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First large-scale formal quantitative test confirms Darwin's theory of universal common ancestry

First large-scale formal quantitative test confirms Darwin's theory of universal common ancestry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
More than 150 years ago, Darwin proposed the theory of universal common ancestry, linking all forms of life by a shared genetic heritage from single-celled microorganisms to humans.
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UK scientists find 'lost' Darwin fossils

UK scientists find 'lost' Darwin fossils | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years.
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The New Golden Age of Freethought | National Atheist Party

The New Golden Age of Freethought | National Atheist Party | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

During a recent speech titled: A Strategic Plan for Secular Success, Author and Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Sean Faircloth, suggests that the main impediment to Atheism and the Secular community is the “seductive simplicity of certainty” possessed by those who endorse religion.

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Tragedy of religion stifling science | CapeCodOnline.com

It's almost a cliche nowadays to hear people talk of where the world of computers will be in 50 years. Or where medical science will be. Advances are moving at such a rapid pace that few of us can imagine the technological future even 10 or 20 years from now. But few people realize how much time has been lost and how forces are gathering to slow or stop research that might enhance not only how long people live but the quality of that life.

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? : NPR

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Muslim students walking out of lectures on Darwinism because it 'clashes with the Koran'

Muslim students walking out of lectures on Darwinism because it 'clashes with the Koran' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Professors at University College London have expressed concern over the increasing number of biology students boycotting lectures on Darwinist theory citing their religious beliefs.
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Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation

Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Charles Darwin and John Milton were two pioneering thinkers of their time who had contrasting views of creation. John Milton wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost in 1667 in order to ‘justify the ways of God to man’. The poem depicts amongst many things the war in Heaven between God and the Angel Lucifer, the attempts by Satan to set up an army in Hell, his travels to Earth to tempt Adam and Eve and the consequent fall of Man. It also depicts the creation of life on Earth by God. Darwin on the other hand set out his theory of evolution of life through the means of natural selection in ‘The Origin of Species’ published in 1859. The work provided a great deal of evidence and observations that helped to explain the extraordinary variations found in creatures on Earth. He developed his theories further in the 1871 publication of ‘The Descent of Man”, where he argued that humans had evolved from a common ancestor of the ape.

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David Berlinski makes an ass of himself defending intelligent design

I know of no critic of evolution—perhaps save the late William F. Buckley, Jr.—who is at once so eloquent and so ignorant as David Berlinski. The man has spent years attacking evolutionary biology and defending intelligent design (ID), and is, to my knowledge, the only living creationist who is not religious. (He claims to be an agnostic, though I have trouble believing that.) He’s also a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, a position reserved for only the Highest Poo-Bahs of Ignorance.

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Christian Opposition To Evolution Is Neither Inevitable Nor Universal

Christian Opposition To Evolution Is Neither Inevitable Nor Universal | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
We can see that among Christians there are in fact radically different ways of thinking about science that need not disturb faith.

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Hitler was a creationist, not a devotee of Darwin

Hitler was a creationist, not a devotee of Darwin One of the most obnoxious and shameful assertions creationists make is that Hitler was motivated by Darwin’s evolutionary thought. Actually the...
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Driven by a love of truth

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Smriti Daniel is pleasantly surprised to meet a ‘nice grandfather-like figure’– Richard Dawkins, a man with the reputation of being almost militant in his views about religion and evolution and easily one of the most controversial authors to grace the Galle Literary Festival.

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Explain this to me Atheist - Response.

Explain this to me Atheist - Response. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I know, I'm sorry. I couldn't resist doing another one of these posts where I respond to questions for atheists. They are just so fun to watch and write that I will probably do quite a few more of them when I'm bored.
I hope you enjoy these sorts of posts. If not then drop me an email and I will stop doing them.

Today's question comes from a Youtube user 'cjae2631'.

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Intelligent Design Is Dead: A Christian Perspective

Intelligent Design Is Dead: A Christian Perspective | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
For a person of faith, Intelligent Design is not just an unnecessary choice; it is a harmful one. It reduces God to a kind of holy tinkerer. It locates the divine in places of ignorance and obscurity.
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More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick

More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

According to a Gallup poll released today, there’s some heartening news: acceptance of evolution in America is on the rise. It isn’t jumping up precipitiously, but here are the latest data in a long-term (29-year) survey of Americans’ views on one aspect of evolution: how humans came to be.

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Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real

Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

[A] group of scientists and science writers gathered a dream team of women who work in science to patiently explain what everyone should already know: that evolution is real and should be taught to students in schools. Among their reasons? If we don't understand evolution, we'll all probably someday be killed by ever evolving antibiotic resistant superbugs.

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Responding to the strawmanning of secular morality

Responding to the strawmanning of secular morality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

If you have ever searched the internet for a section of text from Darwin’s writings you will have noticed that most of the links that come up are to creationist websites and blogs. What we are seeing is simple dishonest quote mining. Somebody makes a claim about evolution, Darwin or Darwinism, attaches a mined quote – and the quote then has a life of its own. It gets repeated ad nauseum by the creationist echo chamber – with hardly any of the users bothering to check the quote against the original for accuracy – let alone context.

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Darwinism Is a Delusion, According to New Book - Press Release

Author rebuts The God Delusion by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Ebifegha says, “The creationist worldview is a revealed fact that God confirmed historically in a speech before an audience on ancient Mount Sinai. Modern science, through discoveries such as DNA, supports the creationist worldview. Thus, the evolutionist worldview is a delusion resulting from materialism, the dead end to all scientific investigation.”

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? : NPR

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Science is independent of humanism, atheism and religion

Science is independent of humanism, atheism and religion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Julian Baggini: Heathen's progress: It's one of the highest human achievements, but some atheists seem to want to raise science to the level of our saviour...
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