This is Why We Don’t Have to Take Science on Faith

This is just neat. Anyone who’s taken a physics class knows that a bowling ball and a feather are supposed to fall at the same speed due to the effects of gravity, but air resistance prevents that from happening in real life.

In a neat video from BBC Two, Physicist Brian Cox went to NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio and they conducted the same experiment in a vacuum chamber (where air resistance is no longer a factor).

You know how the experiment will end, but it’s still really cool to see it in action:

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Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain Why the Creation of the Universe and Life Really Aren’t All That Improbable

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains the Argument from Design — specifically, how the astronomical possibilities against the creation of the universe and life really aren’t all that improbable:

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Creationists Set to Make Monkeys of Themselves at Michigan State University Today

Students at Michigan State University are in for a real treat today: a Creationist conference called the Origin Summit! The event’s website is really quite informative, as it gives students a great preview of what’s in store for them. I’m tempted to let this actual screen capture from their site do the talking, as it pretty much sums up what you can expect:

I know, you’re already burning your science textbooks, having been swayed by such wit and reasoning. But, really, there’s so much more goodness to be had that it seems a shame not to mention at least a few more shining moments.

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Evolution Heavyweights Are Asking Georgia University to Investigate Professor Accused of Preaching Creationism

At Georgia Southern University, History professor Dr. Emerson T. McMullen (below) teaches courses that discuss science and dinosaurs. Sure, there’s a connection between them… but that’s worth looking into, right?

He also has a personal website, not technically affiliated with the school (but still hosted on its servers), where he goes into much more depth about his beliefs… and his apparent support of Creationism.

That alone might be okay. He’s allowed to hold that belief. But if he ever preached it as true, that would obviously be a problem. And that’s precisely what he’s doing, according to a joint letter sent to the university’s president by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Jerry Coyne, and Richard Dawkins.

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Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Spreads Misinformation About Vaccines, Says “I Am Not Anti-Vaccine”

True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, “Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness or our friendship is over.”

Her response: She couldn’t do it because the “rules” of the interview said that topic was off-limits.

Turns out something similar was in place for The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove, but he tried, anyway:

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