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Do You Need The Universe To Have Had A Beginning?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 19, 2016. 31 Replies

Many if not all human societies have origin myths and they differ greatly.Several years ago a San Francisco-born-and-raised woman told me she is a materialist.An hour ago a woman who was raised a Jehovah Witness and has left that faith told me the…Continue

Tags: cosmology, cosmogeny, evidence, need, universe

Florida schoolgirl charged with felonies for science experiment

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Sep 27, 2016. 3 Replies

No science for you woman! Photo: FreeLearningLife - FlickrWednesday, May 1, 2013 -…Continue

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Mandating Scientific Discovery Never Works But politicians can’t seem to grasp that.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Aug 31, 2016. 4 Replies

GOP decides that research should be legislated. Usual nonsense.By Lawrence Krauss|Posted Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7:30 AM…Continue

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Science Bits, News, Videos

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 24, 2016. 1364 Replies

This discussion is to have a recurrent thread for science news, tidbits, quick…Continue

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Tully Monster

Started by Mrs.B. Last reply by Mrs.B Mar 17, 2016. 2 Replies

Solving the mystery of the Tully MonsterPosted: 16 Mar 2016 12:13 PM PDTThe Tully…Continue

Super weeds in the US

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Aug 18, 2014. 1 Reply

New York (AFP) - The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant "superweeds" that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMO's, an accusation rejected by industry giants.According to a recent study, the situation is such that…Continue

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The Denisova genome

Started by Adriana. Last reply by doone Dec 5, 2013. 6 Replies

Remember the 40,000 year-old Denisova finger bone that yielded sufficient DNA to…Continue

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Platypus Godzilla.

Started by Davy. Last reply by Davy Nov 20, 2013. 5 Replies

And you thought the platypus was a nice, cuddly little monotreme. You would not have thought so 5 to 15 million years ago. Palaeontologists have uncovered the fossil of a platypus that looks as though it is on steroids.  The platypus dub the…Continue

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Aussie algae fuel green oil hope

Started by Davy Oct 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Aussie algae fuel green oil hopeDespite the claims of some, commercially viable fuels from algae have not yet been developed. But newly trialled native algae species provide real hope, a Queensland scientist has found.Dr Evan Stephens and the team…Continue

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Mystery moss rediscovered

Started by Davy. Last reply by Davy Oct 20, 2013. 2 Replies

News from James Cook University. Mystery moss rediscoveredA botanical puzzle more than 150 years old could soon be solved, thanks to a discovery by a second-year botany student in Queensland’s far north.James Cook University student Megan Grixti…Continue

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Comment by Chris 14 hours ago

Will Betsy DeVos' (Trumps Secretary of Education) promotion of school vouchers-religious schools further divide the U.S. idea of Seperaton of Church and State?

Trump doesn't seem religious. He seems about corporate power.

The U.S. school system benifits the public at large without much religious bias. Since public schools are democratic institiutions student generally have a blanced - democratic education.

Transfering school schools to the hands of profitters  (Trump University) is a great money maker and is divicive.

Comment by Stephen yesterday

Thank you Tom    your reply to my post was a really interesting read. Well researched  my friend.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday
It's reasonable to conclude that religiosity implies some hostility to any pursuit that places a high value on evidence.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday
Stephen, your post stirred my curiosity about religiosity and education generally. A search revealed
1) that religiously-affilated colleges are concerned enough to research the subject, and
2) the following on religiosity and success in college

The Bad: Sectarian Religion, Biblical Fundamentalism, and Educational Attainment

Studies of students enrolled in college, and especially those which focus on students enrolled in religious or elite institutions, cannot fully convey the effects of religious factors on college success. Most studies of the effects of religion on college success focus on personal religiosity or on religious participation, and these indicators are likely to produce positive effects. In contrast, more sophisticated longitudinal research shows that sectarian religious affiliation and biblical fundamentalism—beliefs in the inerrant truth of religious sacred texts—have a substantial negative effect on educational attainment. (Darnell & Sherkat 1997; Sherkat & Darnell 1999; Glass & Jacobs 2005). Sectarian affiliation and biblical fundamentalism have an especially negative impact on the educational attainment of women (Sherkat & Darnell 1999; Glass & Jacobs 2005). In sectarian and fundamentalist religious communities young women are expected to marry early, have many children, and be primarily responsible for childcare (Roof & McKinney 1987; Sherkat 2007). Even if young sectarian and fundamentalist people choose to attend college, sectarian and fundamentalist Christians are more likely to choose religious colleges, which have fewer options for majors, lower prestige, and are more costly. Finally, the narrowing of social networks and the restriction of information sources advocated in sectarian and fundamentalist religious groups is associated with smaller vocabularies (Sherkat 2006), which can undermine academic success.
Religious activists argue that sectarian and fundamentalist Christianity is at war with secular institutions, and particularly embattled with secular education. This perception has some merit, since higher educational attainment is predictive of defection from fundamentalist Christian beliefs and sectarian religious organizations (Sherkat 1998; Sherkat & Wilson 1995). Beginning in high school, sectarian Protestants and biblical fundamentalists have been shown to be less likely to take college preparatory coursework. Predictably, students who avoid taking courses like biology, chemistry, calculus, and literature in high school are less likely to successfully complete college (Darnell and Sherkat 1997).
Comment by Stephen yesterday

Religious students perform worse in math & science – study

Students who opt to enhance their spiritual life may be hindering their academic knowledge, according to a new study which found a negative link between religion and performance in science and mathematics.

The study, jointly conducted by researchers at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Missouri, ranked 82 countries by their ‘religiosity score’ on a scale of zero to 10.

Levels of religiosity were determined using questionnaires carried out in the World Values Survey and the European Social Survey among the adult population.

The most religious countries were found to be Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Indonesia and Qatar. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic, Japan, Estonia, Sweden and Norway are the most secular.

The research also assessed levels of school performance in mathematics and science, based on scores from children between 14 and 15 years of age.

"Analysis of the data sets allowed conclusions to be drawn about international levels of religiosity, schooling and educational performance, and levels of human development (measures in regard to health, education, and income)," Leeds Beckett University wrote in a press release. 

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Comment by Mrs.B on February 20, 2017 at 7:03pm

I hope these protest continue. They need to be loud & long!

Comment by Stephen on February 20, 2017 at 4:55pm

The Rally to Stand Up for Science in Boston’s Copley Square. (Chris Mooney/The Washington Post)

The Rally to Stand Up for Science in Boston’s Copley Square. (Chris Mooney/The Washington Post)

‘We did not start this fight’: In Trump era’s dawn, scientists rally in Boston

BOSTON — Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy.

“We did not politicize science,” said Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard science historian who spoke at the rally, which unfolded on a surprisingly warm February day that left the square filled with mud puddles from the melt of a recent blizzard. “We did not start this fight.”

“Our colleagues who have been attacked have not been attacked because they did something wrong,” Oreskes continued. “They have been attacked because they did something right” — namely, producing information that proved politically inconvenient.

The event, called the Rally to Stand Up for Science, was organized by the Natural History Museum, and a number of other groups, including the Union of Concerned Scientists. It was timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), also occurring in downtown Boston.

This timing — along with the science-intensive community in an area that features Harvard, MIT and numerous other universities — probably helped to ensure a good part of the turnout.

“I feel that we’re in this public relations battle right now, and we need to recast our work as scientists, not as dispassionate data junkies, but as people that care about the world around us,” said Beka Economopoulos, one of the march organizers, who is with the Natural History Museum.

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Comment by Stephen on February 19, 2017 at 2:32pm

Chris that's why I love watching all the BBC channels NO ADDS

Comment by Mrs.B on February 19, 2017 at 2:09pm

We ARE bombarded.....the majority of our tv is from the US!

Comment by Chris on February 19, 2017 at 1:02pm

Homeopathy treatments are often used for allergies. That if any may be the only rational. Is there any basis behind usiung a diluted allergent to cure allergies?

Allergiest (Allergy doctors) I've seen says it doesn't work (for adults) and only results in histimine in the patient.

Studies with nut allergies in babies may show benifit from introducing them to small quantities as the gut enzimes mature.  Breast feeding babies probably gives them the enzimes needed to digest food adults eat.

Hopefully Influenza and other inocculations  aren't consicered homeopathic.


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