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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

11/14/2009
Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

Discussion Forum

Lead Ebola Doctor In Sierra Leone Contracts It Himself

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Sentient Biped 17 hours ago. 3 Replies

Electric Bacteria

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara Jul 18. 3 Replies

Vantablack

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jul 15. 1 Reply

Roundup Ready Corn IS Toxic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 13. 7 Replies

Crowded rooms make you dumb

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Pat Jul 5. 4 Replies

American Lysenkoism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 6. 1 Reply

Big Bang, its limits, and being OK with "I don't know"

Started by Gregory Phillip Dearth. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 62 Replies

Decline of Evidence-Based Medicine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara May 16. 6 Replies

Canadian war on science

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 14. 2 Replies

Nuke close call in 1961

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 11. 3 Replies

Green Tea Boosts Brainpower

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 11. 3 Replies

Link Discovered Between Prostate Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 11. 1 Reply

Japan stepping up to space-based solar power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 4. 6 Replies

Common Gene Variation Linked to Colon Cancer

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky May 2. 5 Replies

Amazing Chameleon Vine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 25. 0 Replies

Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer's

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 23. 2 Replies

Nanoparticle Wound Glue

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 20. 0 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2012 at 2:17am

Tom, your comment sounds very familiar.

"In your post, I see a desire/need/demand (choose one) that human beings live up to an ideal that may be beyond our capacity."

I do desire, need and demand people live up to my expectations of their  potential. You got me!  I think you even caught the intensity of my scorn when a person or a nation squanders time and effort on trivia or on a nonsense war when there are so many healthy and life affirming things  to be done. I better shut up ... I am revealing what a compulsive person  I am. 

I get your point and agree, demanding evidence does get rid of a lot of foolishness that irritates me. And it makes it easier to free myself from their miserable company. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 29, 2012 at 1:26am

Joan, your "...people who want to conserve the status quo and who are unwilling to look at evidence...." can be explained.

Throughout history, people have offered imaginative explanations for events (such as the conspiracy theories we hear daily or more often, and even the claims made by religions). Demanding evidence for their explanations is the fastest way I know to get those people out of my face. My demand angers some of them.

Many of us are busy and don't have time even for theories that seem promising. I noted some years ago that the ways I told people of my need for evidence sounded very much like negative thinking.

If the status quo a scientist enjoys (salary, position, prestige, etc) is a result of work they have done, a demand for evidence is a form of protection for their status quo.

In your post, I see a desire/need/demand (choose one) that human beings live up to an ideal that may be beyond our capacity.

Comment by A Former Member on April 28, 2012 at 9:17pm

Thanks Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2012 at 2:27pm

Scientists encounter prejudices and conservatism of other scientists and the public only to be found accurate, sometimes decades later. Current disputes about weather change, political change, economic change and religious change all reveal present challenges represented by people who want to conserve the status quo and who are unwilling to look at evidence for what it can tell us. Here are just a very few and very important paradigm changes taking place right now. 

 

Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin changed the way disease is treated.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/alexander_fleming_and_penicill...

 

Edward Jenner discovered a vaccine for smallpox that killed one in three of those who caught it and badly disfigured those who survived.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/edward_jenner.htm

 

Louis Pasteur, building on the work of Edward Jenner, discovered germs that transformed medicine and pasteurized milk was named in his honor.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/louis_pasteur.htm

 

Robert Koch worked on anthrax and tuberculosis (TB) and further developed the work of Louis Pasteur.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/robert_koch.htm

 

Joseph Lister discovered the link between lack of cleanliness in hospitals and deaths after operations. For this reason, he is known as the ‘Father of Antiseptic Surgery’.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/joseph_lister.htm

 

Christian Barnard performed the first open heart transplant.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/christian_barnard.htm

 

J Harlen Bretz interpreted evidence of water flow that created the channeled scablands of Eastern Washington. He was roundly lampooned and criticized because there was no sign of sufficient water to create such a flood. Geologists and biblical scholars cited it as evidence of The Biblical Flood. In 1940, Lake Missoula, an Ice Age lake the size of Lake Michigan, defined by geologist Joseph Pardee, explained the evidence. 

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&fil...

 

 

Comment by A Former Member on April 28, 2012 at 12:12pm
Comment by AtheistTech on April 27, 2012 at 3:42am
Comment by AtheistTech on April 25, 2012 at 9:58pm

Asteroid Mining Venture Backed by Google Execs, James Cameron Unveiled

http://www.space.com/15395-asteroid-mining-planetary-resources.html

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on April 18, 2012 at 4:46pm

Comment by Charlies T. Rentz on April 11, 2012 at 5:32pm

Speaking of science and secular content - we need science links: we have created an easy as heck to navigate website with all the content on one page. It consists of FREE films, books, videos, links, etc. for those who need a good dose of science, logic and reality. Go to http://www.charliescrusade.org. please help.  Thanks.

Comment by annet on April 1, 2012 at 11:28pm

Very cool wind map Ruth!

 

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