Sneaky Trick

This comment by Arcseconds seemed worth quoting on the blog. It is part of a discussion of a recent attempt by P. Z. Myers to make the infamous “religion is inherently opposed to science” claim. I accept that you and Myers admit that religious people can be excellent scientists.  But by reifying religion and science [Read More...]

Prometheus’ Sin

There is a sample chapter from P. Z. Myers’ book The Happy Atheist on the Random House website. The chapter’s title is “Prometheus’ Sin,” and it opens with these words: Why are science and religion in conflict? Because changing ideas and new knowledge are sacrilegious. The the dichotomy that is Myers’ premise, as it is explored [Read More...]

Facts Should Change Your Beliefs

Hemant Mehta shared the above image. I obviously agree with the sentiment. No one should think that this stance is an atheist one. Certainly, many atheists are committed to being rational. But if you have talked to an atheist who is an anti-vaxxer or a Jesus-mythicist, then you realize the two are not synonymous. Likewise [Read More...]

Bible Against Climate Change

The video above features politicians reprehensibly appealing to the Bible as though it can be used to discount the evidence for climate change, or the likelihood that its long-term impact with be catastrophic. It would make more sense to argue from the fact that there never was a worldwide flood, that non-coastal regions will probably [Read More...]

Spotting Bad Science and Scholarship

I became aware of this infographic a while back, and wanted to comment on it, both in relation to science and also in terms of how it relates to other fields.   Some of the details are relevant only to the natural sciences – there is no way to double blind test a historical reconstruction. [Read More...]

There Will Never Be Another

I like this quote from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” It illustrates many things – that one can find meaning in telling the story of the universe in a scientifically-informed way, that discussion of natural processes does not have to lead to the conclusion that life is meaningless rather than incredibly precious. [Read More...]

Kepler the Young-Earth Creationist?

I’ve been meaning for a while to blog about an article by Hank Campbell which reflected on an episode of Cosmos. He notes the tendency to poke fun at Archbishop Usher’s calculation of the age of the earth, so badly wrong from our perspective, while never poking fun at Johannes Kepler, who held a similar [Read More...]

Science and Mistakes

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Science, Religion, and Culture (New Journal)

I recently had a new journal drawn to my attention, which some readers may also be interested to know about if they aren’t already aware of it. Science, Religion, and Culture is open access, and so click through and take a look to see if it is of interest, either to read or to submit [Read More...]

When Science Fiction Becomes Fact

HT to Jeff Carter for sharing the link to This Isn’t Happiness, which shared the above infographic. While the importance of science fiction is not limited to or even necessarily focused in its ability to accurately predict future science and technology, it should not be missed that it also does that – sometimes by inspiring [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

In a Facebook group I am a part of, Geoffrey Jones shared this helpful collection of excerpts from Jewish and Christian texts indicating that the ancient interpreters of the Bible understood the firmament to be solid: “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, the middle layer of water solidified,and the nether [Read More...]


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