ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Lillie on July 7, 2012 at 7:06pm

Neither the Maya Calendar--nor the World--Ends on December 21, 2012

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=neither-maya-nor-world-calendar-ends-december-21-2012

 

From Scientific American:

This is a relief!  lol

Comment by Loren Miller on July 3, 2012 at 8:25am

The worst thing that happened to the Higgs Boson was being called "the goddamned particle."  It was given that name because it was so illusive.  When time came to get published and someone wanted to refer to the Higgs as something other than "the Higgs Boson," the editor didn't want to use "the goddamned particle" for fear of offending someone ... so the "damned" was edited out.

How I'd love to go back in time and shoot that editor!  Would save SO MUCH BS!

Comment by Joseph P on July 3, 2012 at 7:53am

Seriously, guys.  You should know better than to pay attention to the thoughts of a bunch of Yahoo users who have nothing better to do with their time than comment on news stories.

Comment by Neil Thompson on July 3, 2012 at 1:21am

@James The problem with these people is not necessarily lack of intelligence, it's more likely to be lack of education.  I didn't really "get" science until I met real scientists and discovered the scientific method and some of the clever ways used to get nature to reveal its secrets, thanks to the Open University.  There is also a difficulty, at least for the religious, that in order to accept science as real they may have to give up a lifetime's investment in another philosophy.  Daniel Dennett had some interesting thoughts on that in Melbourne recently http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/183745/watch-daniel-dennetts-how-to...

Comment by Alice on July 2, 2012 at 8:09pm

LOL - exciting news!

Comment by James Bradford on July 2, 2012 at 4:17pm

I read through most of the comments and I can honestly say that the combined I.Q. of these people is about the equivalent of an eggplant. It's sad that so many people in today's society are completely clueless when it comes to intellectual topics.

Comment by booklover on July 2, 2012 at 3:02pm

I agree Flying Atheist.  I can't even read the comments.  Makes me sick.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2012 at 2:59pm

The news about the Higgs particle is very exciting.  I was, however, quite disappointed (outright pissed, actually) with the ignorant "journalism" from Yahoo! article author, Jeff Stacklin. 

Scientists unveil proof of 'God particle'

The last line of his article:  "Oh, those wacky scientists."

If you want to get depressed, continue past the end of the article and read the comments by our "enlightened" masses. 

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 2, 2012 at 7:57am

amazing times! not so amazing distractions and corruptions though...

Is The Hunt For The 'God Particle' Finally Over?

NPR - 5 hours ago
The buzz is that they're closing in on the elusive Higgs particle. That would be a ... Physicists hope they are hot on the trail of the Higgs particle.

In-Depth: Scientists may announce discovery of Higgs Boson, the 'God particle ...New York Post
Blog: David Willetts: I'm just a science minister, not a particle physicistThe Guardian (blog)
God Particle: Is Higgs boson really found?Economic Times
Phys.Org - Fox News
all 465 news articles »

now as for learning about the not-so-distant church/state past.. this book is #1 w/how things went down for the USA in courts...
made pic small as to not hog up wall here
just click or right click open larger etc.. cyapeace!

Comment by Lillie on June 18, 2012 at 3:35pm

Read this today in New Science, one of the most hopeful things I have read in a long time.

Stephen Hawking is a scientific rock star, we all know that. But what is surprising is the youth of the 70-year-old physicist’s fan base. Before his lecture in Seattle this weekend, pre-teen boys and girls pressed against a velvet rope in the gilded lobby of the Paramount Theater, hoping to catch a glimpse or maybe even snap a picture of him.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/06/hawking-and-ra...

 

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