We had a great group at CU this afternoon. The Secular Student Alliance and Boulder Atheists organized it. One of the interesting questions that came up in the discussion after my presentation dealt with "Is there a way to eliminate the infection in someone once they have it." Interestingly enough two people seemed to be living answers to that question, a man named Kyle and a woman named Barb. Kyle had been a devout Mormon his whole life until 8 months ago. In a short conversation after the… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on March 16, 2009 at 12:06am —
This is my weekly science article I write for my small town news paper. Let me know what you think!
About two pounds. Unless it is on the moon, then it is about a third of a pound, and if it is on a neutron star, it is about 28,000,000,000 pounds. You see weight and mass are two different things to scientists. On Earth land, the two are essentially identical. But in the water or even in the air weight can change, but mass stays the same. If you don’t believe me, take a scale on an… Continue
Added by G on March 9, 2009 at 5:57pm —
Check this out: NewScientist.com
After reading the article I can tell you that my High School and College educations have done little to improve people's understanding of natural phenomena. I don't know if I agree with the conclusion of the study that there may be a hardwired component to believe in a purpose driven existence or if it is, as… Continue
Added by Joshua Dolan on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Taken from my blog
Later this week my religion class is going to be "debating" whether or not Jesus was born of a virgin. I of course am going to say he wasn't, and as practice thought I'd run through my reasons here.
What I think it comes down to is probability. Which is a more probable explanation for crop circles?
A) Aliens with super advanced technology that allows them to travel MILLIONS of light years… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on March 2, 2009 at 12:59pm —
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 —