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I have a friend — or had a friend, now dead — Abdus Salam, a very devout Muslim, who was trying to bring science into the universities in the Gulf states and he told me that he had a terrible time because, although they were very receptive to technology, they felt that science would be a corrosive to religious belief, and they were worried about it… and damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive of religious belief. And it’s a good thing too.

Steven Weinberg, episode 2 of Jonathan Miller’s The Atheism Tapes (2004)

Steven Weinberg

Forthcoming: Jerry Coyne, Faith vs. Fact : Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible (2015)

h/t WEIT

“Science contradicts religion” — Jerry Coyne; Racjonalista.tv

h/t WEIT

Galileo Galilei : One of the most important figures in the history of science!

See this article for a discussion of this figure’s significance.

“How do we know what is true?” narrated by Stephen Fry

SCIENCE — “There is no better method.”

h/t WEIT

  1. Proof
  2. Theory
  3. Quantum uncertainty and quantum weirdness
  4. Learned vs. inate
  5. Natural
  6. Gene
  7. Statistically significant
  8. Survival of the fittest
  9. Geologic[al] timescales
  10. Organic

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This article should be on every news site, discussed on every TV channel, and shared by everyone on Facebook on a semi-monthly basis from now until the world ends.

This is some of the best, most important, useful information for people to understand.

Maybe a little overstated …

I unambiguously disagree with religious people on matters of fundamental ontology; but I recognize that we’re all just tiny little persons in a very big universe, trying our best to figure things out. And I’m firm in my conviction that we’re making progress.

Sean Carroll, “The Meaning of Life

Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll – The Meaning of Life | Video by Inspiration Journey

The world keeps happening in accordance with its rules; it’s up to us to make sense of it and give it value. 

Dialogue taken from Prof. Carroll’s debate with William Lane Craig

Music: “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” by Moby

(Good, but overused for this kind of video, imho.)

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