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Creationists Criticize Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos,’ Want More Airtime For Religion On Science Series

cosmos-neil[1]Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hosted by American astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, has come under fire from creationists who say the science series is biased against creationist theories about the origin of the universe. They say the hit show, a reboot of Carl Sagan’s popular 1980s documentary series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” should give more airtime to creationists. During an interview with “The Janet Mefferd Show,” Danny Faulkner, a creationist and astronomy professor from the Christian non-profit organization Answers in Genesis, said the show is biased against creationist scientists and that there are plenty of scientists who consider creationism a valid theory for how Earth came to be. [Read more]

Plugging the Hole in Hawking’s Black Hole Theory

supermassive-black-hole-2[1]Recently physicists have been poking holes again in Stephen Hawking’s black hole theory – including Hawking himself. For decades physicists across the globe have been trying to figure out the mysteries of black holes – those fascinating monstrous entities that have such intense gravitational pull that nothing – not even light – can escape from them. Now Professor Chris Adami, Michigan State University, has jumped into the fray. [Read more]

Creationism and Surveying the Evidence

There is a reason why creationists wish to debate and not do research. For starters? There is nothing to research. Biblical research with regards to creationism boils down to “It was magic all along”. There is no divine finger print that can be detected, merely evidence that can be misunderstood. [Read more]

Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang

1395517056613.cached[1]When a major discovery confirmed the Big Bang this week, some evangelicals ignored it, while others claimed it’s already in the Bible. But the theory’s Catholic history suggests there’s a better way to look at it. The “Big Bang” theory of the origin of the universe got a big boost this week when scientists reported the discovery of 14-billion-year-old echoes of the universe’s first moments—the first proof of an expanding universe, and the last piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. [Read more]
Exorcising my Right to Choose Science
579586_10150819390933478_835876646_n[1]It was Good Friday in 1993 when my mother found me in status Epilepticus- I was taken to the hospital by ambulance, they used life flight transport to get me to another hospital at which point I was put into a medically induced coma for several days. I had never had an episode like this, i’d never even been severely ill. There was no explanation for what had occurred and it left my family as well as my doctors baffled. I was only 9 years old when I received my diagnosis as an Epileptic and though I did not understand what the diagnosis meant I learned quickly that my life had changed forever. [Read more]
Comedy Central Offers Creationists Weekly Time Slot to Present “Scientific Facts” 
creationism-dinosaur-300x168[1]Perhaps many of you have heard about the recent controversy over the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson refuses to allow creationists to present their extremely sound, and not at all ridiculous, system of beliefs on his recent reboot of the science show Cosmos.   You know, “facts” such as how the Earth is 6,000 years old, a guy named Noah built a giant ark that housed millions of animals and the earth was created in 6, 24 hour days. [Read more]

Why Science Has Produced the Most Spiritual Idea in History

Giordano_Bruno_Campo_dei_Fiori[1]With Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey now in its second broadcast week, the number of discussions generated online seems high enough to compete with the number of stars in our galaxy. I’m exaggerating, but you realize this if you have a cosmic perspective. Even so, the diversity of reactions to this next generation of Carl Sagan’s classic series is staggering, especially with respect to the ongoing tensions between science and organized religion. My personal journey through the Twitterverse revealed mostly satisfied viewers after the first episode, Standing Up in the Milky Way, but the episode also had some critics. [Read more]

If Only Ken Ham Made These Arguments! – A Rebuttal

This one’s also from the Christian Post and was part of a request by a creationist who took umbrage to my posts on evolution. Upon insisting that these 5 Christian Arguments are solid, and that had Ken Ham pulled these out, Bill Nye would have crumbled. [Read more]

The Path Between Pseudo-Spirituality and Pseudo-Science 

stonehenge_copy[1]I am often asked what will replace organized religion. The answer, I believe, is nothing and everything. Nothing need replace its ludicrous and divisive doctrines—such as the idea that Jesus will return to earth and hurl unbelievers into a lake of fire, or that death in defense of Islam is the highest good. These are terrifying and debasing fictions. But what about love, compassion, moral goodness, and self-transcendence? Many people still imagine that religion is the true repository of these virtues. To change this, we must begin to think about the full range of human experience in a way that is as free of dogma, cultural prejudice, and wishful thinking as the best science already is. [Read more]

Coincidences Reflect a Rational Mind

coincidence2-300x225[1]While we can all agree coincidences have fascinated scholars and lay people alike, what they mean divides us into one of two camps: skeptics or believers. A believer thinks that coincidences are evidence of mysterious, hidden and possible paranormal causes. A skeptic will put coincidences down to statistical quirks that are more common than we tend to think. As cognitive psychologists Mark Johansen at Cardiff University in the U.K. and I propose a third point of view, which we call the rationalist way. [Read more]

Bill Nye on Taking Astronomy with Carl Sagan


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Philosophy and Science

Dan Dennett and Massimo Pigliucci talk to Laurence Krauss.

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The Magic of the Unconscious [Documentary]

Your brain is a state-of-the-art marvel, managing 90% of everything you do without letting you know regardless of whether you’re awake or asleep. When you think you have an idea your brain has already had that idea. Something in your head navigates you through the everyday adventures of modern life, something that decides things for you before you can think about it, because your brain is always on automatic.

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Why Evolutionists Should Debate Creationists, One More Time

In my college ethics class I would offer a challenge to students who were against the legalization of Marijuana. I said that as the illegal use of it increased and with it the overcrowding of prisons and the deaths due to gang wars over who controlled the market in America, along with the drug wars in countries like Mexico, at what point would the harms of keeping it illegal outweigh any harms of legalizing its use? Now granted, I didn’t think it caused much harm, if any to adult users, but this was after all, an ethics class. I asked a pragmatic utilitarian question, not a principled one. It got them thinking. [Read more]