How Our Brain Treats Religious Beliefs and Actual Facts

Sam Harris (yes, that one) and colleagues recently published a paper titled “The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief.” The main finding is that both factual beliefs and religious beliefs are processed in our brain the same way. Whether we think Xenu brought people to Earth on his spacecraft (a belief) or that 2 [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins Makes American Media Appearances

Richard Dawkins will be the guest on The Colbert Report tonight He’ll be there to promote his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth It was fun to watch Colbert interview him three years ago, and I doubt this will be any less entertaining. It should be noted that Colbert’s guest the next day is [Read More...]

Saudi Arabian University Promotes Gender Equality

I teach math and I work with a lot of students who struggle with it… Especially in Geometry, when they have to do proofs. But when students complete their first *really* basic proof on their own, I’m pretty damn proud. Even though they have a long way to go before they’re doing “real” math, it’s [Read More...]

Creation Movie Finds U.S. Distributor

After a bit of controversy, the Creation movie starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly has a U.S. distributor! Indie distributor Newmarket is back on the acquisitions scene, picking up U.S. rights to Toronto International Film Festival opener “Creation.” Chris Ball’s and Robert Fyvolent’s company has sealed the deal for Jon Amiel’s pic about the life [Read More...]

Creationist Essay Contest… Who’s Entering?

A couple years ago, Marcus Ross received his Ph.D. in paleontology from the University of Rhode Island. His dissertation was “impeccable,” according to his advisor. The topic: “the abundance and spread of mosasaurs, marine reptiles that… vanished at the end of the Cretaceous era about 65 million years ago.” The problem was that Ross was [Read More...]