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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

Synthetic Life


I have heard time and again the tiresome creationist canard that life can’t be created in a lab. I have heard it again yesterday and it really irritated me to no end. Why was it so irritating this time? Besides being said by the same lady I wrote about in my article Evolution And Speciation, I have written two articles dealing with the subject and was reading a fascinating paper on the subject at the time. Continue reading

Is Life Unique?


"This dazzling infrared image from NASA's...

Space: The Final Frontier

Is life unique? That is a question asked by all religions and not surprisingly all religions claim it is. They also are wrong as I will attempt to show in this article. Continue reading