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Rep. Todd Thomsen, has filed two resolutions in the Oklahoma House to oppose the teaching of the theory of evolution at the department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma and to oppose an invitation to Richard Dawkins to speak on Campus.
  • A U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine
  • Daylight Saving Time Yields Massive Daylight Surplus | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
  • The Right's biggest nightmare: What if Obama fixes the economy? | Crooks and Liars
  • Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts: Scientific American
    Why do people do good things? Is kindness hard-wired into the brain, or does this tendency arise via experience? Or is goodness some combination of nature and nurture? Dacher Keltner, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, investigates these questions from multiple angles, and often generates results that are both surprising and challenging. In his new book, Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, Keltner weaves together scientific findings with personal narrative to uncover the innate power of human emotion to connect people with each other, which he argues is the path to living the good life.
  • Writing for a living: a joy or a chore?: nine authors give their views | Books | The Guardian
  • Fossilized fish brain surprises scientists - Los Angeles Times
    At 300 million years old, the brain is the oldest ever found. The fish skull, found in Kansas, was rare in itself; specimens of early fish are usually squashed flat.

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    Comments

    Re: What if Obama fixes the economy?

    The right has nothing to fear. FDR fixed the economy, and they still say he prolonged the depression. The conservative response will be to LIE - so, no problem.

    Regarding Hitchens' article, those proposing this proposition feel it's in order due to the tolerant environment we've created in the world. In England, it is hard to believe some are even considering that the muslim practice of sharia law is ok. The HRC in Canada isn't helping either, the liberal condemnation of anything that offends anyone has become absurd, and the ridiculous hate speech laws are the result.

    It is no different in this country. There are companies and institutions that would fire an atheist for expressing any views just questioning the validity of theology, yet thanking jesus at the drop of a hat is perfectly fine. The controversy over evolution, abortion, and 'moral' issues is disheartening, and the push for defining marriage in the constitutions in this country is just the first step to a fascist government if we allow it to continue.

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