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Is There A Conflict Between Science And Religion?

Is There A Conflict Between Science And Religion? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Is the scientific world view in conflict with science itself, as philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues in a recent book? No, says Alva Noë.
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Why is Creationism dangerous?

Why is Creationism dangerous? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

If you follow Crocoduck at all, you’ve heard us talk about how Creationism is ridiculous, make fun of Creationist stupidity, and point out the mountains of evidence for evolution. Yet I’m sure some of our readers are thinking, “Yeah, but so what? What’s the big deal? Sure, it’s stupid; sure, it’s crazy; but it’s harmless, right?”

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NASA Proves Building Blocks Of DNA Come From Space

NASA Proves Building Blocks Of DNA Come From Space | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

NASA researchers studying meteorites have found that they contain several of the components needed to make DNA on Earth. The discovery provides support for the idea that the building blocks for DNA were likely created in space, and carried to Earth on objects, like meteorites, that crashed into the planet’s surface. According to the theory, the ready-made DNA parts could have then assembled under Earth’s early conditions to create the first DNA.

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When Evidence Isn’t Enough - Truthdig

When Evidence Isn’t Enough - Truthdig | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?
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How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine

How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The unique adaptability of Homo sapiens is what allowed us to survive when so many other species died out, paleoanthropologist Rick Potts contends. .
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Physicists explain technical glitches behind those faster-than-light neutrinos

Physicists explain technical glitches behind those faster-than-light neutrinos | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Yesterday, rumors were circulating that last year's faster-than-light neutrino results had been undone by a simple mechanical mishap: one of the fiber optic cables connecting a GPS unit to a computer may have been loose.
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The Atheist Cosmological Argument | Big Think

The Atheist Cosmological Argument | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In my past writings, I've made it a hobby to call attention to potent, but often overlooked, reasons to believe that atheism is true. Two of these that I've written about are the argument from mind-brain unity and the argument from locality. In the last few months, I've come to realize that there's another powerful argument for atheism that doesn't get as much attention as it should, and I want to discuss it today.

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Quantum Christianity? | Pharyngula

Quantum Christianity? | Pharyngula | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Hallelujah! At long last, we can reconcile Jesus and science — all we need is to know a little quantum physics. Very little quantum physics.
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Indiana creationism teaching bill clears Senate committee

Indiana creationism teaching bill clears Senate committee | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Indiana's Senate Education Committee has given the OK to a bill that would allow creationism to be taught alongside evolution in the state's public school science classes.
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Islamic science has come to this pitiful end

Islamic science has come to this pitiful end | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The words of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'aleihi was-sallam) have been tested scientifically, and found hilarious.
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Running Away From The Evidence « stand up for REAL science

Running Away From The Evidence « stand up for REAL science | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A ouple of days ago I fell off the wagon. I had been trying so hard to quit arguing with Creationists on the Internet, but I just couldn’t resist the temptation.

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Test Tube Yeast Evolve Multicellularity: Scientific American

Test Tube Yeast Evolve Multicellularity: Scientific American | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
By watching evolution in progress, scientists reveal key developments in the evolution of complex life and put evolutionary theories to the test...
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Symphony of Science - The Greatest Show on Earth! A music video about Evolution

mp3: http://bit.ly/xqVD4J - A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is the 13th video in the Symphony of Science music videos series.

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Have Scientific Questions? There Are No 'Answers in Genesis'

Have Scientific Questions? There Are No 'Answers in Genesis' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
When we permit theology to define our science, we end up with gibberish, but not even consistent gibberish.
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Yesterday & Today: The Top Women Scientists

Yesterday & Today: The Top Women Scientists | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
It's no news that women were historically excluded from the "boys club" of science but women scientists date as far back as Ancient Greece, and perhaps further. In more recent years, they have become essential to the scientific community.
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Nature News Special : Alan Turing at 100

Nature News Special : Alan Turing at 100 | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Alan Turing, born a century ago this year, is best known for his wartime code-breaking and for inventing the 'Turing machine' – the concept at the heart of every computer today. But his legacy extends much further: he founded the field of artificial intelligence, proposed a theory of biological pattern formation and speculated about the limits of computation in physics. In this collection of features and opinion pieces, Nature celebrates the mind that, in a handful of papers over a tragically short lifetime, shaped many of the hottest fields in science today.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson responds

Neil deGrasse Tyson responds | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me the note reproduced below the line, which he intended to post as a comment. Since I’ve put up two posts within one week about his views on science and faith (here and here), I thought it only fair to elevate his comment to a full post, allowing everyone to see it easily. (His comment was intended to follow the first link given above.) I present it here without any response on my part. I have verified by email that this is indeed Tyson himself.

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Announcing the JREF's Skeptical Group Database

Announcing the JREF's Skeptical Group Database | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Some of the most exciting and important skeptical work is done on the local level by the many local skeptics' groups that exist all over the world. Many of these groups organize and participate in activism work, such as holding free vaccine clinics and educating the public about the pseudoscience of homeopathy through mass overdoses. Several offer a safe social setting for skeptics to meet, greet, and share their ideas.

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Cosmologists Try to Explain a Universe Springing From Nothing

Cosmologists Try to Explain a Universe Springing From Nothing | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The cosmologist Lawrence Krauss joins a chorus of scientists trying to explain how the universe could be born from, if not nothing, something close to it.
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America's Darwin Problem

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Our Darwin problem is really a science problem. The easier it becomes to depict the scientific enterprise as a special interest immersed in the culture wars, the easier it becomes to reject scientific findings.
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Lawrence Krauss: A Universe from Nothing. [VIDEO]

In his new book, "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing," Arizona State University professor Lawrence M. Krauss explains how recent revolutions in our understanding of physics and cosmology allow modern science to address the question of why there is something rather than nothing, and more importantly, why this is a scientific question rather than a philosophical or theological one.

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Antievolution bills: Bad for your health? | NCSE

Antievolution bills: Bad for your health? | NCSE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In a column for the Concord Monitor (January 22, 2012), Leslie Brunetta criticized the latest spate of proposed antievolution measures, writing, "these bills are bad for my health and the health of each of the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with cancer every year." She explains, "Although most such bills die in committee, they legitimize the idea that the theory of evolution is just an opinion. It is actually a robust explanation for the diversity of life on earth, supported by thousands of observations and experiments, used to make testable predictions about nature — which includes our bodies."

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America Founded as a Scientific Nation

America Founded as a Scientific Nation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Many conservative Christians insist that America was founded as a Christian Nation, despite the absence of any evidence that would support this. In contrast, there is some evidence for the idea that America was founded as a "scientific" nation. What I mean is that principles of science and scientific investigation, as they were understood at the time, were an important influence behind the creation of American democracy and government.

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Ongoing Human Evolution

Ongoing Human Evolution | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Humans like us have existed for around 200,000 years -- moving from hunter-gathers to early settlements to the large-scale civilization we know today. And how much evolution has occurred in our species over that time span... or even over the past few of thousand years? Most people seem to assume that there hasn't been much evolution (if any) at all and that humans have essentially stopped evolving -- but nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Inconvenient Truth (About God)

The Inconvenient Truth (About God) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

99.99% of scientific experiments and results have had no relation, or bias, towards the question of any god's existence.

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