Spark of life re-created in lab

One of the final 'bastions' of religion is the notion life is inherently too complex to have formed on its own, and would have required the nimble fingers of creation to exist. It's a popular notion that continues to be tested, and recently a team at the University of Manchester have successfully found a process that can transform organic molecules into a sequence similar to that of RNA. The difficulty faci ...

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Another blow for Mormons

One of the crappy things about being a fairly recent religion is without the benefit of long stretches of time, the claims made in your religious tomes can usually be tested. Take for instance the Book of Mormon and its claim Native Americans are descendants of Lehi, a prophet who immigrated from Jerusalem to the Americas. Despite the fact there is no archeological evidence to support this claim, many Mormo ...

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2010: the year of the Bible

When I think about the year 2010, the first thing that comes to mind is the sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It makes me think about how optimistic Arthur C. Clark was in terms of the human race's engineering skills. Let's just say it's doubtful we'll be sending anyone to Jupiter. In fact, rather than being a scientific Mecca, the world seems to have taken a nasty turn towards superstitious belief. Case in p ...

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The Good Atheist 058

This week, we talk about a 16th century trial to excommunicate the woodworm, the Jefferson Bible, empathy, and the First Amendment. Also on the show, Prosperity gospels and a brief outline of Mormon belief. Come get your fix! ...

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More stupidity from the Creation Museum

The Creation Museum apparently has a petting zoo, and one of the animals they have is a zonkey (usually referred to as a zebra mule). This creature is quite obviously infertile, but despite the fact the obvious conclusion as to why a zonkey cannot produce offspring should be that they are too genetically different to do so, the brilliant minds at the museum actually think this is evidence of creationism. Th ...

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Vatican denies Pope was a Hitler Youth

Just a day after delivering a speech at Israel's Holocaust Memorial (known as Yad Vashem) to a rather unimpressed crowd, the Vatican made a statement denying the Pope's enrollment in the Hitler Youth, despite the fact Ratzinger had already admitted he had been a member of the Flakhelfer, the anti-aircraft auxiliary corps of the Hitler Youth. The logic behind this obviously false statement is damage control ...

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Magnus Betner

Once you get used to his weird delivery, you'll be laughing your ass off. I love how he points out Moses took 40 years to walk 300 miles. An all powerful God can't get you a GPS or something? That would be a fairy tale! ...

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Mormons don’t like this cartoon

Before I read the book Under the Banner of Heaven, I had assumed, as most do, Mormonism was not significantly different from Christianity. This is largely because since the beginning of the 20th century, the LDS Church has worked hard to suppress or eliminate any evidence of the weirdness of their beliefs. They sell themselves on the fact they are an American religion, but there is no denying Joseph Smith w ...

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