Evolutionary Anthropology as Religion

February 5, 2015 in Bible and TheologyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasFossilsHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhilosophy of ScienceSETI

There’s something magical about believing in evolutionary anthropology: a sense of numinous awe at how much they don’t know but believe might be possible.

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Astrobiology Hopes Diminish

December 6, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Recent findings both near and far create challenges for beliefs that life is common in the universe.

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Scientism Invades Politics, Morality, Religion

November 9, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationHealthIntelligent DesignMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSETI

What some consider science is really scientism, a worldview that thinks everything in human experience is reducible to scientific laws.

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Is Scientism Ready for E.T.?

October 12, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSETI

In speculating about the impact of extraterrestrials on world religions, an author neglected the impact on his own.

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NASA Throws Tax Millions to Evidence-Free Astrobiology Projects

October 9, 2014 in AstronomyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSETISolar System

Astrobiology has yet to establish that it has a subject to study, but NASA is giving millions of tax dollars to multiple teams, including SETI researchers.

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SETI Preacher Prophesies

September 2, 2014 in AstronomyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of ScienceSETI

One of the leading lights of SETI describes why he believes aliens will be found.

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Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

August 15, 2014 in AstronomyGeologyIntelligent DesignPhysicsSETISolar System

Life can’t exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.

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New Ways to Find E.T.

August 11, 2014 in AstronomyDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMind and BrainOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

SETI researchers may not have to wait by the stellar radio dial for their imaginary friends to call in. They might eavesdrop on their pollution.

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Silly Science Gets a Pass

June 11, 2014 in Cell BiologyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEarly ManHuman BodyMediaMind and BrainOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSETI

It’s not just that science doesn’t know the following claims. It cannot know them – yet few are the reporters laughing out loud.

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Anti-Creation Rhetoric Lacks Creativity

June 8, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationIntelligent DesignMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSETISolar System

One would think, after so many decades, the secular scientists would come up with some original arguments for combating their favorite nemesis, the creationists.

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To Be Habitable, a Planet Needs Inhabitants

June 6, 2014 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBible and TheologyGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETISolar System

In a chicken-or-egg conundrum, astrobiologists are asking whether inhabitants are needed to make a planet habitable.

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Astrobiology Hopes Dim with Exoplanet Findings

June 3, 2014 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Harsh “space weather” around dim red dwarf stars may make planets uninhabitable. “Godzilla Earths” may not fare much better.

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SETI Advocates Try to Persuade Congress for Funds

May 26, 2014 in AstronomyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETI

In hopes of keeping funding flowing, the SETI Institute promised US congresspersons that scientists will find extraterrestrial life in our lifetime.

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Fantasizing About Alien Contact

February 22, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasMind and BrainPhilosophy of ScienceSETI

The only evidence of alien intelligence is inside the imaginations of evolutionary scientists and their reporters.

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Just Say No! to Evolutionary Speculation

February 19, 2014 in CosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETI

Prove it!” used to be the goal of science. With rampant speculation in the science news media, it’s time to demand accountability.

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Astrobiolo-SETI: Science or Fantasy?

January 20, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETI

Fantastical scenarios with no evidence – sometimes contrary to evidence – continue to get good publicity in science venues.

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Here Comes Cosmos Again

January 15, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionEducationIntelligent DesignMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETISolar System

Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos is coming back in version 2.0 with a new cast of atheists to spread the gospel of scientism.

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Cosmic Lottery: How Many Habitable Planets?

November 23, 2013 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeneticsIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSETISolar System

News media ran with a suggestion that one in five stars has a habitable planet, but they didn’t read the fine print.

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SETI: Looking for Cosmic Outposts

October 16, 2013 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETI

The stellar radio dial has been silent, but maybe we could look for alien interstellar outposts.

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Planet Habitable Zone Cannot Be Too Windy

September 19, 2013 in AstronomyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSETISolar System

The “habitable zone” of a planet usually concerns its distance from the star such that it can support liquid water. But what if the star fries the surface with intense stellar winds?

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