Socrates said that wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing. If that's true, a few of our brightest scientists need some enlightenment.
The popular "Existential Comics" Twitter page appeals to a segment of the population most of us avoid at dinner parties. It's humor at its most esoteric. But Existential Comics recently posted a real zinger that cuts scientific hubris down to size.
A scientists asks why philosophy matters. The philosopher counters and asks "Why does science matter?" The scientist thinks for a moment before replying that science matters because … And here, the philosopher interrupts him and says. "You're doing philosophy." more >>
The student government at the University of California Berkeley unanimously passed a proposal to install an abortion clinic on campus, arguing it is a common healthcare service "necessary and relevant in student-life."
"When medication abortion is not available at UHS (University Health Services), students who are seeking an abortion face financial, time, and travel constraint burdens that create negative impacts on academic performance and mental health," states Senate Resolution 69, passed by the student government Wednesday, according to Campus Reform. "UHS is a health center dedicated to meeting the health needs of students in order for students to be able to upkeep their academic well-being. Abortion is a common healthcare service and access to abortion is necessary and relevant in student life."
The bill charges that abortion services were available on campus in the 1980s but were scuttled due to a lack of trained abortion providers. Berkley's student government argues that since the university's health office is equipped with trained abortion providers, there should be an abortion clinic on campus once again. more >>
NEW YORK — The world woke up again to another deadly attack from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant last Tuesday and mourned.
In three coordinated nail bombings in Belgium claimed by the Islamic militant group, two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, 35 people were killed and at least 270 more were injured.
The attacks quickly sparked a fresh round of debates on Islam and how to treat its adherents. more >>
Colorado's Delta County School District says administration policies don't allow it to prevent atheist groups from carrying on with their plan to place secular and satanic literature in school libraries Friday.
The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Freedom From Religion Foundation will place their literature on a table in middle school and high school libraries, in response to the recent distribution of Gideon Bibles at the schools, according to local station WHSV3.
The Satanic Temple is involved in the planned literature placement program. more >>
A tutor in northern India allegedly killed his 11-year-old student for refusing to join the Islamic State terror group, according to the victim's family.
The victim, identified as Ravi Pal, a class 3 student from Kaserua Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh state's Allahabad district, was choked to death by his tutor, identified only as Irfan, according to Asia News International.
The student's father said Irfan was pressuring his son to join IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and killed him after the victim refused to do so. more >>
A Wisconsin-based Catholic university is expected to fire a professor it suspended for criticizing a teaching assistant who barred a student from speaking in class because he opposed gay marriage.
Marquette University suspended professor John McAdams with pay last Friday and plans to terminate his employment if he refuses to apologize for a blog post he wrote back in 2014 in which he criticized the faculty member for barring a student who supports traditional marriage fro speaking in her class.
In November 2014, McAdams wrote a post on his blog the "Marquette Warrior" criticizing teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate because she reportedly prevented a student from discussing his opinion on gay marriage in her "Theory of Ethics" class. more >>