Category Archives: intelligent design

Podcast #257 – Is Intelligent Design Dead (or Just Regrouping)?

We discuss a recent article by Donald Prothero in Skeptic magazine, in which he looks at the state of the Intelligent Design movement, ten years after its stinging defeat in Kitzmiller v. Dover. The overwhelming majority of scientists are against … Continue reading

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April 18 in freethought history…

April 18, 1857 - Attorney and civil rights activist Clarence Darrow is born in Kinsman, Ohio. He is best known for leading the defense in famous 20th-century cases like Leopold and Loeb and the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial. Darrow was active … Continue reading

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April 14 in freethought history…

April 14, 1950 - Geneticist Francis Collins is born in Staunton, Virginia. Collins is best known as former head of the Human Genome Project and as current Director of the National Institutes of Health. He has sparked controversy for his outspoken … Continue reading

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March 9 in freethought history…

March 9, 1957 – Biologist, Pharyngula blogger and atheist activist Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is born in Kent, Washington. Myers has been a lightning rod for controversy: he was criticized for desecrating a Eucharist; he was denied entry to a … Continue reading

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December 20 in freethought history…

December 20, 1837 – Freethought publisher Charles Chilton Moore is born near Lexington, Kentucky. Moore was a pastor when, as Moore himself told it, he invited a distant cousin to read and discuss with him a selection of books both for … Continue reading

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September 26 in freethought history…

September 26, 1833 – English atheist and activist Charles Bradlaugh is born in London. He founded the National Secular Society and became one of the first open atheists (if not the first open atheist) elected to the British Parliament. He … Continue reading

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Podcast #195 – Ham-on-Nye Recap

We analyze the recent Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate on the scientific viability of Creationism. While we’re at it, we discuss the new HBO documentary Questioning Darwin and Kevin Jackson’s e-book Darwin’s Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle (available for Kindle). And … Continue reading

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Podcast #179 – Manchester TN Gets Ugly

After a local politician in Manchester, Tennessee posted an anti-Muslim image online, the American Muslim Advisory Council organized a public event aimed at encouraging discussion of religion diversity and informing citizens about the difference between free speech and hate crimes. … Continue reading

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Is it time for all religions to accept evolution?

I’d rather ask the question “Is it time for all religions to go away?” but…this exploration (from the BBC program The Big Questions) of the compatibility of evolution by natural selection with mainstream religion is just about as calm and … Continue reading

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Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? Part 2 of 3

[The following commentary is provided by a friend of this blog who wishes to remain anonymous. He has stated flatly that were his views on religion made public, it would harm his business with the locals. The workshop he critiques … Continue reading

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