The Aurora Borealis … last night in the UK

The desire to see the Aurora Borealis is understandable because it is quite a stunning sight to see the sky lit up and so some make special trips to places such as Alaska, Iceland or Norway at the right time, then hope for the right weather and conditions … and even then may be disappointed. Well … guess what. Last night, for those of us that live in the UK, there was no need to travel anywhere, instead all you […]


Oh CPAC, you banned American Atheists

American Atheists had been invited to have an information booth at the conservative gathering next month called The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) … then 24 hours later they got a phone call and were told in no uncertain terms “You are banned”. Yikes. It makes sense for American Atheists to be there and to have a booth. “‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists president David Silverman in a statement announcing the booth. “In fact, a fifth of conservatives […]


Debate Notes: Sean Carroll vs William Lane Craig 7

Last weekend, physicist Sean Carroll debated William Lane Craig at the Greer-Heard Forum (a program of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) Alas, no recording … yet. I did not watch this and was under the assumption that I could catch it the next day on YouTube … but no, the YouTube live stream went private. My guess is DVD sales first., then YouTube later. Anyway, there are some insights to be had. For example … PZ live blogged it … not just in […]


Survey Alert: gender segregation, at universities in the United Kingdom

One Law for All (in conjunction with Southall Black Sisters and Fitnah) is conducting a survey as part of a research project investigating the nature and impact of segregation, specifically gender segregation, at universities in the United Kingdom. If you have experienced gender segregation at a university, please take a few moments to respond to the questionnaire online: by 31 March 2014. This research project is conducted in full compliance with the Ethics Guidelines of the Social Research Association. […]

Silly Claim of the week: Creationism is compatible with Science

A Mr Saletan has written an article in Slate within which he makes the rather odd claim that you can be a good scientist and also believe in young-Earth creationism at the same time. This claim is rather at odds with the concept of science, and is perhaps akin to perhaps claiming that you have a really good friend who is a damn fine biologist and who also happens to truly believe that fairies and wood sprites are completely real. If […]


Wounda’s Journey: Jane Goodall releases chimpanzee and gets a hug

This video documents the story of Wounda, one of the more than 160 chimpanzees living at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. Thanks to the expert care provided at Tchimpounga, Wounda overcame significant adversity and illness and was recently relocated to Tchindzoulou Island, one of three islands that are part of the newly expanded sanctuary. Dr. Jane Goodall was on hand to witness Wounda’s emotional release, and now you can too. To help […]