October 21, 2009


Posted in Atheism, Creationism tagged , , , , at 10:23 am by Andrew

Here’s an interview in Salon with Richard Dawkins about his latest book, “The Greatest Show on Earth.

Whoa, look at that — it’s half off today. I just ordered my copy. You should order yours! Here, let’s let Dawkins himself give the pitch:

No, I’m not really aiming [the book] at creationists. I don’t think they read books anyway, except for one book. It’s aimed at the intelligent layperson who does read books and who vaguely knows a little bit about evolution and who vaguely knows that there are creationists and maybe even vaguely thinks that he’s a creationist himself, but who is curious and wants to know the evidence.

It’s just that the evidence is so enthralling, it’s so exciting. It is so wonderful that here we are on this planet and we understand why we’re here. And it’s just a sort of ecstatic feeling to understand why you exist, and I want to share that feeling with other people.

October 1, 2009

New Feathered Dinosaur Found

Posted in Science tagged , , , at 2:44 pm by Andrew

Very cool! Click here to read about Anchiornis huxleyi, the newest feathered dinosaur to be found in China:

Anchiornis huxleyi

With each new find, we learn more about the dinosaur-bird transition.

May 21, 2009

Darwinus masillae

Posted in Science tagged , at 2:51 pm by Andrew

Everything you need to know about Darwinus masillae, the new primate fossil released yesterday.

EDIT: Deleted inaccurate reference to hominid.

April 28, 2009

Loftus on “The Strange And Superstitious World of the Bible”

Posted in Atheism, The Bible tagged , , , , , at 9:26 am by Andrew

I thoroughly recommend John Loftus’s Why I Became An Atheist. In my mind it fills the gap nicely between pop-atheist works (like Dawkins) and specialized scholarship (such as Michael Martin). Of course, any well-read atheist or theist should have all three authors on their bookshelves, anyway.

John has rightly trumpeted his “Outsider Test for Faith” as a new and unique contribution to atheist counterapologetics (and I agree). But I wanted to focus in on a less-celebrated but still insightful passage. This is from page 152 of the paperback edition:
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April 17, 2009

A Very Nice Layperson’s Explanation of Recent Human Evolution

Posted in Science tagged , , , at 9:36 am by Andrew

Check out BoingBoing’s explanation of Ken Miller’s talk on chromosome fusion, which provides powerful confirmation of the shared ancestry between humans and apes.

One nit with the article: the author uses the term “chromosome” to mean “pair of chromosomes.” The fusion Miller describes occurred in pair 2, so humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes (46 total) and apes have 24.

March 4, 2009

Answering “Questions For Atheists” #2

Posted in Atheism, Questions For Atheists tagged , , , , at 11:47 am by Andrew

Part 1 in this series can be found here.

Over at Pharyngula, PZ Myers reproduces a “Questions For Atheists” handout being distributed by a Christian group before a lecture by Richard Dawkins. The questions are in bold; my answers are in regular type.
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February 23, 2009

New Christian Link

Posted in Atheism, Creationism, Science tagged , , , , at 3:20 pm by Andrew

I added James McGrath’s blog, Exploring Our Matrix, to the Christian blogroll — it’s another Christian site that’s worth your time even if you’re an atheist. And if you’re a science-believing Christian, you’ll want McGrath’s post on the non-threat evolution poses to Scripture at your disposal.