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Creationism and other idiotic beliefs trashed by Julie Payette

Oh, how I wish we had more politicians like Julie Payette, Canada’s Governor General, who have the courage to stand up in public for plain common sense. In a week that saw Rick Perry, America’s godly Energy Secretary, making a complete arse of himself by saying that fossils fuels could reduce sexual assaults in Africa, […]

A review of Yuval Noah Harari latest book, Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who had a best-seller with Sapiens: A brief history of humankind (2014; both books appeared originally in Hebrew, 2011 and 2014).   This follow-up, Homo Deus, suggests what the future may hold for our species; may, not will: Harari is not a prophet, though one has a passing thought […]

Richard Dawkins: ‘Islam is the most evil religion in the world’

Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the evolutionary biologist claimed that moderate Muslims were the biggest victims of fanatical Islamic ideology. It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it’s a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they’re not. If you look […]

Statue in Scopes Monkey trial town enrages Christian zealots

Inherit the Wind, the highly-acclaimed fictionalised account of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, chillingly portrayed the folk of a small Tennessee town as pig-ignorant Christian hicks. Stanley Kramer’s 1960 movie showed fanatics taking to the streets to demand the jailing of a high school substitute teacher who refused to fill his pupils’ heads with […]

Money for old dope: more than £1-m for Christian philosopher

Alvin Plantinga, 84, described by Christian Today as ‘a giant of philosophy and apologetics’ has been awarded £1.1m by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) , the US-based organisation that honours those who have ‘made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works’. Biologist Jerry A Coyne, PhD, author […]

Kill Bill: Science Guy’s ‘gay cure’ video riles the religious

American science presenter Bill Nye recently poured scorn on the idea that gays can be cured, and in doing so incurred the wrath of homophobic religious nutters. PinkNews reports that the popular science educator and TV host received death threats after an episode from his new Netflix talk show – Bill Nye Saves the World […]

Mandatory suggestions

Last Saturday, April 22, people around the world took part in the March for Science to defend the discipline against political interference. From climate change and pollution to medicine, men and women who support science were motivated on Saturday by the coverage of the recent Women’s March and are mobilising to make their concerns heard. You would […]

There’s always one imbecile …

Yesterday saw people take to the streets in their thousands across the world for a March for Science – but not everyone was on the side of those who gathered to reaffirm the importance of science to humanity’s continued existence on the planet. The photo above shows one prat who imagines that the Bible trumps […]

NASA slammed for illegally funding religious research

Why on earth (or in space) would America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) want to spend more than $1 million in taxpayer money on theological research? That’s the question being asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which claims that the 2015 grant to the Center of Theological Inquiry is “patently unconstitutional”. In […]

Religion may cure Muslims with mental health issues

That’s the view of Dr Ghazala Mir, above, of Leeds University’s Institute of Health Sciences. She believes that therapists who have traditionally shied away from involving religion – and often regard it as the cause of mental illnesses – are wrong. According to the BBC, Mir said: We know that in Muslim populations people can […]