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The Rogues Gallery Sam, an SGU listener, brought this to our attention the other day (thank you, Sam.) A new podcast has hit the iTunes shelves. It is called Scripture on Creation. And of course, it is correctly categorized under the ‘Religion and Spirituality’ category, isn’t it? Nope. It is in iTunes ‘Science and Medicine’ category. Strange. “The Bible is not intended by God to be a science textbook, but everything it does say about the material world is accurate. Browsing around their website for a few minutes, it does not take long to realize these are unapologetic creationists, featuring interviews with “doctors” from ‘Answers in Genesis’ and ‘The Discovery Institute’ , and promoting movies such as “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”, which they “highly recommend” to their audience. I gave up long ago trying to figure out how Apple manages iTunes from both operational and customer relations standpoints.

Biology of Religion 03. March 2012, 11:06 The online-magazine Evolution: This View of Life did get a new (and, if I might say, awesome) look. For example, the recommendation of John Jacob Lyons, who is a regular commentator here, about presenting the number of comments to each post has been fulfilled. More than ever, the brilliant team with active members such as Robert "@RobertMKadar" Kadar and Hadassah "@Haddie" Head is experimenting with new media possibilities such as videos. After seeing this well-done tutorial, I decided to add a web-interview and sent him some questions. 1. My professional life is devoted to expanding evolutionary science beyond the biological sciences to include all aspects of humanity--in my own research, in higher education (EvoS), and in the formulation of public policy (The Evolution Institute). 2. 3. After decades of studying group selection and human evolution, it only made sense to study religion from an evolutionary perspective. 4. I couldn't agree more.

The Skeptic's Dictionary Quackwatch Science-Based Medicine Home A Theory of Mind Main Page Bad Science NeuroLogica Blog Jan 13 2017 Cognitive Biases in Health Care Decision Making This was an unexpected pleasant find in an unusual place. The publication is aimed at older health care consumers, but the information it contains is applicable to all people and situations. What is most encouraging about this publication is the simple fact that it recognizes that this is an issue. The report is aimed simultaneously at health care providers and patients. Continue Reading » Jan 12 2017 Curcumin Hype vs Reality A recent systematic review of the alleged health benefits of curcumin show that, yet again, hype based on “traditional use” is not a reliable guide. Curcumin is a spice that makes up about 5% of turmeric, a yellow spice used in many curries. Other preliminary lab studies suggest that curcumin or turmeric might protect against types of skin diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, colitis, stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol. The systematic review had two main findings: Let’s take the second point first, bioavailability.

Rationally Speaking Genealogy of Religion Pharyngula Probably not. But the New York Times reports: A review of studies has found that the health benefits of infant male circumcision vastly outweigh the risks involved in the procedure. Actually, it doesn’t. Not at all. The paper is all about the frequency of circumcision in the US; this is the only real data in the paper, and notice that a good chunk of it is speculation. Prevalence of adult circumcision in the United States during the past 6 decades (1948-2010). It does toss in a table purporting to show the tremendous risks of not circumcising baby boys, but this is not new — these are the same sloppy data that the author has been peddling for over a decade. The author is Brian Morris, better known as the Man Who Hates Foreskins. Take that first condition, the likelihood of urinary tract infections. Or look at his claim of much greater rates of HIV infection. Armed with this hunch, rather than set up a website I chose to do some research. It’s also an argument that can cut both ways.

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