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Happy Carl Sagan Day!

His birthday is actually on Monday, but today marks the first annual event initiated by Broward College in Florida. In honor of the event, here is Carl Sagan’s final interview prior to his death. Amazing isn’t it that the science vs. religion debate hasn’t changed much after 15 years. But it must be the atheists…

The website Atheism Exposed claims that religion is under attack and that an all out counterinsurgency campaign is needed to defend the godly: Militant atheism should concern all believers. It is a form of fanaticism on a par with extreme religious movements. Like religious extremism it is characterized by intensity and arrogance. Like religious extremism…

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. On this day, in 1604, Guy Fawkes was arrested in his attempt to overthrow the English monarchy by blowing up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I (who would…

Caught your attention, didn’t it? Mine too. This morning I came across Steve Silberman’s twitter headline pointing out that when people typed “I Am Extremely” into the Google search bar, one of the top suggestions was “Terrified of Chinese People.” Fascinated to see what fools these mortals be, I clicked the link only to discover…

It’s been an unusually busy week, so I apologize for the lack of original posts, but I just came upon Christopher Hitchens’ latest piece in Slate reflecting on the many debates he’s had with religious proponents in the last few years. His new film, Collision, looks fascinating and I look forward to reviewing it. What…

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

Michael Shermer in a video produced by the Richard Dawkins Foundation

Whose Health Coverage Would Jesus Deny?

Answer: Everyone that couldn’t afford it, if his representatives are any indication. From People for the American Way: Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, on a recent conference call for anti-choice activists, sounded both those charges, calling reform legislation a “huge abortion industry bailout” as well as a “health care power grab by the federal…

Science and the Worship of Truth

I am tremendously excited to have David Sloan Wilson as a member of ScienceBlogs, and having had a small role in his decision is extremely gratifying. However, I take serious issue with the thesis of his first entry that bears the subtitle “Science as a Religion that Worships Truth as its God.” This sat uncomfortably…

Classical literature has judged Helen of Troy harshly. Because she chose Paris after having children with Menelaus, her chroniclers condemn her for the destruction of a great society. In Homer’s Odyssey the bard writes: Helen would never have yielded herself to a man from a foreign country, if she had known that the sons of…

Sell the Vatican, Feed the World

You know, it could work. Consider the Vatican’s net worth as reported by Paul Velelli in the London Independent: