GMO Labels Should Not Be Mandatory

After years of opposing mandatory labeling of food products that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), the Campbell Soup Company recently announced its decision to switch sides in the debate. The American canned soup producer now says that not only will they voluntarily label all of their products that contain GMOs, but they will also “advocate for federal legislation that would require […]

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Ghostbusting the Quantum: The New Age Misuse of Science

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The so-called “New Age” is an umbrella term having reference to a body of belief which asserts that a separate holistic reality, fundamentally pervaded by a single cosmic consciousness, lies beyond the material world revealed by science. Ironically, believers in this variety of otherworldliness have claimed a connection between their spirituality and the science of quantum mechanics. As I will […]

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Countering Theist Apologetics: The Argument from Morality

Most human beings are capable of intuitively apprehending which actions and behaviors promote the well-being of others and which do not. In other words, human beings are, by and large, moral creatures. We are not fundamentally different from any other animal species in this regard. In his 1871 book The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin did not spare morality from […]

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Are Creationists Worth Debating?

Young-earth creationist and convicted tax fraudster Kent Hovind is a living testament to the fact that even paragons of ignorance can be well-spoken and capable of having a great deal of influence on people. While many well-educated and critically-thinking people may wonder just how such influence can be gained by someone who, like Hovind, has no authentic credentials whatsoever, it […]

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Countering Theist Apologetics: The Argument from Design

For centuries, many theists have attempted to deduce the existence of a supernatural creator and sustainer of the universe from the visible features of the natural world. One common way they do this is by selectively pointing to instances in nature of beauty and complexity as revealed by the exploration and study of natural objects, which include examples of carefully-balanced regularity and order. The “argument from design” states that such beauty, complexity and order could not possibly have come about by material processes alone. Something more is needed, namely a supernatural Designer or Creator.

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

In 1993, a story was told of a catastrophic incident on Isla Nublar which claimed the lives of four people, all eaten by cloned dinosaurs that escaped from controlled captivity due to a failure of the island’s security system. The island was home to Jurassic Park, the ill-fated brainchild of John Hammond who, along with his genetic engineering firm InGen, discovered a technique by which dinosaurs could be cloned from ancient DNA strands preserved in amber. The disaster occurred during the visit of a group of scientists who were hired by Hammond to evaluate the viability and safety of the island attraction. Just before a group of the survivors boards a rescue helicopter to leave the island, one of the scientists tells Hammond that he has decided not to endorse the park, and Hammond agrees.

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Countering Theist Apologetics: The Kalam Cosmological Argument

The Kalam Cosmological Argument is a philosophical and (ostensibly) scientific defense of theism that many theistic apologists have found to be relevant and useful in recent years. It is especially favored by Christian apologist and philosopher William Lane Craig, who has been primarily responsible for its modern popularization. The argument has its origins in the medieval tradition of Islamic apologetic […]

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Countering Theist Apologetics: The First Cause Argument

The most well-known arguments for the existence of a god are generally the same arguments that have been advanced for centuries. These arguments continue to be favored by theists today, in spite of the fact that they have been refuted many times over. The strategy employed by modern-day theists is to restate obsolete items in their apologetic toolbox in scientific-sounding […]

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Countering Theist Apologetics: The Argument from “Fine-Tuning” of the Universe

A persistent argument commonly used by theists to support their claim that a personal god exists invokes the supposed “fine-tuning” of the physical constants in the universe. Natural physical forces alone, so the argument goes, could not possibly have produced an orderly universe that sustains life. The values of several physical constants are such that, if they were even slightly […]

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Movie Review: “The Imitation Game”

  The British mathematician Andrew Hodges is the author of the 1983 book Alan Turing: The Enigma, the acclaimed biography of the titular pioneer in computational mathematics and artificial intelligence. The biography is both the inspiration for director Morten Tyldum’s 2014 movie The Imitation Game and the primary source material from which screenwriter Graham Moore derived his Academy Award-winning script. […]

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