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Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

nqZT6Px[1]Dr. Victor J. Stenger, the physicist and prolific author who wrote the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, died late Wednesday night in Hawaii at the age of 79. [Read more]

Science is Not a Religion: Why Science and Scientific Research are not Religions

Calling science a religion should be instantly recognized as an ideological attack rather than a neutral observation of facts. Sadly this is not the case. [Read more]

Can Humanism Survive the Coming Transhumanist Revolution?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????No less prominent a figure than cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently joined with three other luminaries to warn that artificial intelligence (AI), rapidly proliferating through our most intimate devices, could evolve into a catastrophe for humankind. [Read more]

To Study Evolution, Scientists Raise Fish to Walk on Land

How did our ancestors first adapt to living on land? An unusual species of air-breathing fish offers clues. [Read more]

Evolution Used Similar Molecular Toolkits to Shape Flies, Worms, and Humans

interior-worms[1]Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive Yale-led analysis of genomic data. [Read more]

Angst and the Empty Set

The phenomenology of the experience of seeing something missing, she says, has “immediate, perceptual qualities” that encourage us to see absences as being as fundamental as presences. [Read more]

Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating

Diet-Cults[1]I just finished writing a long article on “Food Myths” that Michael Shermer had asked me to write as a cover article for an upcoming issue of Skeptic magazine, and while researching the subject I read a book that someone had suggested to me. [Read more]

Astrology Owes You an Apology

If your horoscope a little out of scope, it’s because you’re reading the wrong one. This is not really your fault. How are you to know that things have changed in the heavens since the zodiac was assigned to each calendar month just over 2,500 years ago? [Read more]

Secret Underground Tunnels of Ancient Mesopotamian Cult Revealed Under Ani Ruins

ancient-tunnels-mesopotamian-cult-ani-ruins[1]For the first time in history, the academic world is paying attention to the spectacular underground world of Ani, a 5,000-year-old Armenian city located on the Turkish-Armenian border. [Read more]

Life is Material, not Supernatural: We Are Material, Natural Beings

Nearly every religion posits some sort of hidden, immaterial realm which exists behind the visible, physical, and material realm in which we live. [Read more]

It’s Back-to-School Time. Is Your School Teaching Evolution?

classroom-300x211[1]As American children return to school, many will be enrolled in science classes where they will learn the important basics about the Big Bang, evolution, and global warming. [Read more]

AIG: Two Facts that Disprove Evolution

Do we need to debunk this mess? Well, okay, but just their first “fact” — that evolution can’t create new “information.” One way it happens is explained in How One Gene Becomes Two Different Genes. [Read more]

Can We Prevent the End of the World?

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. [See Video]

What Makes the Human Brain Human?

Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, addresses the uniqueness of the human brain in the “To Be Human” series, sponsored by the Making of the Modern World Program at Eleanor Roosevelt College, UC San Diego.