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American Psychological Association report says “stop converting gays”

OK, I'm paraphrasing here, but the APA concluded yesterday that there is no evidence therapies meant to change someone's sexual orientation are effective or healthy. In fact, their findings showed lasting changes were unlikely, and asked mental health practitioners to stop suggesting this kind of therapy. The article seems to tap dance around the real reason why these types of therapies exist: Religious con ...

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Richard Dawkins uncut interview with Wendy Wright

I love the way these people just say things without any real evidence. This idea that there is a controversy in the scientific community about evolution is like thinking there is major dispute over gravity. What I find hilarious how both Richard and Wendy obviously have a great deal of contempt for one another, but both try to unsuccesfully mask it. It's so bad I had to pause it again and again just to avoi ...

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Design FAIL

Here's a fun little article on Wired.com about some of the worst "designs" in the natural world. It's a nice little reminder of how fucked up nature can be, and how evolution can often produce some unfortunate windfalls once in a while. Here are a few highlights: #2 Hyena clitoris. When engorged, this "pseudopenis," which doubles as the birth canal, becomes so hard it can crush babies to death during exit. ...

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Creation museum says they have “indeniable proof” of the truth of their claim

I've written extensively about the Creation Museum because it represents the 'peak' of creation 'science'. Here is a museum that takes a serious stance as to the value of scientific understanding; which is to say they see little to no value in the principle. It's ironic, of course, that the museum uses the latest in robotics and animatronics technology (itself a product of our scientific endeavors) to suppo ...

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Reports of clerical abuse keep pouring in

One of my favorite movie moments from childhood is the scene from Rocky 4 where Rocky Balboa keeps getting repeatedly punched in the face by Ivan Drago (perhaps Doulph Lundgren's greatest role), until finally, exhausted from punching, Drago is defeated. Rocky 4 was a true 80s cheese movie, complete with endless montages, pointless moralizing about steroid use, and of course, America winning the day. Despite ...

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Harry Potter is an atheist

Hard core Christians hate Harry Potter. They detest any form of witchcraft, which they consider to be the tool of the devil. Evangelicals are not only forbidden from seeing the movies; they usually actively campaign against them, discouraging other more moderate Christians from going. I can only imagine their reaction now that Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) has come out as an atheist. Radcliffe describ ...

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Oldest Bible now on display

What happens when you take a bunch of scattered pages of a 1600 year old Bible written in Greek, scan it and put it on the Internet? You get this, the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest surviving Bible on the planet. It's now available for you to scrutinize, analyze, and generally geek out if you're into this sort of thing. The most fascinating thing about this particular Bible is it allows us to trace the change ...

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Turkish TV show wants to convert you

Turkey is a secular country much like America; they try to divide church and state, but in the end the two get mixed up in each others business all the time. Both countries rank similarily low in percentage of people who believe in evolution, which is not a positive sign. With Turkey under heavy scrutiny since their bid to become part of the European Union, what better way to show everyone you aren't a reli ...

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I got mail

I received this letter from a fan of the show, and I thought I might post it up. If you haven't listened to Episode 53 of the podcast, please do so before reading (if you've never listened before, you should know it's actually the crown jewel of the site). Hey Jake and Ryan, I am writing you this email to give you a personal perspective of one of the topics you discussed in episode 53 about mental illness. ...

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Don’t watch this documentary

I don't know how many of these movies lying, deceitful fundamentalist Christian jackasses are going to keep making, but I'm personally sick of these morons thinking that have any idea what they are talking about. Would Darwin be disappointed at the evidence for his own theory? Not bloody likely. Evolution is one of the most rigorously tested scientific theories in the world, but you wouldn't know that liste ...

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