There was once a man who lived in Dadri, an Indian town in Northwest Uttar Pradesh. Most people in Dadri are Hindu, but Mohammad Akhlaq was Muslim. One night, after he had gone to bed, one hundred men stormed his house, dragged him into the street, and stoned him to death.
We live in a time when many of our most-pressing challenges--public health, climate change, genetic engineering, pollution--have a profound scientific dimension. We must not elect a president who chooses to stand outside the scientific community.
Panic may grab people's attention for a little while, but it's not a sustainable basis of support for sensible policy. Portraying the natural world as a seething hotbed of viruses poised to invade humanity, and implying that we are helpless in their path, is not just plain wrong--it's dangerously wrong.
Animal lovers will enjoy this week's Day1 radio program--the 6th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Nancy J. Duff addresses the topic of genetics through a biblical understanding of our relationships with animals, and reveals some serious issues we all must wrestle with.
We have talking, why do we need one person talking to another person and then running to another place and talking to another person?
The so-called "Libertarian" battle cry of "liberty" and "freedom" through "personal responsibility" sounds wonderful on the surface, but we have to ask ourselves as individuals and as a nation, what do they really mean by and what are the costs of this alleged "liberty" and "freedom"?
The history of this cave, like the history of the fossils it contains, shows us another important aspect of scientific discovery: sometimes important findings are seen, but not understood. Science is far from finished; latent discoveries abound, waiting for new eyes.
In his message on this week's Day1 radio program--the 5th in the "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series--the ...
Here are some of the stories that caught NCSE's eye this week. Feel free to share articles that crossed your screen in the comment section, or email us directly during the week with things that caught your eye. We'll add the best to our weekly posts.
Almost every religion looks bad when forced to deal with the criticism of atheists. But almost every religion can be improved by taking these criticisms seriously.
I asked authors Rick Clugston, Herman Greene, and Kurt Johnson to elaborate on their thinking about the prospects for altruism and oneness ascending in global consciousness. Here is their thoughtful communication.
How can we explain this disconnect between life on the screen and on the street? This is not a trivial question. The techniques of science have been instrumental in raising the standard of living of billions, yet disdain for science and scientists, especially when incorporated into political movements, threatens scientific funding, progress and a rational approach to decision making on critical issues.
Companies often talk to their employees about teamwork and building relationships, yet suffer from a lack of collegiality in the workplace. Organizations rely on their people to be explicitly united in a common purpose, toward a common goal and to respect each other's abilities to work toward that purpose.
In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely - if ever - be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation. That's a shame.
Big movies can reach large audiences and if you're trying to get the science word out there, that's clearly all to the good, but much can also be accomplished on a smaller scale.
Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.