Answers in Genesis Writer Defends Chemotherapy Only to Face Criticism from Faithful Followers

I sometimes browse the Answers in Genesis Facebook page.

Aside from providing comic relief to an otherwise boring day, it answers all of my most pressing questions:

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Analyzing the Rainbow Just Wouldn’t Be As Effective

Richard Dawkins wrote this memorable passage in Unweaving the Rainbow:

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?

It’s a beautiful passage that really celebrates the joy of life in a non-religious way. But John Danaher at h+ Magazine isn’t moved by it:

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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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