People Are Apes! And That’s Very Bad for Creator Belief
The recent dispute in Free Inquiry over whether or not humans are apes spotlights a very important controversy that keeps popping up in the secular and skeptical communities. As is usual, the dispute was between non-biologists. In the biological community, there is no disagreement on the matter. As an active paleozoologist who publishes in the …
The Failure of Fusion Power
As a young Royal Air Force officer, Arthur C. Clarke helped develop a radar landing system as part of a team with Louis Alvarez, who then aided the Manhattan project, later helped determine when the three shots were fired at president Kennedy, and then proposed that a meteor impact wiped out the dinosaurs. Shortly after …
Why No God Cares If Ken Miller Has Free Will
The Human Instinct, by Kenneth Miller (Simon and Schuster, 2017, ISBN 978-1476790268). 304 pp. Hardcover, $26.00. Although Kenneth Miller, a pro-evolution cell and molecular biologist, is within the modern liberal, science-friendly wing of Roman Catholics, in the end he is a creationist in the sense that he believes there really is a supernatural creator deity. …
Oil is Godly
These days, many who are secular and/or on the center-left just don’t get why so many on the evangelical Right seem so darn dead-set on denying the threat of global climate change, to the point that they thrill in chanting “Drill, baby, drill!” Many may imagine that if duly educated about the science of CO2-driven …
How Giant Birds Help Disprove the Existence of a Good God
There is no biological necessity for predators; a good God could have (and should have!) arranged the world differently.
Go Ahead, Beat Your Dog—If You’re Christian
The suffering of animals is an overwhelming, screamingly obvious contradiction to the ridiculous notion that there is a good god.
The Great Accidental Illusion
It’s important to understand that the “beautiful total eclipses should be seen as compelling evidence of God” thing is part of a greater cover-up conspiracy…
Religion is Not the Solution to America’s (or Russia’s) Problems
Secularization continues to make big gains. Those Americans who rank themselves as nonreligious and those who qualify as atheists (broadly defined as those who are not theists) each ballooned by a tenth of the total population in just ten years.
The Hadza: A People without Religion
“For all we know, lots of Ice Age hunter-gatherers were not religious. The problem is that there’s no way to tell.”
Jesus Was No Man of Peace: The Bible Says He Was a Violent Coward
The popular image of Jesus as a man of peace is not supported even by the Bible. Nontheists should stop paying it lip service.
Groundbreaking Op-Ed Puts Spotlight on Anti-Atheist Bigotry
American mainstream media have long criticized discrimination against Jews, African Americans, and Hispanics, yet they’ve been doing an excellent job of playing down, if not outright ignoring, chronic bigotry against atheists. The rarity of atheist-friendly op-eds on major papers’ opinion pages has been a reflection of this bias. Having conducted groundbreaking research on the links …
The Big Religion Questions Finally Solved
Advanced sociological research has determined that dysfunctional socioeconomic factors are responsible for the origin and historical popularity of religious faith and that sci ence, secure prosperity, and consumerism are radically undermining faith all across the first world. Contrary to naysayers, the so-called secularization hypothesis (which predicts that social and scientific advances will drive a gradual …