Brandon Garner

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The Walking Dead’s Political Philosophy

A zombie apocalypse raises some nettlesome questions.<p>I see <i>The Walking Dead</i> quite differently than I do other TV shows. I haven’t missed a single …

Google's Latest Renewable Energy Investment Is Its Biggest Ever

Another tech giant is opening its checkbook for renewable energy projects.<p>Google on Thursday announced what it says is the largest-ever renewable …

Science Guy Bill Nye’s radically simple blueprint for ending climate change

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” instilled an early appreciation for science in young Americans who grew up watching his TV show in the ’90s. And now, he’s using his voice to spark a national conversation about climate change.<p>The head of The Planetary Society and former Boeing engineer released a new …

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are …

Neil deGrasse Tyson lets the science deniers have it: “The beginning of the end of an informed democracy”

In a Salon exclusive, the renowned astrophysicist discusses his show “StarTalk” and the state of science in America<p>If Americans agree about one thing, it’s that their favorite astrophysicist is Neil deGrasse Tyson. A ubiquitous presence on TV, radio and a host of other mediums, Tyson has become one …

Ben Carson Unveils His Beliefs on God, Genesis and the Age of the Earth After Bill O’Reilly Asks: ‘Are You Really a Creationist?’

After responding to a question about whether we’re in the midst of the biblical “end of days,” Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson also clarified his beliefs this week about God and creation, telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he doesn’t know “how old the Earth is.”<p>“I know a lot …

45 free online classes you can take (and finish) by the end of this year

No matter where you're at in your career, learning something new can only help you. Looking for a new job? A unique skill could easily set you apart …

An early look at Elon Musk's Gigafactory, a building that could change the world

For those unfamiliar, Tesla describes its massive 5.5 million square-foot Gigafactory as a way to "accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transportation."<p>The first Gigafactory, located outside Sparks, Nevada, is an ambitious manufacturing facility that plans to build the batteries for …

Richard Dawkins: College Students Are Betraying The Free Speech Movement

Universities are supposed to expose you to ideas you disagree with, he declared.<p>Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, a famously outspoken atheist, said Friday the trend of students pushing to disinvite speakers on college campuses is a "betrayal" of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.<p>Dawkins, …

The ex-Muslim Britons who are persecuted for being atheists

<b>Many people take for granted the right to choose to leave the religion of their childhood. But not everybody has that choice, writes Samira Ahmed.</b><p>It sounds like a crime from a medieval history book. Apostasy is the decision to renounce a faith and/or convert to another religion.<p>It's not recorded in …

America is for a-holes: Inside the secret to Donald Trump’s success

The rich and powerful have always followed a different set of rules. Now Donald Trump is taking it to the extreme<p>Last month, the ice maker in my refrigerator broke, just days after the extended warranty lapsed. I called the repair line and was told I was “out of luck.” I called the store right …

The West Misses the Point (and the Lesson) of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

<i>The following was written by Raymond Ibrahim, originally published by PJ Media.</i><br>Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the …

What Elon Musk is really like as a boss

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Is It Like To Work With Elon Musk?</i> <i>Answer by Dolly Singh, Former Head of Recruiting, Oculus.</i><p>After working for Elon for over five years at SpaceX as the Head of Talent Acquisition, there are many potential answers to this question. Any answer I might …

Space Travel

12 Reasons Masculinity Is Terrible For Men

Why do women outlive men in pretty much every country on earth? Because so many of the behaviors associated with being manly are really bad for you.

8 tricks for remembering everything you read

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn't mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that's novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.<p>To find out what some of those techniques are, we …

Human evolution hasn’t been a process of gradual fine-tuning — as finds like Homo naledi in South Africa make plain

No one yet knows where the newly discovered Homo naledi fits in the complicated story of hominids on Earth<p>The discovery in South Africa of an inaccessible subterranean chamber filled with the broken bones of ancient human relatives — nobody yet knows quite how ancient — is exciting news indeed, and …

Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …

Kickstarter project: Creationists try to prove God exists by asking for money for a Galápagos trip

I’m exhausted from writing about science, so don’t expect much substantive stuff for the rest of the day. But here’s a bit of popular science, or …

Evolution

Hatred is weaponizing Jesus: How violent evangelicals, faith-based con artists & serial abusers are using religion for the purpose of evil

In whatever Christian denomination you choose to look at, you’ll find despicable misdeeds left and right<p>I’ve decided that, at least in the United States, the religiously devout really do have the interests of rationalist nonbelievers at heart, at least as far as providing us with (a sick, unseemly …

America Is Not a Christian Nation

I've been seeing a lot of things recently about how America is turning its back on its Christian roots and how things were so much better and more Christian-like in America in times past compared to now. Now, I love America. This is mostly because I just happened to be born here, but it's my home. …

15 Scientific Facts That Will Warm Your Cold, Dead, Heart

The world’s pretty alright sometimes.

Ron Paul: "Military Personnel Who March Off To War Are More Victims And Dupes Than Heroes"

"'Service' in our military to invade, occupy, and oppress countries in order to extend U.S. Empire must not be glorified as a 'heroic' and sacred effort."<p>Former Rep. Ron Paul writes in his new book that "military personnel who march off to war are more victims and dupes than heroes."<p>Paul — who …

Where are all the aliens?

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:<p>Some people stick with the traditional—feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. …

A Culture of Dogma

<i>[This piece has begun appearing in newspapers in my conservative part of Virginia-- part of my strategy of "See the evil. Call it out. Press the Battle."*]</i><p>In a healthy democracy, differing points of view contend to shape the destiny of the society.<p>What does it mean, however, when a major subculture …

9 horrible things the Christian right does because “God” said it was OK

<b>(Twin Design via Shutterstock)</b><p>Hobby Lobby isn’t alone. Evangelicals routinely manipulate the Bible’s teachings to serve their political agenda<p>Valerie Tarico<p>July 14, 2015 7:00am (UTC)<p>Christians may be a super majority in the U.S. They may control the U.S. Congress and, as we all were reminded …

The bacterial flagellar motor: brilliant evolution or intelligent design?

The complexity of nature's most impressive swimmer leads some to mistakenly believe it was designed, but it is proof of evolution at work, writes …

Why you’ll score more dates if you’re cocky - Futurity

In the dating scene, a little extra confidence might be all it takes to drive away the competition—for both men and women.

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Satellite Burns Up

In the latest images of our universe, stars collide and a satellite goes up in smoke.<p>Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, researchers discover a supermassive black hole throwing a 50-million-year long tantrum and NASA …

Black Holes