Guest Post: “Why do some people have trouble believing science?”

The following is a guest post for Dr. Peter Coppinger: Why do some people have trouble believing science?” I’m hardly an expert on this, but I can lend my experience as a college professor. From moon-landing hoaxers to anti-vaxxers to creationists to 9/11 conspiracists, there has always been—and will always be—people that dismiss science and [Read More...]

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I don’t think I’m doing Evolution anymore.

In a previous post, a commenter left a very helpful comment. There is more proof God exists than not….. [Read more...]

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Skepticism Destroyed my Childhood Memories

I grew up with a show called “Unsolved Mysteries”. The music and presentation to it is nostalgic to me. In a moment of weakness, I hopped online and grabbed a DVD set that’s all UFO-related episodes. That was a thing within my family’s interests. [Read more...]

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PEW: 73% who seldom/never attend church say science and religion are in conflict.

Ok, big shocker courtesy of Pew: the less you go to church the more likely you are to see a conflict between science and religion:   Here’s another cool find from Pew: most American think science and religion are in conflict.  I suspect the problem comes when fundamentalists acknowledge this and think science must therefore [Read More...]

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Michaelyn’s Skepdakota talk: Religion Is Not A Mental Illness.

Michaelyn was invited to give her talk Religion Is Not A Mental Illness at Skepdakota this year.  For those who don’t know, my wife has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and is applying to med school to become a psychiatrist. And she’s right.  Of course, it doesn’t have to be a mental illness for religion [Read More...]

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NASA confirms liquid water on the surface of Mars (and why this gives me nightmares)!

Ok, because I don’t want to bury the lede, I have to start with NASA’s announcement today: there is liquid water, for part of the year, on the surface of Mars: Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances [Read More...]

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HIV vaccine successfully passes Phase 1 clinical trials. It’s worked on humans with no adverse effects.

If you live long enough with clinical depression you eventually get to the point where you see down spokes coming and realize it’ll get better in a few days, but you just have to gut it out.  This is one of those weekends.  Blargh.  Maybe I’ll write a post about it later if I feel [Read More...]

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Anti-evolution lawsuit dismissed with extreme prejudice.

Ok, since the world is apparently determined to unleash nuclear-grade stupidity today, how about some good news? An anti-evolution lawsuit in West Virginia, which sought to have evolution declared a religion, has been dismissed with prejudice: A federal lawsuit contending that teaching evolution in West Virginia’s public schools is unconstitutional is over. In thedecision (PDF) in Smith v. [Read More...]

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Graduate Students Lose Health Insurance

I know this has little to do with atheism nor is it directly about science, but this is a very important issue- potentially to the future of science. Graduate students across the country losing their health insurance benefit that was promised to us and very few media outlets are reporting about this. So far, this [Read More...]

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Huckabee’s “DNA schedule” is something no scientist has ever heard of.

Mike Huckabee made waves at the debate last night saying that science has proven personhood begins at conception due to something called a “DNA schedule”: A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that’s a huge game changer. I think it’s time to do something even more bold. I think the next [Read More...]

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