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The hidden mechanism of Evolution

Article published on Bio Medicine on 11/11/2008 by Kitta MacPherson of Princeton University.



Evolution's new wrinkle



A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution.



The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on December 31, 2008 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Not alone! At last!

I've only started using a computer and the Internet this year, so it's been a pleasant surprise to discover that I'm not alone. Not that I live in an overwhelmingly religious society (Denmark) but I meet almost nobody who is a real skeptic/atheist. The vast majority spout things about "there are more things in heaven and earth", usually thinking they are quoting the Bible - it's Shakespeare - and without knowing the other half: "than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio." Don't be narrow… Continue

Added by Ian Mason on December 31, 2008 at 1:33am — 6 Comments

Get thee to The Atheist Spot

I'm sure most of you are internet savvy enough to know about places like Digg and Reddit. Well, I was unaware until recently that there is a place called "The Atheist Spot" which is a community news generated community for stories of particular interest to atheists.



http://www.atheistspot.com/



Not sure how many of you were already aware of this, and if this is OFN, but I just thought I'd try to popularize it a little more. So far… Continue

Added by Larian LeQuella on December 30, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

I could have told them this 20 years ago, but they wouldn't have listened.....

This was taken from a news article on President Bush and where he "lost" the American people. You can read the whole article here:



Back when I was a Republican, I watched the so called "Religious Right" come into the party. They came in like a virus. They did and still do the same approach. "We'll stick a toe in and… Continue

Added by Rick on December 30, 2008 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

How a 29-page booklet converted me to creationism

After nearly 38 years of life... being born into a christian family, graduating nearly at the top of my class at a christian university (why christian? -because it was close), and being surrounded by "believers" at home, school, and work... the idea of the existance of a god to me has always seemed laughable. --Except for the fact that I was never allowed to laugh. And the idea of "creationism" would be totally hilarious if not for the fact that so many people actually buy it. I'd be glad to… Continue

Added by Jude Johnson on December 30, 2008 at 5:38pm — 9 Comments

Skepchick lists Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008

Rebecca Watson and the Skepchicks (which would make a great band name) have selected the Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008: people who have led the fight for reason and against pseudoscience. The list includes a lot of big names within the skepticism community, notably Ben Goldacre, PZ Myers and Phil Plait.



I, being hopelessly lame, had not heard of all the winners, but thanks to Rebecca now I know, and knowing is half the battle.… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

Very Sloppy of Him

1. The more skilled a craftsman is, the less defects his product contains. [1]

2. The perfect craftsman is an omnipotent creator (a.k.a. "God").

3. God should therefore be capable of producing a creation without any sloppy defects. [2] This includes humans, of course.

4. At the organ level, the inflamed human appendix is an obvious defect of design.

5. Ergo, humans are far from being physically flawless. In behavioural aspects, Christianity largely agrees. [3]

6. One is… Continue

Added by A.Ou on December 30, 2008 at 2:12pm — 1 Comment

Anti-sex fanatics lose again

The Washington Post reports a new study showing that teenagers who are brainwashed or cudgeled into taking anti-sex pledges end up having sex just as much as propaganda-free teenagers. Sexless-pledged kids excel in other areas, though, such as acquisition of sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Once again we see clear and unambiguous evidence that the only things… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

I'm a Wickedly Mischievous Atheist!

I wrote a post over at Heaving Dead Cats. I did something wicked and I wanted to share it with everyone because it made me Blasphemously Happy. Here's a link to what I did. You decide how wicked it is:…

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Added by Neece on December 30, 2008 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Finding Jesus/Religion?

You always hear a story about someone turning their life to God or "finding Jesus" after a terrible shortcoming or battle with addiction. It usually gets me thinking about Former Governor/Wrester Jesse Ventura's quote "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." The reason why? When I think of my pre-atheist self, I think of a very weak-minded person who thrived for excuses. Do these people need a congregation to make themselves feel special… Continue

Added by Jennifer W on December 30, 2008 at 3:26am — 2 Comments

Busy Day for Programming

So I've been spending a lot of time working on my website this past week since I have a lot of free time. Working at a university has one huge bonus: I get paid days off whenever the students are off. I'm a little half way over my 16 days off.



Slowly the site is gaining in popularity and I have been noticing a degradation in its performance. Aside from the prepackaged popup library I'm using when you cursor over the article links, everything… Continue

Added by Douglas Christensen on December 30, 2008 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Rules of the game

taken from my blog



Apparently some people dont’ understand how reality and arguments work when it comes to debating religion, so I’ve decided to try and explain. An argument about religion has to follow the same rules that any argument has to follow. Some people blatantly try to ignore this, and it only hurts their claim.



Firstly, when you make a statement, you are making a claim. “I ate cereal… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on December 29, 2008 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Universal ancestor of life wasn't so hot

A recent article in Nature magazine presents evidence that the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of life on Earth was probably not a hyperthermophile after all. New molecular-genetics results show the cell type all living cells can trace their own origin back to in a clear genetic line - LUCA - was not a strong heat-loving microbe. Up until now, the accepted model in evolutionary genetics was that LUCA shared… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 29, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Freedom From Religion (photo posted in appropriate are here)

Freethinking Winter Solstice Sign & Billboard

To go up in Olympia!

Nov. 26, 2008

Tis the season . . . to bring some freethinking cheer to Olympia!

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is making its mark on Olympia in December.

In addition to erecting a jaunty "Reason's Greetings" billboard in downtown Olympia on East 5th Avenue (cross street Jefferson), the Foundation and its… Continue

Added by MJ on December 29, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

THIS JUST IN AND IT IS A START IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!

No Evangelizing At Recruiting Sites



December 28, 2008McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

The Pentagon is cracking down on evangelizing at its national network of recruit processing centers, telling religious groups that it won't permit proselytizing at the sites.

A new regulation quietly distributed last month to commanders of the 65 centers says that religious literature and publications produced by other "non-federal entities" may be made available to… Continue

Added by Rick on December 29, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

Added by Krista on December 29, 2008 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Small Town Dumb

Disturbing things afoot in small town America--imagine that! Vjack at Atheist Revolution commented on this apparent fiasco in-waiting last week (links provided later--I am not home and am having technical difficulties at the moment), and I guess it's not going away. In fact, for the poor guy who complained (and rightly so), it's gotten much worse.



Read the Rest - Links not on blog...heh...but if you go there, you'll know where to… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on December 29, 2008 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Wow!

A network like this even exists?

Feel like I came out of the closet!

Added by Drew on December 29, 2008 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

To be or not to be truthful

Added by Fr33think3r on December 28, 2008 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

I'm not crazy, I'm reality-challenged!

From now on, I will be using this term to refer to those people (including myself when appropriate) who are not able to distinguish reality from fantasy, for whatever reason. This ranges from the operational reality-challenged (like those who believe in supernatural entities, for example, and can still walk around and pass for normal) to the curl-up-in-a-ball-paranoid-delusional reality-challenged.



It's okay. It happens to the best of us, on occasion.



Wow. I could SO not… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 28, 2008 at 1:59pm — 4 Comments

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