Human Species ‘May Split in Two’

(The creationists are going to love this!) From the BBC (tho’ note that the research was carried out for the dodgy satellite channel Bravo – make of that what you will): Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said. Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of… Continue reading Human Species ‘May Split in Two’

Dawkins Speaking Tonight

This doesn’t seem to have been advertised particularly well, but Richard Dawkins is speaking at the Institute of Education this evening. I’ve just got tickets – which is pretty amazing given how impossible it was to get tickets the last time I tried. The talk at the LSE celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Selfish… Continue reading Dawkins Speaking Tonight

Guardian Heresy

The Guardian potentially launches itself into controversy today by including a free wallchart which claims to illustrate the history of life on Earth. This blasphemous poster includes the ridiculous claim that there was life on Earth over 500 million years ago. This is clearly nonsense as any sane (and righteous) person knows that the Earth… Continue reading Guardian Heresy

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion is published today and over the weekend the publicity machine started up. On Friday Dawkins was interviewed on Newnight. The interview will still be available from that site until tonight’s edition replaces it later today. The Newsnight site also has some extracts from the book and a discussion… Continue reading The God Delusion

Root Of All Evil Complaints Dismissed

Richard Dawkins’ programme The Root of All Evil? generated 23 complaints to Ofcom. The latest Ofcom bulletin is published today and it deals with these complaints (the relevant section starts on page 10). In summary, the complainants considered that the programme: showed a negative portrayal of religious beliefs and called religious faith “a virus”, and… Continue reading Root Of All Evil Complaints Dismissed

Creationism in Schools

I’ve just spotted this article from Tuesday’s Education Guardian which talks about the teaching of creationism in schools and concentrates on the visit to the UK of mad Australian creationist John Mackay. Of course, Richard Dawkins can always be relied on for a good quote: “The spread of Peter Vardy’s creationist beliefs into the academies… Continue reading Creationism in Schools

Steve Jones at the Royal Academy

I found a couple of reports of this week’s evolution lecture. Firstly a write-up from a blogger who was lucky enough to get in and secondly a review at The Register. The Register also gives a link to a statement issued by the Royal Society about evolution, creationism and intelligent design. Science has proved enormously… Continue reading Steve Jones at the Royal Academy

Why Creationism is Wrong and Evolution is Right

I failed to get in to Steve Jones’s lecture at the Royal Society last night. Unfortunately, I didn’t fail to get in until I had been standing in the rain for over half an hour. Apparently there was room for 500 people in the hall and I estimate that at least 200 were turned away.… Continue reading Why Creationism is Wrong and Evolution is Right

Creationism in Schools

According to the Guardian Pupils in England will be required to discuss creationist theories as part of a new GCSE biology course being introduced in September. If you must discuss creationism in schools then it belongs in religious education classes along with all the other superstitious nonsense. It certainly doesn’t belong in a science class.… Continue reading Creationism in Schools

Secular Synchronicity

Since watching Richard Dawkins’ The Root of All Evil? I’ve noticed myself becoming less tolerant of religious beliefs. I really think that it’s time for rational thinkers to stand up and be counted. I’ve been discussing this with a few friends, but within my circle of friends that’s largely… er.. preaching to the converted. On… Continue reading Secular Synchronicity