ozatheist on October 25th, 2008

Catalyst had an interesting segment this week titled The Ultimate Mammal Family Tree, you can watch the video, read the transcript and download the family tree diagram. Worth watching, I think it’s quite a unique way to represent the evolution of the species, when you see the time scale represented like this it’s not hard [...]

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ozatheist on February 3rd, 2008

There is scientific evidence that evolution has endowed us with ethical impulses.  So states the sub-heading of an excellent article on ‘the moral instinct’ in this weekends Sydney Morning Herald (Page 26/27 of the Spectrum section) written by Steven Pinker. This article originally appeared in The New York Times on 13 Jan 08, here is [...]

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ozatheist on January 23rd, 2008

I’m all out of original thoughts today, so here’s a few trackbacks to some blogs I read today: Daylight Atheism – On the Limits of Knowledge Not A Blog – Bad Atheist Responses to Christianity No More Hornets‘ rather silly Presidential campaign I also got around to reading the rest of comments on Sean the [...]

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ozatheist on January 11th, 2008

Only one of the above is truth! Maragon, at ‘atheism is rational‘, has written an article on what she doesn’t like about Creationists/IDers. I’m sure she’s not the first, and won’t be the last, but she has some good points on how IDers use science only when it suits their needs. I particularly like the [...]

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ozatheist on January 7th, 2008

The National Academies Press has released, for free, a book on Science, Evolution and Creationism. Science, Evolution, and Creationism … Read this FREE online! Full Book From the academies web site: The National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine have released Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a book designed to give the public a comprehensive [...]

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ozatheist on January 3rd, 2008

It seems paying for sex may have evolutionary roots (pun unintended). A recent study, reported in todays news and newscientist, … found that male macaques pay for intercourse by using grooming as a currency. The article reports that: On average, females had sex 1.5 times per hour, but immediately after being groomed by a male [...]

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ozatheist on December 28th, 2007

from The Frame Problem via Daily Kos Remember in 2005 when advocates for the Flying Spaghetti Monster played a major role in having Intelligent Design removed from Kansas public school science classes? Well this time they’ve managed to stop it happening at the Polk County School in Tampa, Florida. I congratulate Bobby and his fellow [...]

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ozatheist on December 15th, 2007

Evolution vs creation row ends in stabbing This is a rather sad story how an argument and a few drinks can turn very sour. Two guys start arguing about evolution versus creationism and one guy stabs the other after being attacked by the other. The somewhat aptly named Alexander Christian York, who was arguing for [...]

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ozatheist on December 11th, 2007

A recent study has determined that the process of human evolution has sped up. From news.com.au a team of scientists has shown that Contrary to conventional wisdom, which holds that human evolution has slowed to a crawl or even stopped in modern humans, the researchers’ analysis suggested that the process of natural selection has sped [...]

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