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“Even when Darwin’s teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific, materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature, was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology.” -Trofim Lysenko When it comes to many issues, democracy and popular opinion does and should determine the outcome. But when…

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” -John F. Kennedy No one likes being denied an opportunity — or told they shouldn’t do something they want to — solely because of the way they are. That’s especially true when it comes to something that’s…

“The fundamental choice is not whether humans will have faith, but rather what the objects of their faith will be, and how far and into what dimensions this faith will extend.” -Matt Emerson Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Matt Emerson asserts that science is faith-based, since scientists believe that the predictions of their theories…

“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.” -Alexis de Tocqueville You don’t need to be right to…

“Our knowledge of physics only takes us back so far. Before this instant of cosmic time, all the laws of physics or chemistry are as evanescent as rings of smoke.” -Joe Silk When people use the word theory colloquially, they use it to mean an “idea” or a “possibility” that could conceivably be at play.…

“Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it.” -Naomi Wolf Geoff Marcy. Tim Slater. Christian Ott. And a great many more who are just waiting to be publicly exposed for what they’ve done (and in many cases, are still doing). Does it mean that astronomy has…

When we look at the vast expanse of stars in the night sky, we can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Not just at the gas giants, rocky worlds, comets, asteroids, moons, and homeless planets strewn throughout our galaxy and all the galaxies beyond our own, but about what life — what possibilities…

How did Geoff Marcy happen? (Synopsis)

“There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.” –Denis Diderot Last week, news broke that UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy — perhaps the most famous single person in the field of exoplanet discoveries and study — was found guilty by a University panel…

“I can look in their eyes and see it. That’s the best feeling I can have. … I know I didn’t affect their lives just today, but it carries on for years and years to come.” –Warrick Dunn When most people think about the NFL, they think of a sport they either enjoy watching or couldn’t…

“It is worthwhile, too, to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a pupil’s mind from effort.” –Quintilian We live in a society where we often draw this dichotomy between “our side,” which is always right, and “their side,” which is against us and, of course, always…