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News Flash: Over 100 Terrorists Cheer Sensational Media Attention. In Other Ignored News…

I will not help the terrorists’ recruitment pitch by waving my hands. I firmly exercise the right to choose where to focus my attention.

If we must focus on death, why don’t we focus on something within the realm of our control? Did you know that a recent study of 75 cities concluded that a […]

Yet another set of Transitional Forms, this time to Turtles

Creationists, desperate to hold on to a literalist interpretation of the Christian Bible and deny the empirical reality of evolution, have been scrabbling lately to identify a diminishing set of missing “transitional forms” between different animal and plant classes, orders, and families. As scientists identify scores of transitional forms between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, between fish […]

Contradicting Creationists Once Again, the Fossil Record Produces Yet Another Transitional Form

“Where are the transitional forms?” — Institute for Creation Research

This week, adding to the hundreds of already known transitional forms, Brown University graduate student Morgan Turner has published his findings on the oldest known upright quadraped. The proto-reptile quadraped Bunostegos akokaensis is unique among its pareiasaur bretheren because its limbs are vertically oriented, not […]

Did Stephen Hawking Really Say that Believers in God are Standing on Ground as Solid as Scientists?

This morning, J. Clare Peteet posts the following in a comment to Irregular Times:

J Clifford, science admits it cannot tell us what caused the Big Bang….

The famous astrophysical scientist, Stephen Hawking, says, “Anyone who chooses to believe in a Universal Creator is standing on ground as solid as a scientist who denies Creative […]

Some Questions for Evolutionists (and my Answers)

Over at the website, old earth creationist John Thomas poses some questions for “evolutionists.” Although I’m not an “evolutionist” in the sense of an unquestioning slavishly faithful adherent, I do think that evolutionary biology has managed to explain a whole lot more than any other alternative within its domain. I think that would […]

Reasons not to trust the Creationist Reasons to Believe Website

In response to an article sharing news about the latest transitional fossil discovery (a four-legged snake from the ancient continent of Gondwana), creationist Paul Cawley left a comment recommending the website “Reasons to Believe” as a scientific resource regarding evolution:

Great science from a REAL group of scientists who just happen to be Christians too! […]

What’s the Ethical Responsibility of Academics to Society?

The journal Science has published a valuable summary of a scandal in the American Psychological Association that threatens to undo the organization’s reputation.  While  the presidential administration of George W. Bush pursued a policy of torturing people it had detained without conviction, a trial, or even charges, rank-and-file members of the APA began voicing concern at indications […]

Senator Rick Santorum, Not Exactly Leaving Science to the Scientists

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, 2015, on how religious people worried about global warming should shut up and “leave science to the scientists”:

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists… When we get involved with political and controversial […]

5 Years After Promising to Release Data on Breatharian Prahlad Jani, Dr. Sudhir Shah Offers … Nothing

Five years ago this month, American newspapers and television stations reported the amazing story of Prahlad Jani, a mystic from the Indian subcontinent who claimed to have lived seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting as a “breatharian.” Even more amazing, said the news reports, was the research of Dr. Sudhir Shah, who declared at […]

Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted In Favor Of Opening Private Medical Records To Big Government?

Chellie Pingree voted for the GOP Secret Science Reform Act. Perhaps Representative Pingree simply sees the way the wind is blowing, and is happy to go along with the rising tide of right wing politics in America, health, privacy and science be damned. […]

Another Nail in the Coffin of Remote Intercessory Prayer

Does prayer really work wonders? Not according to epidemiologst Maria Inês da Rosa.

Da Rosa and her research team published results of a double-blind randomized trial in the Brazilian Journal of Science and Public Health last year. Half of the more than five hundred pregnant women in the trial had their health prayed for […]