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Fun: Scooby Doo and the Silly Skeptics

Here: In “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island,” the gang encounters real zombies and ghosts for the first time. But Fred explains away the evidence by appealing to increasingly absurd naturalistic explanations. In the end, even Fred recognizes that his explanations simply can’t account for the facts. Atheists often call themselves “skeptics.” But when we consider the methodology they apply when questioning God’s existence, we find that the atheist’s methodology rules out all evidence for God’s existence even before considering what the evidence is. In this video, David Wood uses some clips from “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island” and some clips from his recent debate with Dr. Michael Shermer to show why it’s becoming impossible to take atheists seriously when they demand evidence Read More ›

A serious discussion of frog evolution

From a truly rotund source: ATHENS, OH—Claiming the finding could shed new light on the diversity of amphibian life, scientists from Ohio University announced Thursday that they had discovered a new species of frog that had evolved the ability to spontaneously grow a top hat and cane. “Herpetologists Discover Species Of Frogs That Evolved To Spontaneously Grow Top Hat And Cane” at The Onion From other seriously elite and stuffed up science sources: See also: A TED talk for the truly erudite “Neil deGrasse Tyson” debuts at the Babylon Bee in an op-ed Babylon Bee: Bill Nye To Dress Up As Real Scientist For Halloween and Yes, there IS an Old Earth Creation Museum! Open six billion years a week.

Here’s a film Jerry Coyne needs to see

This is in regard to: Is Darwinist Jerry Coyne starting to get it about SJW “science”? To Jerry: Your biggest problem is whether either you or your colleagues believe strongly enough that there is such a thing as truth, as opposed to an evolved illusion of your consciousness, that you would band together to fight off the aggrieved tentacles and suckers? It would be dreadful to see you and a few others all alone out there, but that’s what it’s coming down to. Anyway, we didn’t send the guy in the vid, so don’t try sending him back to us. We’re just passing on the info. Back to our regular coverage soon. – News

A TED talk for the truly erudite

Your co-workers just won’t know WHAT to think, when they hear you expound this Ted Talk: Self proclaimed “thought leader,” Pat Kelly gives his talk on “thought leadership” at the annual This Is That Talks in Whistler, B.C. In the seminar, Kelly covers: How to talk with your hands, how to get a standing ovation, and how to inspire people by saying nothing at all. Courtesy the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation * Yes, a parody, but we knew we didn’t need to tell our readers that. Follow UD News at Twitter! See also: “Neil deGrasse Tyson” debuts at the Babylon Bee in an op-ed Babylon Bee: Bill Nye To Dress Up As Real Scientist For Halloween and Yes, there IS an Old Earth Creation Read More ›

Cats played a unique role in the space program

Back in the 1960s, space scientists needed to know if it is true that a cat always lands on its feet: NASA contributed funding to the paper “A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon,” published in the International Journal of Solids and Structures, by Stanford’s T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher. What was so significant about the paper was that it demonstrated that cats are physically capable of rotating their body in mid-air to right themselves when falling. A cat employs specific motor functions in order to achieve this self-righting mechanism, and the paper analyzed these functions as equations that could then be applied to humans. While this function isn’t very useful to humans on earth, it’s critically important in Read More ›

Babylon Bee: Bill Nye To Dress Up As Real Scientist For Halloween

From the Babylon Bee: ENCINO, CA—Speaking to reporters Tuesday, television personality Bill Nye announced his plans to spend the evening of Halloween roaming his upscale Los Angeles neighborhood dressed as an actual scientist. “I’ve always wanted to be a real scientist, and I have the perfect costume,” said Nye, best known for playing the title role on the 1990’s Saturday morning children’s program Bill Nye The Science Guy. “I already have a lab coat and bow tie that make me look super science-y.” … “I’ll have to be careful what I say that night,” he added. “My costume is so convincing, people might believe that my personal opinions about a multitude of topics are actual scientific facts.” More. Sure. When Onions Read More ›

Spoof: March for Science Exposed

From a prankster (“Viva da Nada”) at “CMM News”: … Bill Nye the science guy was not actually present for this broadcast. Bennetville, California, has been a ghost town since 1890. No liberals were harmed in the making of this film. More. Friends find it heavy-handed; I (O’Leary for News) would send the latter half back to rewrite.* But be glad if you live in a place where you can just decide for yourself. Thoughts? * Less bludgeon, more Onion, please! See also: Marchin’, marchin’ for Science (Hint: the problems are back at your desk, not out in the streets) Follow UD News at Twitter!

Richard Dawkins needs to lie down

No, really. See this: PLEASE read https://t.co/vEUBmgqcwL Terrifying. Sinister social-media bots read minds & manipulate votes. Explains mystery of Trump & Brexit — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) February 27, 2017 Dawkins now appears to be channelling persons who cannot handle the new non-gatekeeper world of online media, who think it must all be a big plot involving fake news, the alt right, the Russians, and all things that scare them.     Memo From: UD News To: UD News Robotics Dawkinsbot II Special Project Re: Retooling needed for Dawkinsbot II – urgent Our revamped Dawkinsbot has been performing fabulously to date.* But AI experts are warning that our introduction of a ramped-up politics algorithm could endanger the entire mechanism. We have Read More ›

Chimp enters Smoke Age

O’Leary for News: Yes, yes, I know I shouldn’t be putting this story up; I should pay attention to real news, but: From North Korea we learn about a chimp who smokes a pack a day. Okay, back to work soon. But is this cruelty to chimps? See also: Are apes entering the Stone Age? Follow UD News at Twitter!

The intelligent design of beer

Before we get back to our sober coverage, from Ewen Callaway at Scientific American: Geneticists have traced the history of beer’s most important ingredient: yeast. By sequencing the genomes of nearly 200 modern strains of brewer’s yeast, the research reveals how, over hundreds of years, humans transformed the wild fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae into a variety of strains tuned for particular tipples. An evolutionary tree of the yeast strains revealed distinct families of yeast used for making wine, bread and saké, and two distantly related groups of ale yeast, including strains from Belgium, Germany, Britain and the United States. More. Genomics will be used to produce new strains. Evolution goes really fast when there is design and purpose involved. And who Read More ›

New Scientist offers lessons in successful narcissism

No, really. From Emma Young at New Scientist: HUMILITY. Empathy. Selflessness. These are qualities most of us associate with being a “nice person”. But being nice doesn’t often help you in the fierce competition to get that job, win a project or secure a promotion. No one likes an egocentric big-head but if, as they say, “you are your own brand”, perhaps in this modern world it pays to be a bit narcissistic. More. You’d have to pay to read much more. From O’Leary for News: I am beginning to like New Scientist. I used to trash them, but that was before serious people started wondering about things like rethinking evolution and the impact of the war on falsifiability. And Read More ›