Piano Black – Radioactive Space Rock

[important]Piano Black is A Million God’s guest blogger/intern/awesome person and is an 18 year old High School Student stretching her wings in skepticism and atheism while trying to teach people the value of science[/important]

I decided to write about about three very nice people who came into my life, fortunately enough they are here to stay. As a teenager who is trying to figure out who I am and what I am doing on this planet. The people I chose whose life story really jumped out to me was Carl Sagan, Iggy Pop and Marie Curie.

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Food – Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?

One of the biggest killers in the world is malnourishment. It’s a global issue and covers a variety of conditions affecting both the developed and the developing nations.

It’s a global phenomenon. Yes you did hear me right, we in the west have malnourishment issues just as much as we in the developing world face it but the faces of the two things are different. [Read more...]

Mums and Dads

Language is a weapon. It is as deadly a weapon in the game of survival as a spear or an arrow. Language helps preserve knowledge and helps communicate. It turns relatively squishy apes (compared to say… a Bear or a Mammoth) into a team. It’s one of the most important parts of human development. [Read more...]

Calvary and Ivory – Catholicism and Pachyderm Teeth

Apparently one of the “least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa” is religion. A lot of religion seems to use ivory in the production of holy goods.

Now this includes both legal and illegal ivory, a lot of cultures use it in particular the Vatican, it is believed that a stance against Ivory both legal or otherwise would drop the demand for ivory and save a few elephants. Check out Bryan Christy’s “Ivory Worship” article if you want to read more about it.

I agree with a lot of things in the original article, if we do cut out the demand for even legal ivory we could help alleviate the demand and stop the fetish of the teeth of elephants.

A lot of the usage of Ivory is symbolic and it is honestly elephant teeth, I am sure we can use cow or camel which are infinitely more common and whose bones are a by product of our meat consumption for the same purpose. I am sure unless you are some sort of elephant biologist, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

I am a firm believer of utilising all of an animal when you kill it and honestly? We can do better than kill elephants just for two massive teeth. We have cows whose bones are often wasted or broken down for calcium. If the ivory market is that massive we can use that as a substitute.

Many cultures already use camel and cow bone as a substitute for ivory, so why not the Church?

There is a petition on the National Geographic link at the top. Go show your love for the big grey beasties.

Darwin is on our Currency – Answers to Steve Ham for a Christian in Doubt

One of the major advantages of living in the UK is that we rarely have to put up with the actions of creationists. Any attempts by creationists to insert their particular variety of creationism in schools is roundly smacked down, and even in schools run by religious organisations you find that science generally is taught as science rather than applied theology.

Outside the government funded and Comprehensive and Grammar schools this may not be the case but even they are directly tied to qualifications such as the GCSE and A-Level equivalents all require the demonstration of science more than faith. “It was magic” is not considered an acceptable answer anywhere in the majority of public schools. It hasn’t stopped creationists trying but they haven’t succeeded. There is no political will to push the creationist viewpoint in any sizeable way in the country with Darwin on the currency. Outside of communities such as the Muslim community, creationist stances are rather in the minority even if most people don’t grasp the nuances of evolution.

He is actually on our most used note. The Tenner.

Which doesn’t stop the usual suspects from trying to weigh in. Honestly though? Considering the complete lack of success of creationism in the UK, I would think this is an attempt to try and raise money through the notion that there is a raging battle occurring in the UK. There isn’t; we already put Darwin on our currency, the fight is long over. This is just an attempt to try and raise a bit more money for their existing fight in the USA IMHO but it may be a genuine attempt to invade Stronghold Dawkins.

This article from Steve Ham was submitted by someone requesting I disprove this statement. The person asking is a Christian struggling with his faith and with reconciling the written word of “the gospel” with the reality of science. He was brought up to believe in this and specifically linked to this because he wanted to know if what Steve Ham thinks about the UK is true or not and what it means for us. [Read more...]

Immunity? Easy Peasy…. Lemon Squeezie

Kylie over at the Token Skeptic is poking fun at the Anti-Vax. Her literature is cool but I know something that is lacking in skeptic land.

One of the major problems with the vaccination movement is that most people cannot understand how vaccines are meant to work. Many anti-vaccine advocates simply think that injecting someone with a disease is a good way to make someone sick rather than make someone immune to a disease.

There is an absolute hand grenade of question that I have found turns the vaccination debate into an utter rout. How does the Immune System Function?

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