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    I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil--you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself.
    Dan Barker

    He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
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    The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
    Richard Dawkins

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How To Build A Cell


Since I was in the midst of writing a series about the non-fine tuning of the universe I decided to read a somewhat academic book from some advocates of fine tuning. Instead of the obvious apologetics of William Lane Craig and Dinesh D’Souza, I picked up a copy of Fitness Of The Cosmos For Life: Biochemistry And Fine-Tuning by John Barrow, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Freeland and Charles Harper. The forward was written by George M. Whitesides who is a Chemistry professor at Harvard and that is the reason I am writing this. Continue reading

Micro, Macro And Darwinism Foolishness


I have been hearing these comments many times lately. For the most part I have heard them from fundajelical Christians who claim microevolution happens while there is no possible way macroevolution could happen. Also for some reason they continue to call the modern theory of evolution Darwinism as if there have been no advances in the theory and it was finalized by Darwin in 1859. It is also interesting to notice that fundajelicals often call evolutionary theory Darwinism as if they are saying “yes, we have an irrational belief in a religion but you have an ‘ism’ too.” The saddest part is that I have heard these same three statements made by a self-proclaimed agnostic that believes in an intelligent creator (which means he is a theist not an agnostic). Since these mistaken beliefs are apparently so widespread, I figured writing an article addressing them would be a very good idea. Continue reading

Anatomical Quirks


In both creation stories from Genesis 1 and 2 we read that god created light before he created man [well before he created woman] so if he did create humans he either must need some really strong glasses or is such an incompetent designer that he should be fired. Continue reading

The Silent Genome


Today I was reading about the human body which raised a few questions pertaining to the bodies anatomical quirks [which I will write about soon] but two stood out above the rest. They stood out because in each case they were mostly out of the control of our genome. Continue reading

Life


Phylogenetic tree of life

Phylogenetic Tree Of Life

Life, it’s origins hold an extreme fascination to me. From a chemical standpoint life, as I wrote previously, was inevitable from the moment of the big bang. Quite an interesting concept when you really understand that means man is an inevitable and unavoidable outcome. In the past I have written about life’s possible inorganic origins and how it then underwent a chemical evolution changing it into biological life as we know it today. Today I would like to look at it from a different angle. Continue reading

Stem Cells And Human Cloning


"Naked" Egg

Egg

In a previous article I wrote, Stem Cells: What And Why, I discussed the topic of regeneration as a reason for the enormous potential of stem cell research. Another is cloning. By cloning one usually thinks of an entire animal as in Dolly the sheep but that is not what I am referring to. Continue reading

Stem Cells: What And Why?


Blastocyst, labeled in English

Blastocyst

Stem cells are a topic that definitely causes tons of arguments based on a misunderstanding of what they are and what they are capable of. In my previous article Church and Scientific Advancement I wrote a fairly short description of what an embryonic stem cell is and where they come from. Continue reading