A Book About Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible

I want Jerry Coyne‘s new book: Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Now. But apparently I have to wait several months since it’s not out till May…

Doesn’t mean I can’t pre-order it many times over.



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How Would Discovering Extraterrestrial Life Affect the World’s Religions?

According to Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub, a majority of atheists believe in extraterrestrial life. That’s one of the revelations he discusses in his new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life:

Specifically, he found that 55% of atheists believed in aliens while the number was lower for religious believers. Only 44% of Muslims, 37% of Jews, 36% of Hindus, and 32% of Christians felt the same way.

This is actually not a surprising claim.

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We Understand That the “Fittest” Survive, but How Did They Get That Way in the First Place?

How do random mutations in our genes really create the kind of diversity of life we see in the world today? Charles Darwin certainly had no idea, since the genetic revolution happened long after he died.

Now, researcher and evolutionary biologist Dr. Andreas Wagner has written a book explaining how life can adapt in a way that’s much faster than simple random variations. It’s called Arrival of the Fittest:

In the excerpt below, Wagner explains the concept of the “Universal Library”:

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Happy Early Logic Day!

Last year, 9-year-old Xavier Hanson wondered if there was a non-religious holiday where people gave presents to each other. Unable to find a secular Christmas, he created his own solution: Celebrating Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s birthday (October 5) with presents involving nature and science! He’s calling it #LogicDay:



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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Problematic George W. Bush Misquote

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations.

One of them in particular invoked something President George W. Bush supposedly said after 9/11 (beginning at 1:35):



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