1987A, says this: “The star is 163,000 light-years away [Read More...]

Enns Responds to DeYoung about Historical Adam

Pete Enns has responded to Kevin DeYoung’s post offering ten reasons for believing in a historical Adam. Like me, Pete is not impressed, and he interacts with my response in the process of articulating his own. Click through to read it! [Read more...]

Genesis 1-3 on How to Interpret Genesis 1-3

As Evolution Weekend draws near, many of us will be taking some time to address matters related to evolution in our religious communities. Here are a diagram and a cartoon, as well as some links and other resources, that I think are useful on this occasion. First, RJS at Jesus Creed wrote a post which [Read More...]


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