Richard Dawkins

Chirality, From Chemical Supply Houses to Life as We Know It

I wrote here a few years ago about the Mysterious Sparteine Shortage, and it’s a problem that hasn’t gone away. Sparteine, for those who collect …

Biology

Christmas without Christians: how do we celebrate in a secular age?

Just 15 per cent of people now consider themselves to be members of the Church of England.<p>How long has Christmas got? The question is not quite as …

Religion

Why we still believe in Christmas miracles ... according to philosophy

Christmas is a time to celebrate one of the most remarkable miracles found in the Bible: the virgin birth of Jesus. God sent the angel Gabriel to …

Theology

Ricky Gervais Sirius Show To Air As Podcast On iTunes & Acast

Following its launch in America on Sirius XM in October, Ricky Gervais’ show, “Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius” will be available to download on …

Awards

Review: To What End Is All This?

It’s an age-old question. Does life have a purpose? Or, writ large: Does the universe reveal a grand design? Most scientists today would say “not really,” but, depending on their field of specialty, they might admit that the question—which has to do with teleology, or ultimate ends—is still …

Opinion

5 canon-breaking influences on modern literature

As a discipline, literature is vast, encompassing poetry, prose, and drama from across history, as well as the more modern disciplines of film and …

Edgar Allan Poe

“My Approach is More Novelistic than Journalistic”: Director Frederick Wiseman on His Oscar-Shortlisted Doc, Ex Libris: New York Public Library

<i>Ex Libris: New York Public Library</i><p>Frederick Wiseman, now 87, is showing no signs of slowing down. His most recent documentary <i>Ex Libris: New York</i> …

Filmmaking

#RaptureAnxiety: Evangelical Torture of the Mind

I’m not on Twitter as much as I used to be, but I did spot this trending hashtag: #RaptureAnxiety, started by evangelicals and “exvangelicals” …

Atheism

In Memory of Grandpa

Grandpa Sal as a Young Man in ROTC<p>On the morning of Friday, December 1st, I had dropped my parents off at the airport. They were heading to Atlanta …

Atheism

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

T.S. Eliot

Transcript: MiB interview with Ray Dalio - The Big Picture

<i>This week’s podcast with Ray Dalio has generated a lot of feedback. Enough of you requested the transcript that we rushed it, and you can find it</i> …

Ray Dalio

How memes changed forever in 2017

What is a meme? A lot of explainers will begin by telling you that “meme” was a term coined by noted biologist and Twitter crank Richard Dawkins in …

Weird

A Unified Theory of Meme Death

Why do some memes last longer than others? Are they just funnier? Better? And if so, what makes a meme better?<p>Memes aren’t built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life. Some of our most beloved cultural objects are not only ephemeral but transmitted around the world at high speed before …

Memes

How the Ri Christmas Lectures changed science for kids

Children’s eyes have been opened to the wonders of science by the Royal Institution’s series of Christmas Lectures for nearly 200 years – here’s what …

History of Science

In Netflix's 'Bill Nye' Season 2, the Science Guy Takes on Marijuana

The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is blazing it. The Season 2 trailer for <i>Bill Nye</i> …

Bill Nye

97% of Colombia opposes Richard Dawkins' atheism: poll

Prominent scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins is facing an uphill battle during a visit to Colombia where he will stay until Wednesday. According …

Atheism

The late, great Steve Connor

<b>At 15.00 last Wednesday Steve Connor, a giant of British science journalism who over nearly four decades broke several of the biggest stories in his field and won the respect of an international audience, died after a long illness. He was 62.</b><p>For 18 years he was science editor of The Independent, …

Journalism

Can Celebrity Scientists Change The Way People Think About Science And Religion?

Stephen Jay Gould famously described the relationship between science and religion as one of "non-overlapping magisteria," with science restricted to facts and theories about the empirical universe, and religion to questions of moral meaning and value.<p>This is one way to understand the relationship …

Atheism

The Neoliberal Survival Game

Photo by Nathaniel St. ClairOne of the ways the media has shaped the public’s attitude concerning the distribution of wealth and power in our …

Evolution

What Richard Dawkins Would Say if the World Was Ending

The <i>New York Times</i> asked a number of people what their last message would be if they knew the world was ending. (Given <b>Donald Trump</b>‘s instability and …

Atheism

Liberal Democrats unveil high-profile supporters

The degree to which celebrity endorses for a political party really help is often debated. There is the occasional figure who, through their …

Liberal Democrats

If the World Was Ending, What Would Your Last Message Be?

<i>This is an article from Turning Points, a magazine that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.</i><p>If the world was coming to an end and we were to send one last message out into the cosmos that summed up the beauty of life on Earth, what would it be? Jane Goodall, …

Opinion

Worldliness is next to godliness in the new secular age

A kind of anti-sphinx, a human body with a lion’s head rather than the other way around, greets you at <i>Living with gods</i>, the British Museum’s …

Christopher Hitchens

Here are the real reasons why many evangelicals find Donald Trump simply irresistible

<i>Is it Trump’s god-complex or God’s Trump-complex? Either way Trump and Jehovah have an awful lot in common.</i><p>People have been scratching their heads …

Liberal View

Anthropologists consider challenges of teaching in a red state

WASHINGTON -- Does the study of anthropology inherently run counter to conservative values?In the age of Trump, many in academe are re-evaluating how …

Education

Science Has Found Proof of God’s Existence

While Einstein didn’t believe it was possible, Stephen Hawkins thought this might be the greatest scientific discovery of all time.<p>What kind of …

Space Science

Should kids believe in Santa Claus?

Almost every American child believes in Santa Claus, but eventually, other kids or family members reveal the truth.

Parenting

What mainstream media, cultural elites just don’t get: If there’s no God, then there really is no humanity

The song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” was not written by Peter, Paul, and Mary, but no group sang it better. It became a popular political song in the 1960s, and in time was viewed as a protest against the divisive Vietnam War. Especially relevant were the haunting lyrics near the end:<p>“Where …

Opinion

How Philippa Foot set her mind against prevailing moral philosophy – Nakul Krishna

‘In moral philosophy it is useful, I believe, to think about plants.’ The words were spoken to an audience of American philosophers in 1989. The …

Long-form Journalism

‘This Dangerous Book’: Hobby Lobby Founder, Wife Share Story Behind Bible Museum

GLENN: You know, most families don’t impact people over multiple generations as much as this family has impacted our world in one and two generations.<p>…

Christopher Hitchens