Religion is at its best when it helps people become who they are. It is much less successful when it seeks to impose group values on individuals.
Twelve thousand years ago, our Neolithic ancestors moved from a nomadic lifestyle to a domestic one. They built the first hearths, farms, and houses. The first societies, villages, communities. And, incidentally, the first walls.
This week in "What We're Reading", a special treat--NCSE's very own original, peer-reviewed article in Science magazine. Also, depression, anxiety, dinosaur sex, and the latest on "what did fossil fuel companies know, and when did they know it?" Enjoy!
I want students from every school in the United States to experience the excitement of solving real-world science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) problems within the intensity of robotic sporting competitions, and to be recognized as heroes for their accomplishments.
If religion were the vehicle that delivers morality, then atheists, the disaffiliated, and those who have never heard of God's laws should show comparatively inferior moral behavior. They don't.
Combine heated politics with divisive views on religion and the results become truly incendiary with a frighteningly large percentage of potential voters endorsing bigoted ideas like banning Muslims from entering the United States and closing down mosques. But it doesn't have to be like this.
In this day and age, women have won the right to vote, to burn our bras, and to climb the corporate ladder. Why do we still find it a challenge to be honest in the bedroom? And could this duplicity potentially lead us astray when looking for Mr. Right?
I am confident that each of you has been asking himself, at least once, questions on his genetic roots. Why do I look the way I do? Where did my gene pool originate? If you have, then you will be interested in the story I am about to tell you.
As a researcher in artificial intelligence, I realize how impressive it is to have a computer beat a top Go player, a much tougher technical challenge than winning at chess. Yet it's still not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies. For that, we need new approaches to developing A.I.
Evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish.
The pain the word bashers seek to inflict on Clinton may actually be coming from inside themselves. They may see in her something that has long been suppressed inside themselves.
When Neil de Grasse Tyson says that, evolutionarily, intelligence might be the best way of making oneself go extinct, I remember the tour guide at the library telling my fifth grade class about how many miles of books there are in the library.
Whilst we humans may not all be aware of this, we often forget that the house we live in, the Earth and it's other residents in nature do not miss a beat and are constantly sending us messages.
"We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are between stories." -- Father Thomas Berry Our species -- Homo sapiens -- is ...
From flooding in Florida to digging into the evolution of dogs, this week's reading contains plenty of big issues, so you may not really need the magn...
Is it too much to ask the American political process to participate in something larger than itself -- something the size, perhaps, of human or planetary evolution? Perhaps this question is the starting point of the future.