Science, Evolution, and Creationism (FREE BOOK)

23 02 2008

I know, those damn scientists are always biased towards positions with evidence. This is a good little book you can download for free or buy for your favorite creationist (it makes a GREAT GIFT!). You can thank me later, but as I am expecting it…

You’re welcome!
Super J.

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How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.

In the book Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including “intelligent design.” The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes.

Why We Suffer

19 02 2008

Chair of the religious studies department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Bart D. Ehrman wrestles with faith and the question of if there’s an all-powerful and loving God, why do human beings suffer?

HERE is an exceptionally interesting radio interview with Terry Gross as well as an excerrpt from Ehrman’s new book ‘God’s Problem’. I encourage everyone to give this a listen.

Super J

50% of Americans Don’t Believe Evolution

8 02 2008

Sure, we’ve all heard that statistic before but, honestly, I can’t help feeling utterly embarrassed as an American every time I hear it.

Anyhow, this is from an older but still great video series from Richard Dawkins called Break the Science Barrier. Enjoy.

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This Is Why God Likes Us More

7 02 2008

I’m just going to take this directly from Pharyngula. A great lily of a post that requires no additional gilding. -SJ

We’re in a war, we’re looking at a looming mortgage crisis, and I can tell you that our educational system is getting flushed down the tubes, and what does our brave congress do? Why, it decides to make the words “In God We Trust” bigger on our coins.

Responding to complaints from the Religious Right, Congress has passed legislation mandating that the phrase “In God We Trust” be moved from the edge to the back or front of the new presidential dollar coins.

President George W. Bush signed the measure into law Dec. 26. It was tucked into a $555 billion domestic spending bill after having been pushed by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). Brownback and other Religious Right conservatives have been complaining about the new coins since the series started last year.

Oh, yeah. That’s a solution. Maybe God will like us better if put his name in bigger print on our money.

They’re all delusional fuckwits.

Are You In The Top 1%?

3 02 2008

Unless you had an average 2006 income of $1,272,000, probably not. So just in case you’re against the rich being taxed their fair share the Citizens for Tax Justice did a little analysis for you.

The wealthiest one percent of Americans received an average tax break of $84,482 per family member. This exceeds their added debt burden of $54,130 per person by $30,352. Let me make this live a little for you, an average family of four in this bracket just got $337,928 tax break and is responsible for $216,520 LESS of the debt incurred by this country.

In contrast, the other 99 percent of us received a tax break of $2,616 (sweet!) but our added debt burden increased by $9,782 per person. Yes, that’s $7,166 per person added tax burden for all of us not in the top 1% of Americans. Again, if you’re feeding a family of four your total tax burden went UP $28,664.

Apparently “fiscally conservative” means “fuck absolutely everyone except the rich”. Still feel like voting for a Republican?