PETA launches dumb “Sea Kitten” campaign

Believe it or not, there is a science to cuteness. Sure, when you see a small panda bear, there is a part of you that is compelled to nurture it. The characteristics of animals that we consider cute typically resemble human infants. Konrad Lorenz, a Nobel Prize winning zoologist and animal psychologist, described the phenomenon as a natural instinct that developed in order to allow human beings to develop a ...

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Mississippi wants to be mocked, too

If you live in Mississippi and you care whether or not your kids grow up to be smart and well educated, you should be outraged by House Bill 25, which aims to introduce this disclaimer on all biology textbooks: The word "theory" has many meanings, including: systematically organized knowledge; abstract reasoning; a speculative idea or plan; or a systematic statement of principles. Scientific theories are ba ...

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Why do religious people hate atheists?

According to a 1999 Gallop poll, half of the electorate automatically would vote against a political candidate if he was an atheist. That's roughly the same percentage of people in 1958 who would have voted against a black candidate. There's obviously a great deal of mistrust, hate, and bigotry going on here. It's so carefully masked and seemingly invisible most people don't think about it. Still, one has t ...

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Annoying proselytizer is canned, involves courts

Penn Jillette said something I liked; he said he doesn't respect anyone who isn't proselytizing. He feels there is something genuinely good about it, and I generally agree: if you have an idea you think is great, tell people about it. There is, however, a limit to how much preaching is acceptable. You should not, like this man, do it to coworkers trying to get their jobs done without you bothering them ever ...

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Don’t think she gets it

I like the first 10 seconds of this clip, as the 'Fox Noise' TV hostess seems not to understand the concept of irony. Yes, they want to use a Bible verse to prove their point: just because you're religious doesn't mean you're moral. Still, it's amusing all atheists should be regarded as nothing more than 'trolls'. Isn't that nice? Even legitimate dissent is regarded as insulting to these people. Grow up alr ...

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Bigot Pastor slams Travoltas

I get a kick when one religion claims another belief system is totally stupid and illogical. The gargantuan effort of trying to make someone else seem silly when your own beliefs are farcical never ceases to amaze me. It's akin to saying "that guy's is freakin' crazy, man! He eats his poo raw. Everyone knows you have to cook it!" Brother Harry Hardwick argues that Travolta neglected to seek treatment for hi ...

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Don’t believe in magic: believe in miracles, dummy!

As many of you know, I'm a staunch supporter of the science of evolution. Although it's a powerful yet simple idea, for many religious people, it's simply the most damning and damaging idea ever conceived. Despite the fact even the Papacy has finally and reluctantly agreed it does indeed exist, it doesn't stop people who have zero idea about how evolution works to deny it. I've read many articles and blogs ...

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Science!

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an extremely cool scientist, and a great orator. Here he is talking about his book and how Apophis is going to slam into the Pacific unless we get off our asses. Rather a good incentive to get behind science funding, wouldn't you say? ...

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