Questionable Motives

March 9, 2013

Why were we wrong then and why are we wrong now?

How refreshing to hear working scientists freely admit that practices based on poor understanding can result in being wrong when the evidence from reality shows us this to be the case! (If only theists were as honest about the practices undertaken on behalf of their faith!)

April 12, 2011

What is Big History and why is it important?

In spite of never-ending creationist pushes into public education (the latest in Tennessee) to replace what is true and knowable with what is believed to be true and unknowable, Big History allows us to better understand how the universe operates and our place in it. Enjoy this TED talk from David Christian who wants everyone to know this story (it picks up speed at about the 4 minute mark).

June 15, 2010

Why are we willing to deceive ourselves?

Filed under: belief,Neuroscience,TED — tildeb @ 10:51 am

Michael Shermer talks about belief and how the brain prepares us for patterns and agency. The final few minutes has a very funny video.

TED video here

May 27, 2010

How do you make suicide bombers?

Filed under: Islam,Religion,suicide bombers/mass murderers,Taliban,TED — tildeb @ 5:38 pm

Send ’em to a religious school!

TED video here by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

April 13, 2010

Why is denying science the same as denying freedom?

Filed under: Argument,belief,fear,Freedom,Science,Skepticim,TED,Truth — tildeb @ 8:53 am

Michael Specter explains why: because denying science is denying truth, and we need the truth to set us free.

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