Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old

In the wake of the success of the “Cosmos” television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet. When I asked if the success of “Cosmos” had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage […]

I’m raising my kids atheist in a God-obsessed culture: How I learned to parent godless children

“Goddammit!” “God bless you!” “For God’s sake!” “God forbid!” My children have heard me take “the Lord’s name in vain.” These expressions slip out as easily as expletives and are part of my vernacular, even though I don’t believe in God. God is not exactly welcome in our home. I’m not a hater (at least […]

Oceans of Ignorance

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In this latest thrashing of Ray Comfort, we examine about four minutes of his 30+ minute “documentary,” “Noah and the Last Days.” Combined with my other videos, “The Arrogance of Creationism (3)” and “Ray Comfort Thinks Eclipses are MAGIC!” this concludes my response to his pathetic excuse for a documentary. In this video, we examine […]

8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes: Study identifies genetic basis for Tibetan adaptation

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In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A study led by University of Utah scientists is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation — a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000 […]

Evolutionary misfit: Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life

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One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found — a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail — has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time. The animal, known as <em>Hallucigenia</em> due to its otherworldly […]

4 Places Where Alien Life May Lurk in the Solar System

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Of all the places scientists expected to find life on Earth, a Caribbean lake of bubbling black asphalt was likely not high on the list. But today (Aug. 7), researchers reported in the journal Science that oil doesn’t necessarily choke out all life; microbes were found living in miniscule droplets of water in Trinidad’s tar-filled Pitch Lake. […]

How to answer the Sye Clones by Jim Gardner

By Jim Gardner Presuppositionalism. There’s a clue in the title as to the degree of suspicion which should be held towards these particular branches of the Christian apologetic. The basic idea goes something like this. In order to ‘prove’ that God exists you must first presuppose His existence and compare and contrast this worldview with […]

Diner gives discount for prayers in public, discriminates against atheists

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A North Carolina Diner is giving a 15 percent discount to customers for praying in public, effectively discriminating against atheists and other reasonable people who do not pray. NPR reports: When Jordan Smith got her tab after breakfast at Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., she was pleasantly surprised to find a 15 percent discount — for “praying […]

Noah’s Ark theme park gets preliminary approval for millions in state tax incentives

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A group that wants to build aNoah’s Ark theme park in Grant Countywon preliminary approval Tuesday of state tax incentives of as much as $18.25 million to keep the controversial project afloat. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority voted unanimously to give preliminary approval of the incentives for the $73 million first phase of the […]

Four-billion-year-old chemistry in cells today

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Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the […]