Billionaire Bill Gates has shared his summer book reading list, among which is included The Magic of Reality by atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Gates called Dawkins "one of the great scientific writers" of all time, despite what he said is his "overzealous" and "antagonistic" view of religion.
When recommending The Magic of Reality, Gates wrote: "It's an engaging, well-illustrated science textbook offering compelling answers to big questions, like 'how did the universe form?' and 'what causes earthquakes?' It's also a plea for readers of all ages to approach mysteries with rigor and curiosity." more >>
A study that purported to show gay marriage opponents can easily be convinced to change their minds if they talk to gays was retracted after finding it used fake data.
The study, "When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality," was published in the December 2014, issue of the journal Science. It was widely reported in the media and cited as evidence that support for gay marriage is inevitable.
Donald P. Green, professor of political science at Columbia University, retracted the study after learning that his co-author, Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, had used fake data. more >>
The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye has defended his 2014 debate with The Creation Museum's Ken Ham, by stating that it allowed him the platform to tell millions of viewers why the idea that creationism is a possible theory for life on Earth is a "disastrous" thing to teach the young generation.
"In lots of states, kids are taught that evolution is just one possible theory that explains how life came about, and that creationism is another," Nye told VOX in an interview published on Tuesday.
"We need these kids to be part of the future. We need them to innovate and change the world. But if you raise a generation of students who don't believe in the most fundamental idea in biology, it's a formula for disaster. This is against our national interest, and if you raise a generation like this, they're victims," he added. more >>
Must Christians who believe the scientific evidence for an old Earth also believe in a liberal reading of Scripture? This was one of the questions The Christian Post asked of Hugh Ross, whose book, A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy, is now in a second, expanded edition.
A Matter of Days is both a critique of the "young Earth" view, that God created the Earth and universe in six 24-hour days, and an apologia of the view that there is no conflict between science and the Bible over the age of the Earth and universe. In other words, Christians can trust both the Bible and observations about the universe using scientific methods, and non-Christians can rest assured that the Christian faith is not inherently anti-science.
"The desire for reconciliation motivated this book," Ross wrote in chapter one. more >>
Many of us have looked up at the sky at any given moment and found ourselves staring at the stars, mesmerized by the beauty that the universe has to offer. It is breathtaking!
This man travels to El Teide, which is one of the highest mountain tops of Spain to record something that is so beautiful that it can be described by words in the Bible. Hard to visualize just imagining it, but seeing it is like nothing you have ever imagined before. Get ready to take a journey through some of the most spectacular views from night to day, stars, and the sky turning all different colors.
It's similar to King David when he wrote Psalms 19:1, "The Heavens are declaring the glory of God; And of the work of his hands the expanse is telling." more >>
A distinguished psychologist has argued in a recently published book that pornography and video games are leading young men into alarmingly high rates of "social isolation" and a "modern meltdown of manhood."
Dr. Philip Zimbardo, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of over 50 books, has stated that the two sources of online entertainment are harming young men mentally.
Zimbardo recently told the BBC that pornography and online video games like "World of Warcraft" have "digitally rewired" young men's minds. more >>