Article published on Bio Medicine on 11/11/2008 by Kitta MacPherson of Princeton University.
Evolution's new wrinkle
A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution.
The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on December 31, 2008 at 7:00am —
I've only started using a computer and the Internet this year, so it's been a pleasant surprise to discover that I'm not alone. Not that I live in an overwhelmingly religious society (Denmark) but I meet almost nobody who is a real skeptic/atheist. The vast majority spout things about "there are more things in heaven and earth", usually thinking they are quoting the Bible - it's Shakespeare - and without knowing the other half: "than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio." Don't be narrow… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on December 31, 2008 at 1:33am —
I'm sure most of you are internet savvy enough to know about places like Digg and Reddit. Well, I was unaware until recently that there is a place called "The Atheist Spot" which is a community news generated community for stories of particular interest to atheists.
Not sure how many of you were already aware of this, and if this is OFN, but I just thought I'd try to popularize it a little more. So far… Continue
Added by Larian LeQuella on December 30, 2008 at 10:30pm —
This was taken from a news article on President Bush and where he "lost" the American people. You can read the whole article here:
Back when I was a Republican, I watched the so called "Religious Right" come into the party. They came in like a virus. They did and still do the same approach. "We'll stick a toe in and… Continue
Added by Rick on December 30, 2008 at 8:30pm —
After nearly 38 years of life... being born into a christian family, graduating nearly at the top of my class at a christian university (why christian? -because it was close), and being surrounded by "believers" at home, school, and work... the idea of the existance of a god to me has always seemed laughable. --Except for the fact that I was never allowed to laugh. And the idea of "creationism" would be totally hilarious if not for the fact that so many people actually buy it. I'd be glad to… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on December 30, 2008 at 5:38pm —
Rebecca Watson and the Skepchicks (which would make a great band name) have selected the Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008
: people who have led the fight for reason and against pseudoscience. The list includes a lot of big names within the skepticism community, notably Ben Goldacre, PZ Myers and Phil Plait.
I, being hopelessly lame, had not heard of all the winners, but thanks to Rebecca now I know, and knowing is half the battle.… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 3:03pm —
1. The more skilled a craftsman is, the less defects his product contains. 
2. The perfect craftsman is an omnipotent creator (a.k.a. "God").
3. God should therefore be capable of producing a creation without any sloppy defects.  This includes humans, of course.
4. At the organ level, the inflamed human appendix is an obvious defect of design.
5. Ergo, humans are far from being physically flawless. In behavioural aspects, Christianity largely agrees. 
6. One is… Continue
Added by A.Ou on December 30, 2008 at 2:12pm —
The Washington Post reports a new study
showing that teenagers who are brainwashed or cudgeled into taking anti-sex pledges end up having sex just as much as propaganda-free teenagers. Sexless-pledged kids excel in other areas, though, such as acquisition of sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Once again we see clear and unambiguous evidence that the only things… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 12:00pm —
I wrote a post over at Heaving Dead Cats
. I did something wicked and I wanted to share it with everyone because it made me Blasphemously Happy. Here's a link to what I did. You decide how wicked it is:…
Added by Neece on December 30, 2008 at 11:30am —
You always hear a story about someone turning their life to God or "finding Jesus" after a terrible shortcoming or battle with addiction. It usually gets me thinking about Former Governor/Wrester Jesse Ventura's quote "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." The reason why? When I think of my pre-atheist self, I think of a very weak-minded person who thrived for excuses. Do these people need a congregation to make themselves feel special… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on December 30, 2008 at 3:26am —
So I've been spending a lot of time working on my website
this past week since I have a lot of free time. Working at a university has one huge bonus: I get paid days off whenever the students are off. I'm a little half way over my 16 days off.
Slowly the site is gaining in popularity and I have been noticing a degradation in its performance. Aside from the prepackaged popup library I'm using when you cursor over the article links, everything… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on December 30, 2008 at 12:09am —
taken from my blog
Apparently some people dont’ understand how reality and arguments work when it comes to debating religion, so I’ve decided to try and explain. An argument about religion has to follow the same rules that any argument has to follow. Some people blatantly try to ignore this, and it only hurts their claim.
Firstly, when you make a statement, you are making a claim. “I ate cereal… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on December 29, 2008 at 7:00pm —
A recent article
in Nature magazine presents evidence that the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of life on Earth was probably not a hyperthermophile after all. New molecular-genetics results show the cell type all living cells can trace their own origin back to in a clear genetic line - LUCA - was not a strong heat-loving microbe. Up until now, the accepted model in evolutionary genetics was that LUCA shared… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 29, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Freethinking Winter Solstice Sign & Billboard
To go up in Olympia!
Nov. 26, 2008
Tis the season . . . to bring some freethinking cheer to Olympia!
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is making its mark on Olympia in December.
In addition to erecting a jaunty "Reason's Greetings" billboard in downtown Olympia on East 5th Avenue (cross street Jefferson), the Foundation and its… Continue
Added by MJ on December 29, 2008 at 5:30pm —
No Evangelizing At Recruiting Sites
December 28, 2008McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
The Pentagon is cracking down on evangelizing at its national network of recruit processing centers, telling religious groups that it won't permit proselytizing at the sites.
A new regulation quietly distributed last month to commanders of the 65 centers says that religious literature and publications produced by other "non-federal entities" may be made available to… Continue
Added by Rick on December 29, 2008 at 5:00pm —
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Added by Krista on December 29, 2008 at 3:34pm —
Disturbing things afoot in small town America--imagine that! Vjack at Atheist Revolution commented on this apparent fiasco in-waiting last week (links provided later--I am not home and am having technical difficulties at the moment), and I guess it's not going away. In fact, for the poor guy who complained (and rightly so), it's gotten much worse.
Read the Rest - Links not on blog...heh...but if you go there, you'll know where to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 29, 2008 at 2:49pm —
A network like this even exists?
Feel like I came out of the closet!
Added by Drew on December 29, 2008 at 12:00am —
Added by Fr33think3r on December 28, 2008 at 3:43pm —
From now on, I will be using this term to refer to those people (including myself when appropriate) who are not able to distinguish reality from fantasy, for whatever reason. This ranges from the operational reality-challenged (like those who believe in supernatural entities, for example, and can still walk around and pass for normal) to the curl-up-in-a-ball-paranoid-delusional reality-challenged.
It's okay. It happens to the best of us, on occasion.
Wow. I could SO not… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 28, 2008 at 1:59pm —