Which Religions Would Have The Hardest Time Accepting Alien Life?

The list of known planets beyond our solar system is ever-growing. To many, this suggests the day when scientists detect signs of extraterrestrial life could soon be at hand. When that day comes, which religions will struggle to reconcile such a discovery with their beliefs – and which will adapt in stride? » 10/17/14 3:40pm 10/17/14 3:40pm

This Dinosaur Tricycle Kills State-Funded Religious Education

Artist Markus Moestue made headlines recently by pedaling across Norway's bible belt (a term describing the Southern and Western parts of Norway, apparently) on a hand crafted dino-trike – a tour he undertook in protest "against the dogmatic religious education of children" in state schools. See now this raptor-tastic… » 9/10/14 10:30am 9/10/14 10:30am

Oprah pisses off atheists by saying they've no sense of awe or wonder

On a recent episode of Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey told long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad that it's inconsistent for atheists to experience "awe" and "wonder," prompting one of the most awkward conversations about God and faith that you'll ever see. » 10/15/13 8:40am 10/15/13 8:40am

Packages sealed with "Atheist" tape go missing 10x more often than…

Does the United States Postal Service discriminate against atheists? A recent experiment suggests it does. ATHEIST SHOES is a German based-company that, as its name suggests, makes comfy kicks "for people who don't believe in god(s)." The company regularly ships shoes, like the ones pictured above, to America. When it… » 3/27/13 9:20am 3/27/13 9:20am

Why we study duck penises

The latest melee in the culture wars over public science funding comes from conservative CNS News, who apparently just discovered a government-funded study from 6 years ago on duck genitalia. » 3/25/13 12:15pm 3/25/13 12:15pm

In Oklahoma, faith-based explanations can get you an "A" in science…

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee considered HB 1674 — a House bill that would prevent teachers in science classes from penalizing students who contest evolutionary principles with untestable, faith-based claims. » 2/21/13 2:21pm 2/21/13 2:21pm

41% of Democrats are young-Earth creationists

Contrary to popular belief, science denialism is not confined to the political right. Over at Scientific American, Michael Shermer expounds on the harsh reality of the "Liberal War on Science": » 1/23/13 9:40am 1/23/13 9:40am

Creationist textbooks are garbage, creationist textbooks are garbage,…

A report issued earlier this year by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance concluded that U.S. students are failing to bridge the educational chasm separating them from their foreign peers1. "Textbooks" like this one will help ensure that things stay that way: » 12/28/12 10:49am 12/28/12 10:49am

Dr Pepper releases evolution advertisement, the Internet loses its shit…

Yesterday afternoon, Dr Pepper posted an image to Facebook depicting human evolution, and now everyone is yelling at one another. This has been a monumental waste of everyone's time. So let's talk about it. » 9/14/12 11:39am 9/14/12 11:39am

South Korea will keep evolution in its high school textbooks!

Good news, everyone. In the battle over whether or not to include examples of evolution in South Korean textbooks, evolution has finally achieved a much-needed (if somewhat belated) victory. » 9/11/12 1:30pm 9/11/12 1:30pm

Bill Nye: "Creationism is not Appropriate for Children"

If the denial of evolution is holding society back, what can be done about it? According to Bill Nye, the answer lies in cutting our losses, favoring science education in our youth over stagnant arguments with benighted adults. » 8/26/12 8:40am 8/26/12 8:40am

Would people still believe in God after we made contact with aliens?

Mike Wall just got back from the SETICon II conference where he attended a panel discussion titled, "Would Discovering ET Destroy Earth's Religions?" The panel was comprised of SETI wonks Doug Vakoch and Seth Shostak, along with award-winning Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer. » 6/26/12 4:40pm 6/26/12 4:40pm

Korean scientists push to keep evolution in schools

A small cohort of Korean scientists is fighting to reintroduce some sanity to the country, after creationist group Society for Textbook Revise successfully campaigned to see examples of evolution removed from high school bio textbooks. » 6/22/12 6:50am 6/22/12 6:50am

South Korea will remove evolution from its high school textbooks

It appears that the United States is not the only country having a hard time accepting evolution. According to a report in Nature, a South Korean creationist campaign has achieved victory in its efforts to see specific examples of evolution removed from high school text books. Their breakthrough is part of a larger… » 6/05/12 2:30pm 6/05/12 2:30pm