The message of Cosmos to people of faith is that divinity is a human exercise; that what makes us special isn't a book; that despite our ultimate insignificance, we can still understand the nature of the universe and our place in it; and that it is not a betrayal of faith to ask questions.
Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...
It is clear to me that the most important issue we face here on the Big Island right now is that of energy costs. There is a huge risk associated with the rising price of oil, it's going to affect us all, and we don't have the luxury of time to deal with it. We need to figure it out now.
Recently I engaged in a dialogue with a family friend who is a creationist of the "your faith in science is no different from my faith in God" variety, and part of our disagreement came around to the question of whether the world is getting better or worse for people.
Words fail at such a moment, as when sitting alone in a cathedral, awed by its commanding silence. It reminds us that we are small and the universe is great. The vault of heaven, and its exploration, provokes not emptiness but wonder.
What remarkable pieces of life we human beings are. We are blood and bone -- an earthy physiology of cells conglomerated into sinew and tissue, powere...
There are some things that are unworthy of equal time. Ken Ham's ideas are fine in the context of a Sunday morning homily, but they don't belong in science class. Nye, for all of his good intentions, invited creationism into his classroom.
I am dismayed by the request by Answers in Genesis for equal time in Cosmos for creationist viewpoints. Answers in Genesis is dedicated to a literal young-Earth creationism that declares that the Earth was created in six 24-hour days around 6,000 years ago.
Animals are intrinsically and endlessly fascinating to children. How can anyone make sense of the diversity and variety of animals on Earth? This is exactly what The Animal Book sets out to do.
If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?
Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.
Remember Finding Nemo? Well, if the movie were true to biology, then after Coral (Nemo's mom) was eaten by the barracuda, Marlin (Nemo's dad) would have changed sex into a female, and then she may have even had incestuous relations with Nemo. Not exactly Disney material.
When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.
Episode two of Cosmos, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson aired this week and Tyson, towards the end of the program made one of the best statements that one can hope sank into the minds of young and old viewers alike, and most importantly, creationists.
Since courts almost everywhere put the brakes on creationists’ attempts to get their Biblical beliefs introduced into science classes as an &ldq...