Explaining Global Warming (or Lack Thereof)

From Prager University, to go along with the previous video takedown of moon landing truthers, here’s a simple, straightforward explanation of why global warming hysterics are silly ninnies:

Explaining Things to Dumb People

This guy may not be Mr. Charisma, but I watched with fascination as he explained with total deadpan clarity how the moon landings could not have been faked, and how people who think they were are full of hooey: Perfect. A guy who knows his stuff laying out facts that everyone can understand and no sane person can deny. I wish More …

The Fabricated War Between Religion and Science

We’re constantly told that science and religion are like Kanye West and Taylor Swift — arch enemies incapable of coexistence, two Venn diagram circles that don’t overlap at any point. Well, dear reader, I know smart, cosmopolitan people like you and me don’t believe that. But how did that misconception become part of conventional wisdom? Who Hatfield-and-McCoy-ified science and religion? Justin More …

The Science is Settled! – Big Bang Edition

Whenever you talk to someone who tries to end an argument by saying, “The science is settled!” just assume he’s an idiot and move on. You know the Big Bang? That science must be settled, because that’s how the universe came to be, right? I mean, how else could it? Well, turns out that maybe it didn’t happen: The universe may More …

Darkness at the Edge of Science

Via the Twitter feed of Jennifer Fulwiler, some really interesting tidbits on mysteries that science still can’t solve. Like for instance: Every so often, a discovery happens that forces us to re-imagine what we think we know about humanity, and how we got to where we are today. Turkey’s Göbekli Tepe is certainly one such discovery. The site, located at the More …

Are Crazy Religious Stories Good for Our Brains?

Connor Wood at the Science on Religion blog thinks that yes, yes they are: To put it simply, the mind’s causal stories tend to assume that whatever has happened in the past will determine what happens in the future. In the crisp realm of Newtonian physics, this is generally a good assumption. But in the unmanageably complex sphere of personal More …

Big Bang Science Raises Questions

As it should. Raising questions is one of the main jobs of science, after all. But some of those questions are addressed straight on, and others are danced around harder than a boom box in either Breakin’ or Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. GetReligion highlights some of the latter kind of questions in the coverage of recent Big Bang experiments. First, More …

It’s Not a Fact Argument; It’s a Perspective Argument

The re-boot of the series Cosmos (along with the recent slap fight between Bill Nye and Ken Ham) has brought science vs. religion jousting back to the front pages. And the story is exactly the same as it was the last time, and the time before that, and so on, back into infinity (or back to last Tuesday, if you’re More …

How Science and Religion Became the Hatfields and the McCoys

Connor Wood has a compelling post on the history, and the future, of the ongoing slap-fight between science and religion. There are a lot of quotable parts, so I’m going to quote a lot: since the 19th century, the religion-science divide has been encouraged by the popularizers of Science for the sake of their profession. What do I mean? Here’s what T.H. More …

There is No Conflict Between the Bible and Science

White Horse Inn is posting video answers to the most common apologetics questions, including this one about the false conflict between religious belief and science:

Babies Don’t Know Jack About Morality

The Atlantic on studies that purport to show that babies are born with an understanding of morality: Human babies, before they learn how to speak and even hold up their own bodies, are capable of not only telling the difference between right and wrong, but of making morally fraught decisions, a finding that shocked scientists when it was uncovered about More …

Reorientation

In USA Today (a paper that is just begging to get bought by some gazillionaire; Mark Cuban, wouldn’t those infographics look great on your mantle?), Nicholas A. Cummings defends sexual reorientation therapy: …contending that all same-sex attraction is immutable is a distortion of reality. Attempting to characterize all sexual reorientation therapy as “unethical” violates patient choice and gives an outside party a More …

Are Extroverts Happier?

From WSJ.com: Extroverts, those outgoing, gregarious types who wear their personalities on their sleeve, are generally happier, studies show. Some research also has found that introverts, who are more withdrawn in nature, will feel a greater sense of happiness if they act extroverted.  Experts aren’t entirely sure why behaving like an extrovert makes people feel better. One theory is that More …

The Scientific Pretensions of Atheism

David Berlinski–philosopher, mathematician, and atheist–says that, despite the proclamations of many atheists, atheism isn’t necessarily so scientific: (Via Justin Taylor)

Breaking News: A Scientist Believes in the Bible

And over at Jesus Creed, that selfsame scientist writes about some misconceptions concerning science and faith, and why he doesn’t buy ’em: Science has proven that miracles are impossible. We’ve heard this statement in many forms and many places. It is, of course, not true. Science cannot disprove miracles, as science can only address the question of normal or natural More …

Is There a Conflict Between Science and Religion?

The stereotypical belief among the non-religious is that religious believers get some kind of rash when they come into contact with science. But as reported in the Science on Religion blog, a recent study–a scientific study, mind you–give us reason to believe that’s just not the case: The results provided quite a surprise: not only did all Christian groups have More …

The Heretic

Which group is more vicious toward people who dissent from group orthodoxy: religious believers or scientific secularists? I know where I’d put my money. The Weekly Standard has a profile of one such dissenter: atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel. Though he doesn’t believe in God, he also has the temerity to say that Darwinism isn’t all that: The neo-Darwinian materialist account More …

This is Your Brain on the Eternal

An interesting post at Acculturated scratches the surface (“And believe me, it’s a surface that needed scratching.” – David Letterman) of the question of transcendence: Are religious experiences real or just a fluke of misfiring neurons in our brain? So many good quotes in that piece, it’s hard to pick just one that gives you the gist, so let’s go More …

C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism

C.S. Lewis (pause while I squeal like a girl in the front row of a One Direction concert) made a strong case against twisting science into a tool for “perfecting” man and society, most notably in The Abolition of Man. If you don’t have time to read that, well, you probably need to loosen up your schedule. But this documentary More …

Signature in the Cell

Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, lectures on the scientific case for intelligent design: (Via Justin Taylor)