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A group for Secularists, Agnostics, Atheists, etc... who believe we should keep the poison of creationism and Intelligent Design OUT of public school science classrooms.

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ID conspiracy proof... written by the proponents of ID themselves!!!

The Formerly-Secret "Wedge Document" written by the Intelligent Designers themselves. Proof that ID is creationism in disguise.
The Wedge Document.pdf
Also find this document at

This document was key evidence in the Dover, PA trial featured in "Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial."

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Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

Started by Neal. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 1. 6 Replies

Being human makes for foolishness.Cameron M. SmithVolume 37.6, November/December 2013Our difficulty accepting evolution isn’t just because some religions oppose it or that it is complicated—it isn’t.…Continue

Tags: to, understand, atheist, universe, hard

Homo erectus may have doodled on shellfish

Started by Davy. Last reply by A place called Doone Dec 6, 2014. 1 Reply

Early humans from Java used shells for tools and engraving long before Homo sapiens did, new research suggests.The findings, published today in the journal …Continue

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Evolution Notes and News

Started by A place called Doone. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jan 8, 2014. 74 Replies

Date of earliest animal life reset by 30 million years…Continue

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Promoting Evolution Through Cartoons.....

Started by Neo Jul 8, 2013. 0 Replies

I have been watching Cartoon Network lately. Mainly because adult TV has gotten really boring, but I also still love cartoons. One day I was watching this one show called "The World of Gumball" and…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on May 25, 2017 at 4:09pm

Creationism and evolution tackled head-on in science lessons | Guardian Investigations

Are some science teachers failing their pupils by not confronting creationist arguments when they come up during lessons on evolution? In this film presented by science journalist Dr Adam Rutherford made to mark the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species in 2009 Prof Michael Reiss from the Institute of Education, University of London, said many science teachers felt uncomfortable talking about religion, but that refusing to engage with pupils who had creationist views would be counterproductive (a viewpoint that would later get him into trouble). Dr Jeremy Pritchard at the University of Birmingham, and London's Natural History Museum, explain how they are trying to redress the balance

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 8:06pm

"...if religion is considered an instinct, and intelligence the ability to rise above one's instincts,....

Ergo, it's so because we say it's so.

Comment by Stephen on May 19, 2017 at 7:59pm

Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, say researchers

New paper sets out to explain negative correlation between faith and intellect found in dozens of past studies

A woman holds a rosary during a rally AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Religious people are less intelligent on average than atheists because faith is an instinct and clever people are better at rising above their instincts, researchers have claimed. 

The theory — called the 'Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model' — was proposed by a pair of authors who set out to explain why numerous studies over past decades have found religious people to have lower average intelligence than people who do not believe in a god.

A 2013 analysis by University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 historic studies.

negative correlation between intelligence and religion makes sense if religion is considered an instinct, and intelligence the ability to rise above one's instincts, say researchers Edward Dutton and Dimitri van der Linden in their new paper published today.

Writing for Springer’s journal of Evolutionary Psychological Science, the authors – who are based at the Ulster Institute for Social Research and Rotterdam University respectively – explained their model is based on the ideas of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa.

more= read:

Comment by Mrs.B on May 12, 2017 at 5:35pm

Can you imagine the painstaking work that goes into finding, cleaning, identifying, & putting everything together?

Comment by Stephen on May 12, 2017 at 4:59pm

© Robert Clark/ National Geographic A close-up of the nodosaur fossil. The dinosaur’s head is clearly visible.

© Robert Clark/ National Geographic A close-up of the nodosaur fossil. The dinosaur’s head is clearly visible.

‘Rare as winning the lottery’: New dinosaur fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue

Before being assembled into something recognizable at a museum, most dinosaur fossils look to the casual observer like nothing more than common rocks. No one, however, would confuse the over 110 million-year-old nodosaur fossil for a stone.

The fossil, being unveiled today in Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, is so well preserved it looks like a statue.

Even more surprising might be its accidental discovery, as unveiled in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

On March 21, 2011, Shawn Funk was digging in Alberta’s Millennium Mine with a mechanical backhoe, when he hit “something much harder than the surrounding rock.” A closer look revealed something that looked like no rock Funk had ever seen, just “row after row of sandy brown disks, each ringed in gunmetal gray stone.”

Related video: Paleontologists name dinosaur after demon dog in 'Ghostbusters' (Provided by Newsy)

What he had found was a 2,500-pound dinosaur fossil, which was soon shipped to the museum in Alberta, where technicians scraped extraneous rock from the fossilized bone and experts examined the specimen.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes — it was a dinosaur,” Donald Henderson, the curator of dinosaurs at the museum, told Alberta Oil. “When we first saw the pictures we were convinced we were going to see another plesiosaur (a more commonly discovered marine reptile).”

More specifically, it was the snout-to-hips portion of a nodosaur, a “member of the heavily-armored ankylosaur subgroup,” that roamed during the Cretaceous Period, according to Smithsonian. This group of heavy herbivores, which walked on four legs, likely resembled a cross between a lizard and a lion — but covered in scales.

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Comment by Chris on May 4, 2017 at 3:14am

Horses are like big dogs.

Comment by Mrs.B on May 3, 2017 at 7:48pm

What a terrific reproduction!

Comment by Stephen on May 3, 2017 at 5:33pm

Julius T. Csotonyi 2017 / Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. 2017.

Julius T. Csotonyi 2017 / Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. 2017.

A Newly Discovered Dinosaur Has Tail Feathers Like Modern Birds

Meet Jianianhualong tengi, a new species of troodontid dinosaur and a close relative of modern birds that has been discovered in China. This species is not only interesting for being new and adding to the rich diversity of feathered dinosaur fossils from the region, but also for having asymmetrical feathers—a feature commonly associated with flight.

The description of Jianianhualong is published in the journal Nature Communications, co-lead by an international team of paleontologists, Xing Xu, Phil Currie, and Michael Pittman, all dinosaur experts who have long been examining the spectacular fossils that emerge from some of the most famous localities in China. This fossil was discovered in the Jehol Group from the Lower Cretaceous, a collection of fossil sites known for being lousy with dinosaurs. Talking just about the group this theropod dinosaur is a member of, the troodontids, it joins four other remarkably complete specimens that have been discovered and described. What makes this 125 million-year-old troodontid unique is not just that it has feathers, but what kind of feathers they are.

Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. 2017.
Comment by Stephen on May 1, 2017 at 5:58pm

Video: Sacrifice of ancient horses gives clues to their domestication

Horses were first domesticated for riding and milking (yes, milking) 5500 years ago in northern Kazakhstan, but they’ve changed a lot since then. In a study published today in Science, researchers looked at genomes from 14 horses from between 4100 and 2300 years ago—the midpoint between when the animals were first domesticated and now—to better understand the arc of their domestication. The genomes came from 14 Bronze and Iron Age horses preserved as part of rituals in which sometimes dozens of horses were killed and elaborately arranged and buried by the Sintashta of Russia and Scythians of Kazakhstan. The samples revealed what these ancient societies were breeding for in their horses—sturdy legs and many different coat colors, for example. The genomes also showed a much greater genetic diversity in the ancient horse populations, suggesting that the limited diversity in the horse population of today came about during the last 2000 years and was not a result of domestication per se. More broadly, the research offers support for the “neural crest theory of domestication”—the idea that the pressure of domestication on genes acts at an early developmental stage on certain cells that later diversify and spread throughout the animal—allowing a suite of diverse traits like floppy ears and docile manner to be selected for all at once. Scientists suspect the same thing happened to dogs, cats, and a host of other domesticated animals. 

Comment by Mrs.B on April 30, 2017 at 3:54am

Yeah, they just cannot allow anything else into their mind set.


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