'Science' Archive

Gapsters

March 17th, 2013 / Critical Thought, Science / 5 comments

Today's topic concerns one of the oldest forms of religious apologia: deliberately confusing the relationship between probability and mystery. ...

How are Energy and Water Related?

April 9th, 2011 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Science / 19 comments

The Energy Philosopher Episode 2: All thermal power plants require generous amounts of water, and become less efficient in hot weather. ...

Brain Damage Increases ‘Spirituality’

February 11th, 2010 / Religion, Science / 49 comments

I've maintained that religion and spirituality are inversely correlated with high-functioning intelligence.  (previous article, Religion Rots Your Brain And ...

Solipsism, Again

February 10th, 2010 / Critical Thought, Science, Stupid Things / 11 comments

An article forwarded to me by a friend brings up the old New-Age argument, this time dolled up in ...

Astronauts Begin To Drink Recycled Water

May 20th, 2009 / Energy Transition, Newswire, Science / 5 comments

According to NASA, the astronauts on the International Space Station are now beginning to drink water purified from their own urine, sweat, and exhalations. While it's been possible for ...

The Brain, Engine of Creativity

February 15th, 2009 / Critical Thought, Psychology, Science / 53 comments

Best selling New-Age author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) recently delivered a TED talk in which she called into ...

Why I Choose Reality

November 30th, 2008 / Critical Thought, Science / 15 comments

My good friend Adam Lee, also known as Ebonmuse, who runs one of the most popular and enduring atheist sites Daylight Atheism, wrote ...

Neurologist Laments Tech-Driven Brain Changes

May 10th, 2008 / Books, Singularity / 14 comments

Neurologist Laments Tech-Driven Brain Changes Human identity, the idea that defines each and every one of us, could be facing an unprecedented crisis. ...

The “Radio Wave” Argument

April 12th, 2008 / Atheism, Critical Thought, Science / 11 comments

"People in the middle ages didn't know about radio waves, yet they were everywhere. They just didn't have receivers in those days. How can ...

Classroom Evolution Kids Can Watch

April 8th, 2008 / Newswire, Religion, Science / 1 comment

As all students of Darwin know, evolution occurs when there is variation in a population; where some variants confer a survival or reproductive advantage to the individual, and where the ...

Science Education is not Totalitarianism

April 7th, 2008 / Critical Thought, Science / 21 comments

Recently I was called out by Elisheva Hannah Levin, a hypocritical homeschooling mom (supposedly a degreed Biologist). Levin balked at my stance (...

Religious Delusion Hampers Nanotechnology

February 16th, 2008 / Future Tech, Newswire, Religion, Science, Society / 9 comments

Addressing scientists Feb. 15, 2008 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dietram Scheufele, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of life sciences communication, presented ...

Why Science “Sucks” (Is Damned Inconvenient)

January 21st, 2008 / Critical Thought, Newswire, Science / 9 comments

Why Science "Sucks" (Is Damned Inconvenient) Nice piece from Wired on the sad state of the public perception of science. Though I disagree with the idea that science can't handle ...

Leon R. Kass’ Sentimentality Flayed by Logic

November 6th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Science / 3 comments

Well, for Leon R Kass’ benefit, the reality is that we are indeed a very small speck in a very large universe. It's also a reality that many of the ...

Scientist Retracts Paper Cited by Creationists

October 25th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Science / 15 comments

In January 1955, Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, published a paper called “Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life” in American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, ...

Climate-Change Denial: Aren’t We Past That?

October 15th, 2007 / Energy Transition, Science / 12 comments

New Planet Atheism blogger Tom Stelene (Al-Kafir Akbar!) seemed promising, but he moved quickly from some initial rational posts into full-bore "wingnut" climate-change ...

Praying I Can Deal With

September 28th, 2007 / Science / 14 comments

Last night I was visited by this magnificent lifeform and I grabbed my camera. Even funnier that I had just watched Pan's Labyrinth which has a central character modeled after ...