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Science of the Ten Commandments

Thinking about the Ten Commandments reduces cheating, even for atheists.

Scientific Institutions Engage in Leftist Advocacy

For an enterprise supposedly as unpolitical and bias-free as science classically is supposed to be, conservatism is surprisingly rare.

Can Science Explain Mass Murder?

As the carnage of the latest mass murder is being assessed, TV commentators look predictably to psychologists for answers.

Venter: Life Is Robotic Software

What is life? It's software that runs biological robots, says a leading geneticist.

Inflation Again: This Time with Feeling

Inflation is dead. Long live inflation.

Psychologists Go Demonic

Delving into Ouija boards, committing fraud... is there anything secular psychologists won't stoop to?

Epigenetics: the 21st-Century Scientific Revolution

If genetics was the 20th century's major scientific revolution, epigenetics appears to be the big revolution for the 21st.

SETI Gets Good Press

For an enterprise that has failed for 50 years, SETI gets good press. There are many worthy enterprises on the planet; what is it about SETI that gets honorable mention with nary a critical word?

Belief in Hell Lowers Crime

A psychologist has determined that belief in hell reduces the crime rate. A finding like this might belong in the "Well, duh" category, but more interesting is the interpretation.

Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs

"Heidelberg Man" has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves. Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals. But don't modern humans have Neanderthal DNA? Do the distinctions make any sense?

South Korea "Creationism" Means War

Give just one side of a controversy the press, and you will get a one-sided presentation of the issues. That happened this week in the journal Nature.

Myth Busters: Flubs in Evolutionary Anthropology

Evolutionary psychologists and anthropologists have trouble explaining living humans, let alone past ones.

Stalin's Railroad of Death Unearthed

Stalin, who read Darwin in divinity school and turned atheist, became a ruthless dictator whose reign of terror killed multiple millions more than Hitler. One of his evil deeds is being remembered: a railroad project in Siberia that was never completed despite causing the deaths of at least 100,000 people.

How to Make Darwinism Impregnable

The way to make a concept impregnable is to use rhetorical devices to render competition out of bounds, and then nationalize the favored view. An AP story demonstrates how this is done with evolution.

Venus Transit Recalls Adventures of Yore

Today's transit of Venus, in which our sister planet appears to cross the disk of the sun, will be the last till 2117. As observatories and millions of people watch the rare planetary alignment, few may know the stories of astronomers who predicted them and explorers who risked life and limb to observe them.
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