What Was I Thinking?

The LTEE has run for over 10,000 days and almost 67,000 generations. It’s time to shut it down, as of today. It’s been a hell of a lot of work, and we have almost nothing to show for it. As some astute commentators have noted around the web, the creatures in the flasks are still …

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Letter from Rome

In case you missed it, the major food ethics newsflash for last week came out of Rome. Pope Francis issued an encyclical entitled Laudato Si’. At first I thought it was from a crowd chant heard when the Allman Brothers Band played stadium gigs in Italy: Alberino fustigazione, laudato, si! [Tr: Whipping post, louder, yes!], …

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American teens are losing their religion

Fig 2. Percentage of American adolescents endorsing “none” for religious affiliation, 1966–2014. From Twenge et al. (2015) Generational and Time Period Differences in American Adolescents’ Religious Orientation, 1966–2014, PLoS ONE. Press release \o/ – See more at: http://pleiotropy.fieldofscience.com/2015/05/american-teens-are-losing-their-religion.html#sthash.0354hveO.dpuf Tweet

Infectiously Fun Science

Science is sometimes frustrating. The work is often repetitive and even tedious. It can be hard to explain to our friends and families—and sometimes even to peers—what we’re doing and why we think it’s important and interesting. The current state of the academic job market is terrible. But science is also often fun. There’s the joy …

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Eppur Si Muove

Over the break, I watched a couple of episodes of The West Wing including one about political attacks on science called Eppur Si Muove. It reminded me – a lot – of an experience that I had 20 years ago, back in 1995. As in that episode, I received a phone call while at work that began …

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Creationist Origin Summit at Michigan State University

ORiGiN SuMMiT Michigan State University November 1st, 2014 Business College Complex, Room N130 FREE ADMISSION website  Meet the Speakers Dr. Gerald Bergman Northwest State Community College Dr. Donald DeYoung Grace College and Theological Seminary Dr. Charles Jackson Points of Origin Ministries Dr. John Sanford Cornell University Workshops Hitler’s Worldview There’s no doubt Adolph Hitler believed in …

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The myth of the smarter Atheist

Ever since I published my previous article on the average IQ of students by college major, I’ve received several requests to analyze the correlation between IQ and religiosity. Below, I’ve written up an analysis of the existing published literature on the topic. I hope this serves as a springboard for future conversation on the topic …

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Evangelicals and Gay Marriage

PEW study of Christian Attitudes toward Gay Marriage There is an article in Politico today about changing views on gay marriage among Evangelicals. Evangelicals are often seen as monolithic by those who do not share their religious views (such as myself) but, like nearly all groups, this view is inaccurate. Evangelicals vary in their attitudes …

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Sparks of Eternity at FDG

We recently showed the prototype of Sparks of Eternity at the Foundation of Digital Games conference. Sparks of Eternity: Episode 1 – Breakthrough is a custom, collaboratively designed game between the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University and the Frankel Jewish Academy. The goal of the collaboration is to create …

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