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Hitchens vs Berlinski

In case you don't know who the hell David Berlinski is (and trust me, you aren't missing much), he's a mathematician and a critic of evolution. He likes to use transparently obvious slight-of-hand math to try to disprove one of the most solid theories in all of science. He describes himself as a "maverick intellectual" (what the fuck does that mean?), which gives you an idea of his qualifications. If you're ...

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Creationist teacher will finally get the boot

If you're a long-time reader of the site, you might remember a guy by the name of John Freshwater. I wrote about him in 2009 after he was facing dismissal for 1) teaching creationism in his science class, 2) telling his students gays are evil sinners, and 3) burning crosses in the arms of some of his students. A shittier science teacher, there is not. Well, it finally looks like the lengthy process of firin ...

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40% of Americans are creationist idiots

Hey America, how do you know whether or not your public education system is failing? How about the fact almost half of your adult population is convinced the Earth is about as old as the Agrarian Revolution (when we went from hunters to farmers). Nice, huh? If you're wondering what other Western country has such abysmally ignorant people, the answer is Turkey, a similarly religious country that also has a s ...

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Shermer vs Fr. Jonathan Morris

"We're not just like the other animals...we recognize that we are different from other animals" Says you. What exactly makes us so different? Is the soul located in our frontol lobes? Walking upright and having improved thinking capabilities is fine and all, but that just proves we've exploited an evolutionary neiche that our ape cousins haven't. You want a fucking prize or something? "There's something spe ...

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It’s not religion we crave, it’s connections

A new study published in the American Sociological Review confirmed something most of us already know: it isn't theology and spirituality that explains the positive relationship between religion and happiness; it's the community element. Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction,” said Chaeyoon Lim, an ...

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We Stand Defeated, People

So let's surmise this man's arguments. I think God is a better explanation because I clearly don't understand cosmic evolution. The complexity of the environment is best understood by belief in an even more complex and mysterious strange force that exists outside of time and space I see design everywhere, therefore a designer best explains what I see. The alternative to my theory is the Universe popped out ...

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The Universe is just like a hand bag

It's hard to quantify exactly how stupid Elisabeth Hasselbeck is. Let's spend 2 seconds talking about the eye, and why it isn't perfect. For starters, how many people have to wear glasses because of oblong or misshapen eyeballs? How about the fact we see upside down, and our brain literally has to flip it 180 degrees? Now the Octopus has an eye we should all be jealous of: A unique characteristic of the cep ...

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How to spank a creationist

I like Ken, and I appreciate the hard work he does to fight creationism, despite sharing many of their beliefs. The saddest thing about him, however, is he still tries to reconcile his ludicrous superstitious beliefs with science. By the end of his book, Finding Darwin's God, I had to shake my head in disbelief as he tried to use quantum indeterminacy as a mechanism with which God influences evolution. Fuck ...

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Biocentrism is creationism for hippies

I'm so sick and tired of the argument that because Earth sits in a "Goldilocks" zone, this must somehow mean something significant. What are the odds, some like to speculate, all of this could be the product of chance? The answer, I would argue, is the same as every single hand you've ever been dealt in poker. If you try and work backwards to calculate the odds of whatever arbitrary hand you have being deal ...

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More awesome mail

I got this email from Joel who has been listening for a while and felt "inspired" by some of my "be a dick" rants. Jake, I've been a loyal listener for a few months now and I'm proud to say I seized a perfect opportunity to "be a dick" today. As I was boarding my subway, headed home from an afternoon in Manhattan, I saw three guys in suits carrying Bibles and pictures of a crucified Jesus. I thought, "here ...

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