Three-Year-Old Girl Schools Ellen DeGeneres on the Periodic Table of Elements

We may have just found the next great science communicator.

Three-year-old Brielle appeared on The Ellen Show yesterday to show off her thorough knowledge of the periodic table of elements, which she first started learning about six months ago. As if that weren’t enough to make most adults feel inadequate, she also knows all the states and their capitals, the countries in Europe and Africa, and the Presidents.

She’s really stinkin’ cute, too.



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Satanists Thank Christian Legal Group for Paving the Way for Their Own Success

If you think about what the Satanic Temple has accomplished recently, it’s impressive for any group, much less one you didn’t even know existed before 2013.

They pressured Oklahoma to reconsider a Ten Commandments monument at its State Capitol building because they wanted a statue of Baphomet in the same space. (The Christian monument was eventually deemed illegal, anyway.) They got a Florida school district to ban Bible distributions because they wanted to give away Satanic-themed coloring books. They got a Satanic display in the Florida State Capitol building to join the Nativity scene last winter. And, perhaps most significantly, they sued the Governor of Missouri on behalf of a member who didn’t want to wait for the 72-hour mandatory waiting period to pass before she could obtain an abortion. She used the argument that waiting so long violated her “religious freedom.”

It’s easy to forget that the Satanic Temple doesn’t actually believe in anything supernatural, including Satan. Yet they’ve forced government officials to recognize that if they want to grant privileges to the Christian majority by saying the door is open to all religions, they may have to treat Satanists the same way. It’s an argument that doesn’t always work with atheist groups who explicitly reject God.

Valerie Tarico, writing at Salon, spoke with the group’s leader Lucien Greaves about their activism, and he makes some excellent points:

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Christians on Twitter Are Complaining About Today’s Evolution Google Doodle

If you’ve been on Google today, then you’ve seen the doodle marking the 41st anniversary of the discovery of Lucy, a set of fossils that helped us understand our species’ own origins:

As predicted yesterday, some Christians on Twitter are already complaining about how this is some sort of assault on their faith:

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White Christians Are Now in the Minority While the Young “Nones” Are on the Rise

According to Pew Research Center data published in the National Journal, white Christians are finally in the minority, dropping from 55% of the population in 2007 to 46% today.

In contrast, the generations born after 1981 — the older and younger Millennials — are continuing the trend of shedding their religious labels. More than a third of their populations are “Unaffiliated,” making that the largest demographic in both age groups.



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A Collection of Essays by Christopher Hitchens Has Just Been Published

Christopher Hitchens died nearly four years ago, yet his presence is still felt by so many atheists I hear from today. They loved his books, they admire his passion, and they still watch his debates and lectures online. While it may come as a surprise to some readers that his criticism often strayed beyond religion, that was the focus of most of his commentary for decades.

Today marks the release of a collection of Hitchens’ previously published essays called And Yet… (Simon & Schuster, 2015). It includes his thoughts on George Orwell, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, and so many more.



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