Many liberals insist sexual orientation is inborn and unchanging while conservatives often counter that there is no "gay gene." Three separate issues are getting confused in this debate.
Two weeks ago retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, suggested that prison time makes some people gay. Several news organizations investigated the claim, including The Washington Post, Politifact and The Christian Post. Carson apologized.
Some liberals, however, responded to Carson's comments with an equivalent level of ignorance. The controversy itself illustrated why debates over homosexuality create much confusion. more >>
Creationist Ken Ham has spoken out against a video by the Discovery Channel that speculates about how the Earth might be destroyed if it's one day hit by a giant asteroid, and suggestes that unbelievers should be afraid of Jesus Christ's judgment instead.
"Those of us who have trusted in Christ as Savior have no fear of this coming judgment because our penalty for sin has already been paid by Jesus," Ham wrote in his Answers in Genesis blog.
"But instead of fearing some hypothetical asteroid apocalypse, those who refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord should fear this coming judgment, and it should bring them to repent and put their faith in Christ." more >>
Researchers claim that the earliest human remains, specifically a jawbone and a handful of teeth, have been discovered in Ethiopia and date back to 2.8 million year ago, which is almost 400,000 years older than previously thought.
"Prior to 3 million years, humans were relatively ape-like and partially arboreal, partially bipedal," Brian Villmoare, who led the research, told Discovery News. "They lived in the forest, had small brains, and did not eat meat or use tools."
He added that after 2 million years, "humans have large brains, stone tools, and eat meat, so this transitional period is very important in terms of human evolution." more >>
Liberals can be just as anti-science as conservatives, a study finds, when the science challenges their politics.
"The Partisan Brain: How Dissonant Science Messages Lead Conservatives and Liberals to (Dis)Trust Science," was posted online and will be published in the March issue of The Annals of the American Acadamy of Political and Social Science, which contains several articles of the theme of politics and science. The Ohio State authors are Erik Nisbet, associate professor of communication and political science, Kathryn Cooper, a doctoral student in communication, and R. Kelly Garrett, associate professor of communication.
The findings challenge previous research reporting that the brains of conservatives are different than the brains of liberals and "are fundamentally less capable of rationally processing scientific evidence." more >>
Scientists have been unable to explain how large mysterious cloud-like formations appearing above the surface of Mars could have formed, a phenomenon first spotted by astronomers in 2012.
"It raises more questions than answers," said Antonio Garcia Munoz, a planetary scientist from the European Space Agency.
A New Jersey judge hearing a lawsuit made against a sexual orientation change therapy group has decided to bar the testimony of experts who consider homosexuality a mental disorder.
State Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled last week that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) could not bring certain experts in due to their position that homosexuality should still be considered a mental illness.
"The overwhelming weight of scientific authority concludes that homosexuality is not a disorder or abnormal. The universal acceptance of that scientific conclusion – save for outliers such as JONAH – requires that any expert opinions to the contrary must be barred," wrote Bariso. more >>