Neanderthal genes are being removed from the modern human genome by weak but widespread natural selection

Neanderthal genes are being removed from the modern human genome by weak but widespread natural selection https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/fate-neanderthal-genes via DuckDuckGo for Android

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

A great article from brainpickings.org, on ways to detect bullshit and fortify your ability to think critically. An inoculation against baloney. A must-read in my opinion. Taken from Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-haunted World“.

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

Source: The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

The linked article by John Rennie in Scientific American was originally published in 2002 but it hasn’t lost any of its actuality nor has it been refuted by creationists. Creationist arguments also haven’t changed significantly since then, demonstrating how they are simply unable to formulate an opposing theory to evolution.  I’ve also written some answers to creationists nonsense earlier on this blog and have also explored if creationism is plausible.

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Building blocks of life’s first self-replicator recreated in lab | New Scientist

New Scientist has an article announcing that a team of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich has found a plausible way to generate the two purine nucleosides, adenosine and guanosine – A and G in the genetic code. This is a big step to explaining how RNA may have formed spontaneously on the primordial Earth.

RNA molecules are thought to be some of the earliest self-replicators that led to life. Now their building blocks have been made to self-assemble in a lab

Source: Building blocks of life’s first self-replicator recreated in lab | New Scientist

Why creationists are out of time with history and science

An interesting piece in The Guardian by Dr. David Hone, about why creationists are out of time with history and science. It explores one example of the dishonesty that creationists are forced to employ in order to make creation “fit” with their view of reality: a world created by God.

Creationists fail to appreciate the history of science as well as science itself

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Book review: “A Universe from Nothing”

A Universe from Nothing” by Lawrence M. Krauss had been on my list of books to read for some time but for some reason I didn’t get around to reading it until recently, which is something I now dearly regret. It is not often that reading a book will change the way you view the universe. This one does.

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What believing in God does to your brain | Science | News | The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/what-believing-in-god-does-to-your-brain-a6950956.html

Well, this research certainly explains something about why debates with theists are usually pointless. If they don’t engage their analytical potential…