Taken from my blog
I hear the phrase “secular society” thrown around a lot. Usually the people I hear using it are saying it with a tone of disgust in their voice, as if the secular society was keeping their religion from breathing easy, free from scrutiny or any kind of restraints.
So what exactly is a secular society? Well when I asked google to define it, all it did… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on February 24, 2009 at 2:44am —
In the recent edition of the Osservatore Romano (16-17 Feb 2009) there is a very short piece entitled "In the footsteps of Galileo science must value faith and reason." The message is spelled out in the first sentence, stating that scientists are called upon by the Vatican to not renounce "neither reason nor faith". To suggest that scientists do not value reason is an insult of the highest order. But the abuse of language which is one of the hallmarks of Vatican propaganda needs not only to be… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 17, 2009 at 10:42pm —
The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 13, 2009 at 9:58pm —
According to a recent cover story of New Scientist, the way the human brain is wired makes us religious or very prone to imagine higher powers. And when we look at history, the birth of animistic faiths like Voodoo, Shinto and early European ancestor and spirit worship, there seems to be something to it. When we're trying to make sense of something we don't understand, we like to use magical explanations.
If the writer of the article tried to explore history and the evolution of… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 10, 2009 at 7:01pm —
Friday's Senate version of the Federal stimulus package cuts funding
for science and research, specifically the National Science Foundation (NSF), the top government program supporting investigator-driven scientific research in the US. If you're a scientist - or simply a person who wishes not to live in an ignorant nation - and you haven't called or emailed your Congresspersons yet, now might be a good time to do… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 8, 2009 at 3:17pm —
The Freedom From Religion Foundation's new billboards praising Darwin are up and one is about 15 minutes away from me. The local paper had an editorial opinion piece about it calling the FFRF a "gloating winner" and that putting the billboard in Dover was obnoxious and rude.
I responded with a letter to the editor.
See it here:… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on February 4, 2009 at 7:30pm —
... that intelligent life needed a creator, I've got one thing to say. MYH16
Added by Greg F. on February 4, 2009 at 12:01am —
The other day an acquaintance asked for my opinion on an article
about mercury contamination in high-fructose corn syrup
(HFCS). Here’s my response—corrections welcome:
My first smart-ass response is “good thing I only drink cane sugar or diet sodas.” ;) My initial, unreasoned, reactionary response to the article itself is… Continue
Added by Matthew Orlando on January 30, 2009 at 12:12pm —
What can we learn from the LHC? Read my Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
comic to find out! Enjoy!
Added by TJMorgan on January 27, 2009 at 12:30pm —
There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
[Full versions of all my posts, including images and links, can be found on my blog, Artificial Habitat
Welcome to the first Weekly Science Roundup. These regular posts will consist of quick summaries of interesting papers, articles, and blog posts which I encounter during the preceding week (sometimes they may have been published earlier). The number of items that I mention will vary, and there will be an obvious bias… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 25, 2009 at 9:18am —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I wanted to share this with you
. A new study shows that the brain shuts down when someone experiences transcendence. Well, the right parietal lobe, to be exact. That part of the brain also helps with the ability to do math. So that might explain why religious folks have trouble with the difference between 4.5 Billion years and 6,000 years. LOL!
EDIT: the study that shows that… Continue
Added by Neece on December 25, 2008 at 12:00pm —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
, including links (which I haven't embedded here) and a selection of photographs from the Natural History Museum]
Yesterday (Thursday 18th) was my birthday. What better way to celebrate than attending a godless Christmas show in London (along with a visit to the Natural History Museum and over 4 hours of walking around London)!
Comedian Robin Ince was inspired by an encounter with the… Continue
Added by Andrew on December 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Added by AYFABTU on December 16, 2008 at 12:30am —
I blog over on the Chariots of Iron
site, and I just put up a long one over there, it was rather well thought out so i thought I'd mirror it here for AN users that don't visit our podcast site... and yes this has been a shameless plug for bot the blog and the podcast. The version there contains many links to some references. I don't mirror posts often, so I hope you enjoy this rant.
Today has been one of ups and downs and it’s not even noon… Continue
Added by Eli on November 21, 2008 at 1:43pm —
After my first posting the day I joined Nexus, someone asked, "What is a metaphysical naturalist?" He could as easily have asked, "What is a naturalist?"
There are many kinds of naturalists, which for almost 3000 years has meant that whether or not a god exists, everything in the world is natural and operates on natural laws.
But actual, true atheism was almost unheard of in ancient Greece. Atheism was the mere denial that the many thousands of gods that were believed to exist had… Continue
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2008 at 6:00am —
In the past, the only information people had access too was the story’s and ides of the people around them. Whit the advent of the printing press people now has access to information in the books they could get ahold of but there access to information was still limited and most would never leave there town or city. People had no information on where the world came from, where humanity came from why people got sick, what lightening was and why it strikes where it strikes. They had no… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on October 25, 2008 at 11:05pm —
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 —
WHAT IS A SCIENTIST, A SINCERE AND GENUINE SCIENTIST?
This question about scientists arises whenever there are people hoping to claim that science and religion can be compatible. Most such commentators get the matter entirely wrong.
Obviously to start with, a minimum requirement is that for somebody to be considered as even a candidate to be a scientist he or she must have had adequate scientific training OR scientific experience to a suitably high level maintained for a… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm —