Atheists who love Science!


Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

Members: 1570
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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

Discussion Forum

How to Identify That Light in the Sky

Started by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago. 0 Replies


Started by Patricia Sep 5. 0 Replies

A New 'Star Crab'

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Sep 4. 2 Replies

Atheism isn’t enough, and it isn’t very satisfying

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 31. 13 Replies

Your Black Hole Eats Neutron Star Gold

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 5. 0 Replies

Aging Research Breakthrough

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 29. 5 Replies

Paul Stamets - Bioremediation with Fungi

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jul 26. 1 Reply

Metrology: The Science of Measurement

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Plinius Jul 20. 13 Replies

time viewing

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz May 13. 20 Replies

Corrupt Science

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 11. 8 Replies

Michelle Thaller on Science Denial

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andrew Mar 18. 12 Replies

Data Analytics and the Disintegration of Public Knowledge

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 19. 4 Replies

Peas learn by association

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 1 Reply

Hyperkeystone Species

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 2 Replies

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Comment by Clarence Dember on March 21, 2012 at 5:10pm
To Joan Denoo.
Objectivism does not conflate well with one issue politics.Moreover, Rational self interest is an ethic which does not own the patent rights to mutually assured destruction. Is fracking shale for gas destructive to aquifers? It appears to be. Are there other energy technologies able to quell our appetite for energy? What patents have been granted for such applications and where is the lobbying money for its implementation coming from? Can corrupt political systems claim technical competence with respect to the stewardship of planets?
Comment by Jessica on March 21, 2012 at 9:11am

I love watching Dinosaur train with my son, it is a show on PBS.  After each show a paleontologist named Dr. Scott talks to the kids about the episode they just saw.  I think I have a crush on him!  I like when adults talk to children about science and evolution.  Dr. Scott Sampson is a Canadian dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and educator who serves as Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah.  We need more shows like this for children.  My son is 4 and I have started talking to him about evolution which is so much better than the xtian nonsense I was hearing when I was his age (fear and indoctrination).  My main goal is for him to stay an atheist who loves science and learning.  However, if he finds "god"  I will try to be ok with it. I just wanted to share :)  Check out his page!

Comment by Sean Murphy on March 20, 2012 at 6:13pm

Almost all of our federal legislators are corrupt

Almost all?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2012 at 3:19pm

And, let us be aware that public money spent on bringing oil shales across the US has a consequence, many consequences. 
1. Risk of contaminated aquifers that are fossil aquifers and will not be replenished until the end of the next ice age, if the Earth survives that long.
2. Increase of dirty substances from burning dirty oil shales and increasing the greenhouse effect.
3. Delaying the development of petroleum alternatives with sustainable, renewable energy sources.
4 ...need I go on? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2012 at 3:10pm

Investment in education can result in better technology, processes, understanding of how things work, and on and on. 
I visited a Mormon community i central Mexico where their population sent their kids away to universities all over the world. Those students returned home to improve their agriculture, energy technology, water management, and all other kids of ideas. They developed solar, wind and water energy, hybridized agriculture to meet the needs of high desert conditions. Their kids were using computers and connecting all over the world. I spend an afternoon with a group of kids in their science labs and was overwhelmed with their knowledge. All this came about because of education to improve their lives in a high desert surrounded by primitive cultures. I am not a Mormon, and I support their focus and investment in education.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2012 at 3:04pm

Let us be really careful here, money for research in the wrong hands will result in more weapons for killing and destroying. We need more tools for problem solving and conflict resolution. That will never happen if any of the Tea Partiers/Republicans/Randians get in. Their motive is not the best interest of the people or the planet or the poor. They believe in Rand's philosophy: 

"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged[2]


Comment by annet on March 20, 2012 at 10:54am

NASA's budget 18.69 Billion, about 0.5% of the annual government budget.

The US Spends More Money Air conditioning Military tents in Iraq then they do on NASA's Annual Budget.

Comment by Thomas Ledbetter on March 20, 2012 at 10:27am

I'm a child of the 70's and a big NASA fan, but the issue of what to do with it has vexed me for two decades now.  There is some obvious use;  orbital Earth studies, telescopes, etc ... but I just really don't see the value of the ISS.  Let's face it, the return on the 
$ just isn't what it used to be.  What we NEED to be doing now is bio-tech and nano-tech research.  Space is SO 1970s.  If the U.S. is to maintain our technological lead, it won't be by "doing space".  What we need to focus on is:  what research will give us the greatest gains for Humanity?  That is where we need to be. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 20, 2012 at 3:41am

Steven, your "Money spent on repairing a road or subway is not wasted money" muddies the waters.

Very different people, NASA workers and road builders, are directly employed. When those direct employees spend their money they create indirect employment. When those indirect employees spend their money they create further indirect employment, et cetera. So in one sense the money is not wasted.

However, people who build roads can rightly say some of their taxes are wasted. When, for instance, NASA studies colonizing Mars, the money that pays for travel to/from Mars and for the stuff that NASA leaves on Mars does not benefit taxpayers.

All of the money spent building roads benefits people here on earth.

The results of economic analysis are not easily summarized in short sound bytes.

Comment by Julie Carter on March 19, 2012 at 10:31pm

Steven, you're absolutely right. It's not a zero sum game, but it's hard to remember that and think of it the right way, even for me, and I know that! :)


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