August 31st, 2012
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  1. Science

    Agree ........Bill

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN


    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!..........

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before


    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.


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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young


    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.


    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute


    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.


    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN


    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”


    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \



    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...


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    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth


    Make sure to read comments

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    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.


    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are


    Holy Hallucinations 35


    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution


    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus


    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”


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    Cheech & Chong's History of 420


    All cults...........creationists, ID believers and devil cults.................

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.


    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.


    Education works for children

    Earth From Space

    Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth. Aired February 13, 2013 on PBS

    Program Description

    "Earth From Space" is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.


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  2. Jefferson Syner

    Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world.^

    Warm regards

    April 29, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  3. Robert

    I agree with Bill Nye totally. I had a great science teacher who told me that science deals in observable facts. This is what we must weigh. I am religious but do not need to destroy, ignore, or to push to aside clearly knowable scientific facts.

    Bill Nye is also correct that these days every child must know science better than ever before.

    November 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  4. Astra Navigo

    After the endless parade of Fundie morons through this column, It's refreshing to see some logic and reason.

    November 25, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  5. tom winchester

    Time to wake up an understand that churches have been misleading people for their own gain. Science has helped us to really understand our world and will continue to prove that many faith based ideas of our world are not the truth.

    November 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  6. Tom

    If you don't believe in evolution, don't get a flue shot every year.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Michael

      This is one of the simpler and more elegant ways to present evolution while avoiding that old and tired trap of monkey>man rage. I am a Christian, and this is exactly what I bring up anytime someone makes a comment about the "Science" conspiracy.

      September 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • TrueBeliever

      me too. i'm a christian and i believe that a guy rose from the dead with all his decaying body and his wounds healed, except for the holes in his hands from crucifixion. that wasn't healed because he god wanted to show us he was the same person. nobody could tell because his face totally changed. but he had holes in his hands so that means he came back from the dead. nobody would put holes in their hands deliberately to pretend they were jesus. that's just insane. that's why i believe in the lord. but i believe in evolution too, because who wouldn't believe that?

      September 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  7. Bruno

    Hmm, what if a supreme being designed evolution?

    Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?

    What if "the laws" of science and physics are quite different outside our tiny part of the world? This would include the concept of time.

    Scientists in 1300 are the ones who thought the world was flat. Keep that in mind. There is always more to learn.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Said

      Brun-boy, the bible in one section says the earth is flat, and in the other, that it is round. So, the bible contradicts itself. You can toss out the bible as not even agreeing with itself, without even comparing it with science.

      So, Brun-boy, how do you like them apples? Now go get your annual flu shot, thereby acknowledging that either you think that the bible babble about disease is wrong, or that you don't really believe the bible. Take yer pick, Brun-boy.

      September 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  8. the balogues

    dont even bother with people like socrates, they are not creative in their thinking and life style. (creative meaning the ability to adapt/evolve/change etc...) It is important to have some type of faith, even if that is atheism!, but its also important to keep faith and religion out of science and our education.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  9. TparTpatriot

    Teaching atheism is like teaching that the Earth doesn't exist and teaching evolution is like teaching people that Transformers is a true story.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • midwest rail

      Delusional idiocy.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Huebert

      I'm always amazed at the pride believers take in their own ignorance.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Andrew

      you don't "teach" atheism. It is a choice people make when they decide religion is not for them, or they don't believe the evidence proves religion.

      Your statement is silly. You basically said "since you don't believe what I do, which is based on FAITH and not empirical evidence, all other observations and science are false."

      Wow- your genius is astounding.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • wilted

      The US education system has a lot to answer for. People like this are holding back the human race.
      How such ignorance can exsist in the 21st century is amazing.

      October 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  10. hippypoet

    i bet this fell upon deaf ears. people when are you going to grow up!

    September 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  11. Open your eyes

    to all who dispute creationism I guess you don't believe there are actual birds that speak English ??? funny how there are parrots at every zoo but you find it hard to believe that throughout history at lease one other animal / species could talk.. hmm

    September 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • parrot speak

      The birds at the zoo do not speak. They have no understanding of language. They mimic sounds. This is SCIENCE. This comment is one more reason why education is lacking in this country. Nye is correct: Tax dollars should NOT be used to teach people what is clearly a belief that is not based on any fact – it is based on faith. Big difference. Think about it – your granite counter top would not exist in a creationism world. Too old. Those mountains are not a couple of hundred or even a couple of thousand years old. How does all of this get explained to school kids? Made by Satan? Mountains and the Earth is a lie? C'mon. There gets to be a point where you cannot deny the obvious. However, if that is what you want to think – that is your choice. Bottom line: keep your beliefs to yourself and your church, Leave it out of the schools. Simple.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Socrates

      If tax dollars couldn't be used to teach anything that isn't based on any facts, you couldn't even teach that the Earth goes around the Sun. It's not as simple as you think it is. Science is based on faith, as anything else.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • mama kindless


      "Science is based on faith, as anything else." Well sure there are always theories in the present. But people in science have the sense and methods to stay sensible about leaving behind things that are later proven false (or for which better theories come along). Religion can't say the same. It just stays unfounded and just becomes more so as time goes by.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Socrates

      Well... on your defense of science you made three assumptions on faith and you probably didn't even noticed. Funny.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  12. Newton

    Bill Nye is a kiddy science-show host. He's about the level of a grade school teacher. So it makes sense that the evolution crowd would consider him their champion because he' at about their level. But Bill Nye couldn't stand on the same stage and debate with someone like Norman Geisler, Henry Morris or John Whitcomb. Though those men are gracious, Nye's gross ignorance and stupidity would be exposed and he would be thoroughly humiliated.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Ryan

      You do realize this guy is an Ivy-league educated engineer right?

      I can debate evolution, just look at viruses and the growing resistance to anti-biotics. Look what happens to a domesticated pig, where within two generations in the wilderness, it grows tusks. We see evolution in our life times.

      Creationism is applying faith to science, there is no proof of it. You cannot prove creationism, it is blending science (facts and methods) with faith (believing in something for which you don't have tangible proof nor an ability to prove merit). These are completely different concepts and combining them seeks to simply science with religion.

      Quoting scripture doesn't prove anymore than quoting a Greek myth, these are books and tales written thousands of years ago, where plenty of their corresponding stories have been dis proven, and no tangible proof, what we would consider modern-day scientific proof still exists. We are going off stories passed down over the years and none that were written by those who knew the individuals being praised, but rather disciples, in the proceeding centuries.

      September 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Socrates

      And you say you can debate evolution?

      Poor kids...

      September 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • eric

      Bill Nye is not a grade school teacher. Do some research before you speak about things in a public level. Science is not based on faith, science is based on repeated test and observations called the scientific method. Cry and rabble all you want but don't lie.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Heath Watts

      Bill Nye could better spend his time debating the existence of the tooth fairy with a group of children than waste his time debating with lunatics such as Norman Geisler, Henry Morris or John Whitcomb.

      October 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  13. Omar

    Actually it was the great scientific minds which taught the earth was flat and that the sun orbitted it. Scientists need to stick to robots and medicine and leave the rest to God.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Socrates

      As a matter of fact, there is no scientific proof to either geocentrism or heliocentrism, and the idea that the early church or even the middle ages taught the Earth was flat is a myth that arised in the 19th century.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Michael

      you are such an idiot.

      September 24, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Mirosal

      Earth was flat ... as a myth .. true.. even the ancient Greeks and Egyptians KNEW the nworld was round. They just has no idea how big around it was. As far as heliocentric, I think you'd better look at astronomy. It's been proven beyond all doubt that we are in a heliocentric system. Even the church, who opposed and jailed those who said so, accepted the FACT that the planets all orbit the sun, and now teach this in private religious schools. I know this because I was sentenced to attend one for 10 years as a youngster.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Socrates

      Two wrongs, Mirosal. Eratosthenes calculated the Earth's diameter with remarkable accuracy 23 centuries ago, and no, there's no scientific proof of heliocentrism. Seriously, to not know that and throw away advice to study astronomy is proof you haven't done any yourself.

      Fact, many clerics and sunday school teachers teach heliocentrism, but despite what you think, they don't do that with official approval.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  14. Socrates

    John, presenting that as a counter example is proof you need to get yourself up to date on that.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  15. Socrates

    John, to present that as a counter example is proof you need to get yourself up to date on that issue and learn what the Galileo case really was about.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  16. Socrates

    John, actually, to present that as a counter example is proof you need to get yourself up to date on that issue, with some real books on the subject.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • blade1975

      Say it 4 times and your still wrong...

      Nice one!

      When at first you epic fail, keep failing, never admit your wrong!

      September 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Socrates

      If you aren't smart enough to realize by yourself what happened, it probably ain't worth to waste time explaining it.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  17. omeany

    Teach Christianity in church and home. Teach Science in the classroom. Keep religion out of the curriculum. The church has always been resistant to science and have often done everything possible to hide scientific evidence. Some of us actually believe fossils show man came from apes and do not believe in talking snakes and Noah's ark.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Socrates

      As a matter of fact, the catholic church was the major keeper and developer of scientific knowledge for centuries, and as far as I know, never did anything to hide scientific evidence. Without the church, science as is known today simply wouldn't exist, simple as that.

      What the church is resistant to is the current appeal to pose scientific theories as definite answers to metaphysical questions.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • John

      @Socrates – you might want to brush up on your history by reviewing the experience Galileo had with the church.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • ME II

      The Islamic religion keep the Ancient Greek's knowledge alive while Christianity fought among itself over Europe. Should we all convert to Islam because of it? Or should we recognize that science is independent of religion?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Socrates

      ME II, you can't recognize it for something it's not.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Socrates

      ME II, by the way, I don't know what you're talking about, man. I'm not saying anyone should convert to catholicism, I'm just saying the church is not an enemy of science as omeany tried to put.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • CTEd

      Socrates... you mean that only the church gets to pose whacked out unproveable nonsense (can't even call them theories) as definite answers to metaphysical questions.,,, I see.
      Oh and the church gets to decide what is metaphysical? The origin of life is physical, not metaphysical. We are made of carbon. Wether we have a soul is metaphyscial. The church can have that one. Creationism is the chuch butting in on SCIENCE, not the other way round.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • Socrates

      CTEd, you don't even know what metaphysics is and you want to have a word on what the church can and cannot do? Please, go study, come back in a few years.

      September 20, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • takawalk

      omeany- which fossils would that be? Sincere question, Could you enlighten me?

      September 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • charlotte

      Socrates, you are wrong. You are confusing the Catholic Church with the Medici.

      September 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Socrates

      No, I'm not.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:06 am |
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