Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Atheism Books of interest

Coffee with new atheists: A laptop, a publisher, and an ego the size of a … and out comes a Bible!

Brendan O’Neill invites readers to avoid the latest “anti-Bibles”, asking, Why, given their obtuse and ostentatious hostility towards organised religion and spiritual hoo-ha, are the so-called New Atheists so keen to refashion the Bible? What’s with all these secularist versions of ‘the good book’, minus the original’s miracles and resurrections and instead offering us guides to Read More…

Christian Darwinism

Mother of all circuses comes to town – this one must have thirty-three rings

Stopped counting. Rev. Michael Dowd, in his own words a “religious naturalist” andalso “evolutionary Christian mystic naturalist” wants us to know about “Evolutionary Christianity”: FEATURING MANY OF TODAY’S MOST INSPIRING CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND ESTEEMED SCIENTISTS—INCLUDING NOBEL LAUREATES, TEMPLETON PRIZE-WINNERS, AND LUMINARIES FROM NEARLY EVERY DENOMINATION. HOST: Rev. Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution, Read More…

Cosmology

Space, time, and quantum teleportation of light

From Rebecca Boyle at PopSci.com, we learn, “Researchers Succeed in Quantum Teleportation of Light Waves: Like Schrödinger’s cat, teleported light is both dead and alive” (04.15.2011) In this experiment, researchers in Australia and Japan were able to transfer quantum information from one place to another without having to physically move it. It was destroyed in Read More…

Evolution Religion

Pope says humans are not blizzard of randomness. Also says he is Catholic. And that it’s Easter.

In “Pope: Humanity isn’t random product of evolution” (Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, Sat Apr 23), we learn: VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI marked the holiest night of the year for Christians by stressing that humanity isn’t a random product of evolution. Benedict emphasized the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily Saturday, Read More…

Cosmology

Last call for real coffee!! “God particle” supposedly found

From Fox News LiveScience, we learn: World’s Largest Atom Smasher May Have Detected ‘God Particle’ (April 22, 2011): A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world’s largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle.” The controversial rumor is based on Read More…

Atheism Darwinism

New atheist Darwinist demands that Chronicle of Higher Education promote “incivility” toward religion

Jerry “No, Uncommon Descent did NOT invent him*” Coyne asks: When is The Chronicle of Higher Education going to put the kibosh on the irrelevant and incoherent tirades of Gnu-Bashers [new atheist bashers – ed.] like Michael Ruse and Jacques Berlinerblau, whose continual attacks on atheists don’t do the journal any good? But in the Read More…

Evolutionary psychology Peer review

Evilicious?: Monkeys r’ us prof Marc Hauser barred from Harvard lecture room

From New Scientist we learn, “Shamed Harvard scientist is barred from the classroom” (Peter Aldhous, 21 April 2011): Marc Hauser, the prominent animal cognition researcher found guilty of scientific misconduct by Harvard University last year, is to receive no rapid rehabilitation by his closest colleagues. He’s the one who made Discover’s Top Ten Retractions list Read More…

Human evolution Mind

Rationalization, not reason drives doubts about Darwin – science writer Chris Mooney

In “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science” (Mother Jones, April 18, 2011), Chris Mooney offers to explain “How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.” For example, Consider a person who has heard about a scientific discovery that deeply challenges her belief in divine creation—a new hominid, say, that Read More…

Human evolution

Coffee!! Evolution of sweat: Not sweatin’ it, just askin’

Latest news from Loughborough University in Leistershire, UK (18 April 2011): “Sweat research sparks evolution speculation”: Research at Loughborough University to find out where athletes sweat the most has revealed surprising results (the cntral and lower back, near the spine).  [ … ] Discussions with colleagues with expertise in evolutionary biology raised a speculative explanation. Read More…