Props to the Bad Astronomer for posting this amazing YouTube video
. The steampunk style animation is gorgeous, depicting machines that evolve over the ages from clanking fishbots to torrid cyberpunk perfection.
It’s doubtful such a blatant commercial as this German one could be aired in the US. Not blatant because of the sexy fembot… blatant in its… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 5, 2009 at 4:55pm —
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 —
isn't new, but a friend posted the link to Facebook and it reminded me how great the video is. Dr. Kenneth Miller is a cell biologist who lectures on evolution and science education, and participated as an expert witness for the good guys at the Kitzmiller v. Dover School District trial. In this segment where he addresses a group of high school students, Miller does a masterful job of… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 27, 2008 at 4:52pm —
Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus born 27 February 272 was the undisputed Roman Emperor from 306 to 324 to his death. He was the first Christian Emperor and in fact had a great deal to do with how the Christian religion was organized and its initial ceremonies.
In the year 313, he declared the Edict of Milan which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire.
First Council of Nicaea
He had great influence over the First Council of Nicaea and wanted… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 16, 2008 at 10:00am —
Added by AYFABTU on December 16, 2008 at 12:30am —
(Originally posted on my personal blog, BrainlessGeorge.com
I stand firm with my thoughts on Darwinian Natural Selection. I’m quite sure that it has happened in humans in even recorded history. I think that the technological advances, and forms of entertainment, all have implications of evoluation. Since the dawn of man we’ve been evolving and furthering our thinking.
To better survive in an ever changing… Continue
Added by George S. on December 13, 2008 at 11:00am —
a little background on me first.
i was raised in a liberal catholic family in the american midwest. about junior high i decided all that stuff was a crock of shit and my parents were kinda like, we believe but.... yeah, not literally. so they let me and my younger brother decide for ourselves. creationism was something that as a family was completely ridiculed.
so i had no interest in hearing anything about creationism or "intelligent design." until the other day when i was just… Continue
Added by markystar on December 2, 2008 at 1:00am —
It’s never ceases to amuse me that the following passage translated from the original old testaments the within the Jewish Bible, the torah has been adapted from its original meaning in most Christian publications of the Old Testaments
Isaiah Chapter 45.7 (Torah)
I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am the LORD, that doeth all these things.
It of course highlights the fact that the Jewish author made a bold statement that God… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:26am —
My dear friend Tiana
had a fantastic idea. Since I'm going to be in Seattle this weekend, why not invite our old friend Casey out for drinks and a chat about our last visit? She sent him the following email this morning but we've yet to receive a response. I suppose he could actually be busy doing ... stuff.
It’s been awhile since we’ve chatted, I hope all has been well with you and yours. I’m writing… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on November 19, 2008 at 4:30pm —
Say there’s a young child, 4 or 5, who believes in Santa Claus. Her parents cultivate the belief, provide the props and stories, and the kid’s friends support the myth. Then the parents drop the bomb – there’s no Santa! The magical reindeer, Rudolph, the elves, all of it, it’s all a made-up story! The kid might be crushed, but their honest revelation is a vital step toward the child’s separation from her parents and their authority. It’s a step that moves her toward the dismissal of childhood… Continue
Added by Lori Stephens on November 15, 2008 at 10:58am —
Having been reading, watching, thinking, living evolution quite a bit over the last bit. I'm awestruck at how so many people who don't even understand the concept of evolution dismiss it as nonsense. To do so would hold a strong likeness to me claiming that some surgical procedures promise for success is utterly zero. While I may have some anatomical knowledge, it is… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 4:00am —
Is religion a parasitic meme or is it a cultural adaptation?
The divide on the question of the naturalistic origins of religion is between the adaptationists and the by-product theorists. The adaptationists are led by David Sloan Wilson and Jonathan Haidt, while Daniel Dennett is the major proponent of the religion-as-a-by-product hypothesis. In this post, I outline the issue briefly and mention some implications of these ideas.
The application of evolutionary theory to… Continue
Added by Ajita Kamal on October 26, 2008 at 9:30pm —
The next act in the long and ugly creationist end-game will take place in Texas. After the previous two acts, my confidence is high.
One of my dearest hopes for the next generation is that they get a real shot at understanding evolution. My own teenage understanding of the theory was fuzzy around the edges, since we touched on it for all of about eight minutes in high school. I didn't encounter it again until Anthro 1 at Berkeley--at which point it dazzled me so much I… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 22, 2008 at 5:39pm —
Though it may not have the profile or scope here that it has in the U.S., the tension between a Bible-based understanding of the origins of creation and the science of evolution evidently does not stop at the border. That positions are not as clearly (or stridently) articulated in Canada as they are in the U.S. may only reflect our national distaste for confrontation.
Added by AtheistJoy on September 3, 2008 at 8:38am —
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about religion - surprise, eh? - and in the wake of that I should probably briefly clarify my views.
I would love religion to vanish, but that's not a reasonable thing to want or strive for. I really don't mind religion as long as it doesn't affect the outside world. My main issue, which I think a few people have misunderstood (probably because I ramble and rant) is that religion isn't open to question and criticism, seemingly because… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:59am —
Further to my note of a few days ago, about the Sikh girl who managed to get her personal delusions championed over mere secular beliefs.
It occurs to me that the position religion occupies within the British judicial system – or seeks to occupy, with a great deal of success – is similar to the position it seeks to occupy in science. Fundamentalist religion challenges a varied range of scientific theories, but the alternative hypotheses supplied often function as refutations of… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:55am —
This just in: the world is stupid. Again.
A Sikh girl, attending a school with a no jewellery policy, was excluded for wearing a religious bracelet. The report on this, which was dripping with shots of the girl staring bleakly through windows, detailed how she was winning support and legal advice on the issue.
To me, it seems reasonably simple. No jewellery. Religious jewellery is still just jewellery, worn for entirely personal reasons. See my rant on Secular\Non Secular… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:53am —
I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently. It’s sort of interesting, but hardly very original. Stick around, though – this will likely anger or confuse you.
I work in Vodafone now, which as you may know is a nest of fouls. My job so far has required me to stand at the door and apprehend all comers for the purposes of selling them a Nokia N95. This means I see a lot of people per day. Some of them are hilarious. Here’s some examples:
The utterly punked-up guy who had… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:30am —
My atheist jaunt on Facebook stirred some feathers, it seems. I got some drunken heckling for it from someone that used to be a friend, and since as far as my ideology is concerned I REALLY care about this, I'm going to respond. I don't give a shit if you don't like it. You know who you is.
Firstly, issues were taken with me even having the audacity to argue with christians and what they believe. Why can't I just leave them alone, eh? Why can't I keep my mouth shut?
Ok . .… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:15am —
Top fundamentalist\creationist Christian responses to science, intellectualism, reason and empirical evidence. These are only common responses that have arisen within the short time I’ve really started using the internet to rape fundamentalists; there are, of course, countless other hilarious things that come up in conversation, and countless other hilarious proofs against God. This is a very small starting point, but it amused me.
1. “Biological life cannot come into existence from… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:06am —