The Urge to Explore
Scientists nearly all agree that human life started in mid-Africa thousands of years ago and migrated to all points on the globe. Even though various indigenous groups try to deny it, the trail of humanoids out of Africa is clear in the fossils, historical digs and technology. One question that comes up frequently in tracing humans out of Africa is why did one society thrive and another fail when… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 4, 2013 at 7:30pm —
On reading this online article - A Man Who Played a Pivotal Role in Solving the Mystery of Life | adidarwinian - while surfing the Internet, I came to know that along with Sir Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace also played a pivotal role in bringing up of the Theory of Evolution. He was also a major contributor in solving the mystery of life.
Added by charles stibs on February 18, 2013 at 7:41am —
This link will take you to the US Government link for a petition to get the current administration to recognize that the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. Please sign and take the side of science!!
Added by B.c. Steele on December 3, 2012 at 1:00am —
In the past decade more than 100 million people have left the Christian Church, but that has not stopped conservative religionist from trying to force their point of view into public schools. Since Texas passed… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 5, 2012 at 11:18pm —
Yeah, sorry about the wait. Again, my excuse is sickness. Anyway, you might like this. It's from a French series from the seventies or eighties. I like it because it makes no excuses or tries to sooth Creationists' feelings, and gets right to evolution. I also like the Commedia troupe qualities of the characters. Pierre et Pierrette. It's nice to know they still use those types, even though we American… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on March 29, 2012 at 1:59pm —
The mystery surrounding the nature and origin of consciousness is the last toehold that non-rational thinkers have in the debate about human origins. If you accept everything that is known about science in general and evolution in particular, we are still left without a broadly accepted answer in the scientific community. And this leaves lots of room for illogical religious assertion. I have written a paper which places the origin of consciousness squarely within modern evolutionary theory as… Continue
Added by Mark Friedman on April 17, 2011 at 9:33am —
First Things Continue
, "published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society," has come out squarely against bestiality and science fiction books that deal with such issues. Given that…
Added by Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2011 at 1:50pm —
I hate to bag on my own colleagues, but the evidence is overwhelming: most high school biology teachers either do not teach evolution or undermine their own teaching by giving nods and winks to creationist ideas. (See Most high school biology teachers don’t endorse evolution, by Valerie… Continue
Added by pantagruel1 on January 29, 2011 at 6:51pm —
Added by Richard H. McCargar on December 23, 2010 at 4:41am —
While I reject the idea that the Universe is governed by some supremely powerful entity who exercises sovereignty over the cosmos and intervenes in the daily lives of humble monkeys inhabiting a tiny planet at the ass end of nowhere, I fully recognize the reality that the Universe is governed by a vast number of physical properties and principles. The critical difference between ascribing the wonder and complexity of the Universe to the machinations of a deity…
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 22, 2010 at 2:22pm —
I sympathize with US scientists who are frustrated with the level of ignorance in our country regarding Evolution. However, they need to be aware that Evangelical preachers and conservatives are not their only problem. A number of liberals, particularly secular professors and teachers, are contributing to the problem with their presentation of ancient history.
I was dumbfounded when one of my favorite professors presented… Continue
Added by Diana Agorio on August 26, 2010 at 12:32pm —
The languid success of logic and facts to dislodge believers from their mistaken beliefs, calls for a new course in the claim for morality’s mantle; religion fails humanity on ethics.
There appears to be no amount of reason or facts that will extricate believers from their cognitive biases, or the nucleus of their intractable, mistaken, and teleological beliefs. Non-theists, in my humble, yet scholarly opinion, need… Continue
Added by Frank J. Ranelli on August 23, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Falsifiability is very important in science; scientific theories and hypotheses can not be scientific unless they are falsifiable. When creationist finally learn this they attempt to use it to discredit the theory of evolution.
Before I tear apart the argument I should explain what falsification is and its relevance in science. If something is unfalsifiable it can not be shown to be false, if it is falsifiable is can be shown to be false. Science does not prove theories and… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 18, 2010 at 9:35pm —
About 15 years ago, I had a lovely hen and a clever cat. As we know, the hen is born from egg, never get milk for food, but the cat is born from body of cat, get milk as food, we say viviparity animals are much clever than others according Darwin's theory.
my cat, is always clever than my hen.
When he was alone in the yard, it is a very clean and peaceful place for him,also for me. He slept under the sunshine, his sleeping style is so beautiful, lightly,warmly… Continue
Added by Selen on June 9, 2010 at 9:03pm —
Just something I found interesting. Many people who can go online have a Facebook account so *if what most people say is true in anyway then*
it's a pretty accurate site to create public polls that will have realistic results. This morning I came across a Facebook Group whose aim was "We Can Find 1,000,000 People Who DO Believe In Evolution Before June"
thanks to a friend
suggesting it to me.… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on February 3, 2010 at 1:30pm —
I have often wondered how different we (royal humanity we) would have been if the Neanderthals had survived along side us into modern day.
Imagine a world with two data points of intelligence and consciousness instead of just one.
Imagine developing along side another thinking species, seeing the differences as well as the similarities play out in real time.
What would it be like to meet a mind that evolved along side us, from the same basic lineage, and yet was… Continue
Added by JayBarti on January 28, 2010 at 4:33pm —
By sheer providence today I was at a series of public lectures in science in Sheffield.
After buzzing about The BBC's "The Secret Life of Chaos"
all last week: one of the speakers was the man who appeared in it - Dr Andrea Sella
(1:40 episode 2) - and he performed the Berlusov experiment live on stage! Absolutely mad day.… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on January 21, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Just survived an interesting discussion with mum and nan at the dining table. I don't try to flaunt my atheism amongst them but today they challenged me.
Was discussing first of all this news about Dark Matter. (Very Cool !)
Dark Matter Discovery1…
Added by Richard Healy on December 27, 2009 at 11:30am —
I'm cross-posting this in my blog from the ORIGINS group because I want to try to make sure as many people get to see this as possible.
Edge Master Class 2009
These videos are all embedded so the best I can do is link you to the page where they can be viewed.
These are a series of 6 lectures on the current* state of synthetic genomics (5 by Church, 1 by Venter) given to an… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on December 5, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Has the once-luminary champion of skepticism, and self-proclaimed atheist, recast his lot with religion and thereby reclaimed his erstwhile lost Ichthys?
As an independent scholar, skeptic and atheist, I have followed Dr. Michael Shermer for some years, read all but one of his books, and attended a number of his public lectures, such as TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design.) Shermer is a dynamic, engaging speaker, talented author, and is prolific in his… Continue
Added by Frank J. Ranelli on December 3, 2009 at 7:48am —