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Skepticism and a Million Dollar Challenge

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When public perception is skewed and distorted, it's important to push back. I've found myself doing this in the arena of skepticism. Without a doubt ...

Controversy Erupts Over Creationism Debate

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Update (02/04/2014 6:40 pm EST): The debate has started. To follow, scroll down for live updates and/or just click here to watch the debate live on Hu...

‪Teaching About God and Science Revisited

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Dr. Hedin's course at Ball State University on the "Boundaries of Science" remains in the news, with the New Atheists waging a war of words with the fellows at the Discovery Institute. I often find myself caught between the extreme views coming from these opposing armies in the science culture wars.

Teaching Students About God And Science

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Physicist Eric Hedin is headlining the Culture Wars right now because of his class at Ball State University on the "Boundaries of Science." Critics charge Hedin with promoting religion, noting that his syllabus is clear that he believes science provides pointers to God and that biological evolution is inadequate.

Roger Ebert and Evolution - What Does the DNA Tell Us?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Roger Ebert was a wonderful film critic and writer. But like many people expressing certainty about the conventional wisdom in a distant field, he was out of his depth.

Inconvenient Truths: Why Are Self-Styled Defenders of Evolution so Resistant to Lessons From Molecular Genetics?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 02.03.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Last week, on his very popular blog,, Jerry Coyne ridiculed Nicholas Wade's NYT article discussing the negative consequences resulting from the anti-religious tone of most orthodox defenses of evolution.

Epigenetics II: Cellular Memory, Imprinting, and Targeting Genome Configuration With RNA

James A. Shapiro | Posted 09.12.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

This is number two in my series on epigenetic control of genome restructuring and hereditary transmission of traits modified by life history events. We are going to take a detour through some classic bacterial genetics history, but it will ultimately bring us back, with new insights, to epigenetic regulation.

Who's Responsible For The Evolution/Creation Controversy? It's Not So Simple

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Are religious people responsible for promoting the continuing battle between evolution and creationism? Of course! But that does not mean that ALL religious people are playing this role.

Interspecific Hybridization and Introgression in Animal Evolution

James A. Shapiro | Posted 07.27.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

While most population biology is highly theoretical and conjectural, the Grants have been following what has actually been going on in the wild. Theirs is an exciting scientific and human story, including raising and educating their daughters in a tent while making field observations.

Natural Genetic Engineering and Natural Selection: Perplexing Delusions of Certain Neo-Darwinist Advocates

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.23.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The curious responses to my position exposed a fundamental difference in understanding of biological functions between molecular geneticists and these particular proponents of population genetics. Because I can only speak for the molecular side, let me elaborate.

Jerry Coyne Fails to Understand Yet Again

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.10.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

In a recent posting on his Why Evolution Is True website, "Jim Shapiro continues his misguided attack on neo-Darwinism," Jerry Coyne attacks me again. Let us examine some of his arguments.

Your Life Depends on Immune Cells Doing the 'Impossible': Purposeful, Targeted DNA Engineering (Part 2)

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.03.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

This posting will discuss how further targeted natural genetic engineering refines antibody specificity and directs antibodies to the right place in your body to deal with each infection.

Should Christianity Be Blamed For Torture?

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Both secular and religious institutions employed torture. The popular impression that it was primarily a religious activity indicates the success of the anti-religion culture warriors telling their sensationalized version of history

The Precarious But Profound Middle Ground In The Struggle Between Religion And Science

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Why is it that people on middle ground always seem to be on the "other" team? Has everyone in the country decided that there is only "us" and "them," so that "not us" equals "them"?

Science And Religion Aren't Friends, But They Could Be

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Jerry Coyne and other "new atheists" share many values with religious leaders. If he would stop picking fights with those most likely to be his allies, he would dramatically improve science literacy.

What I Believe (about Markets and Morals): A Reply to Jerry Coyne & My Critics

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Shermer

In his endearingly titled blog, "Michael, we hardly knew ye," the venerable evolutionary biologist and slayer of creationist dragons Jerry Coyne (auth...

Evolution and Religion: Why Religion Pollsters Should Go to Seminary First

Pete Enns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pete Enns

The options given in the poll about evolution, science, and the Bible are unwittingly set up to send the entire discussion down a tedious and dead-end path. No one should be surprised by the results when questions are asked that way.

Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Modern theology has replaced traditional theology. The mere fact that old-fashioned ideas persist does not mean that they can be legitimately used in an argument that religion is incompatible with science.

Intelligent Design: Did God Create Through Law or Miracle?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

If God created through miracle, why do organisms all carry the marks of a lawbound origin, evolution through natural selection? If He created through law, why did He use such a painful and at times dysfunctional mechanism as natural selection?

Theism v. Atheism: I'm A Realist, Not An "Accommodationist"

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

What is the right way to respond to theists and/or theism? That is the question asked at every atheism/humanism conference I've attended. The answer is simple: there is no one "right way."

On Darwin's Birthday, Examining Why Evolution Is True

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stuart Whatley

According to biologist Jerry Coyne in his new book Why Evolution Is True, it's 40 percent of the population doesn't accept The Origin of Species.