Archive for April, 2007
The Humanist Symposium

The Humanist Symposium

April 30th, 2007 / Admin / 1 comment

Apologies for the announcement being a bit late: The inaugural edition of The Humanist Symposium is up at Daylight Atheism. This new blog carnival ...

Arctic Ice Retreating More Quickly Than Computer Models Project

April 30th, 2007 / Energy Transition, Newswire, Science / Comments Off on Arctic Ice Retreating More Quickly Than Computer Models Project

BOULDER—Arctic sea ice is melting at a significantly faster rate than projected by even the most advanced computer models, a new study concludes. The research, by scientists at the National ...

Mouse brain simulated on computer

April 30th, 2007 / Newswire, Science / Comments Off on Mouse brain simulated on computer

US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer. The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half ...

A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith

April 30th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith

CHICAGO — Members of Trinity United Church of Christ squeezed into a downtown hotel ballroom in early March to celebrate the long service of their pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. ...

Demos must accept religion's role in U.S.

April 28th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Demos must accept religion's role in U.S.

"I think my party has to demonstrate that it's not afraid to deal with the faith issue and has a candidate whom the public thinks knows there's something bigger than ...

Bad public behavior gives atheists a bad name

April 27th, 2007 / Newswire, Society / Comments Off on Bad public behavior gives atheists a bad name

Everyone in line was looking at each other and becoming increasingly uncomfortable. The agent finally told him that the fog was “an act of God.” He then turned to all ...

Poll Finds Majority See Threat in Global Warming

April 26th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Poll Finds Majority See Threat in Global Warming

Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think that it is necessary to ...

Ray Comfort claims he will 'prove' God's existence

April 26th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Ray Comfort claims he will 'prove' God's existence

I am amazed at how many people think that God's existence is a matter of faith. It's not, and I will prove it at the debate - once and for ...

Sportswriter Mike Penner comes out as transsexual

April 26th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Society / Comments Off on Sportswriter Mike Penner comes out as transsexual

During my 23 years with The Times' sports department, I have held a wide variety of roles and titles. Tennis writer. Angels beat reporter. Olympics writer. Essayist. Sports media critic. ...

Scientists to build robot society

April 26th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Science / Comments Off on Scientists to build robot society

Scientists in Dundee have announced plans to create a "robot village" in an effort to learn how different cultures emerge in society. The University of Abertay's four-year ...

India court orders Gere's arrest for "obscene" kiss

April 26th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Society / Comments Off on India court orders Gere's arrest for "obscene" kiss

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - An Indian court ordered the arrest of Hollywood star Richard Gere on Thursday for kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS campaign event this month ...

Film on Global Warming Is Challenged

April 25th, 2007 / Energy Transition, Newswire, Science / Comments Off on Film on Global Warming Is Challenged

"The Great Global Warming Swindle" aired on British television in March and is coming out soon on DVD. It argues that man-made emissions have a marginal impact on the world's ...
Twisted: Mark Warren on Hitchens

Twisted: Mark Warren on Hitchens

April 25th, 2007 / Books, Religion / 13 comments

Esquire executive editor Mark Warren's commentary about Christopher Hitchens is all over the map. A masterpiece of post-modernist gobbledygook. A paragon of doublespeak. Warren writes in praise of Christopher Hitchens' ...

Italian government adopts draft law to punish environmental crimes

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Italian government adopts draft law to punish environmental crimes

The Italian government on Tuesday adopted a draft bill under which the perpetrators of "environmental catastrophes" would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The ...

Mexico City Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Mexico City Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico City lawmakers voted to legalize abortion Tuesday, a decision likely to influence policies and health practices across Mexico and other parts of heavily Roman Catholic ...

Judge says post offices can't promote religion

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Judge says post offices can't promote religion

HARTFORD, Conn. --A federal judge has ruled that post offices nationwide run by churches and other contractors cannot promote religion through pamphlets, displays or any other materials.

Prisoners riot to protest move away from families

April 24th, 2007 / Newswire, Society / Comments Off on Prisoners riot to protest move away from families

Inmates at the New Castle Correctional Facility took over part of the prison this afternoon, injuring two employees and setting fire to mattresses before order was restored within about two ...

FOXNews.com - Study: Religion Is Good for Kids

April 24th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Religion / Comments Off on FOXNews.com - Study: Religion Is Good for Kids

“getting their kids into heaven is more important than getting their kids into Harvard,”

Quantum physics says goodbye to reality

April 24th, 2007 / Newswire, Science / Comments Off on Quantum physics says goodbye to reality

Some physicists are uncomfortable with the idea that all individual quantum events are innately random. This is why many have proposed more complete theories, which suggest that events are at ...

Gay marriage evil, abortion terrorism: Vatican

April 24th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Society / Comments Off on Gay marriage evil, abortion terrorism: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's second-highest ranking doctrinal official on Monday forcefully branded homosexual marriage an evil and denounced abortion and euthanasia as forms of "terrorism with a human ...

Supernaturalism Is an Admission of Defeat

April 24th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Religion, Science / Comments Off on Supernaturalism Is an Admission of Defeat

Science has been accused of being biased towards naturalism. That’s a fair accusation. The question one should ask, however, is not whether science has a naturalistic bias, but rather whether ...

Sorting out the truth on global warming

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Sorting out the truth on global warming

WASHINGTON - A major international study recently concluded there was overwhelming evidence that humans were causing global warming. But that didn't quiet the skeptics. They continue to raise doubts, suggesting ...