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A classic lecture series exploring the Solar System.

“A Universe Not Made For Us” — Carl Sagan on religion, geocentrism

Carl Sagan Tribute Series

h/t Renaldo @ WEIT

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Quantum Physics Woo - Sixty Symbols | This video features Professor Phil Moriarty, a physicist at the University of Nottingham.

h/t WEIT

Bill Moyers asks Isaac Asimov, “Can Science and Religion Be Reconciled?”

“The scientist actually offers no solace to believers”

Today I corrected someone who said accidentally said the monster’s name was Frankenstein and I said, “Frankenstein was the scientist not the monster.”

Then my professor went, “But was Frankenstein not the monster?” and I had to sit down for a minute.

— charlottelabouffs

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I have an urgent plea to scientists and all thinking people. We need to focus our attention on one goal, which will not be reached in the lifetime of the youngest among us but has to be achieved someday if humanity is to survive: That goal is the replacement of foolish faith and its vanities with something more sublime–knowledge and understanding that is securely based on observable reality.

Victor Stenger, “The Rising Antiscience

Victor Stenger

h/t Jesper Both Pedersen @ WEIT

Well, evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world’s data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away when scientists debate rival theories to explain them. Einstein’s theory of gravitation replaced Newton’s, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air, pending the outcome. And humans evolved from apelike ancestors whether they did so by Darwin’s proposed mechanism or by some other, yet to be discovered.

Evolution as Fact and Theory”, Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould

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