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Are religious people a bit thick?

From another blog that I’m following.

Why Evolution Is True

I had a discussion a few days ago with someone who told me that many very smart people he knew were also religious. I thought about that for a minute, and after reflection I just couldn’t agree. I don’t think one can be really smart and religious at the same time.

Yes, I know that some people who are academically smart and who have done great things, like Newton, were and are deeply religious. But in the old days you had no choice about being religious: you imbibed faith with your mother’s milk. And there was little chance to think for oneself, for it was either a death sentence or permanent ostracism if you questioned religion, and there were few ways to find like-minded souls.

Now, however, it’s different, for—except in some benighted lands—there is far more freedom to learn about nonbelief and hear the arguments against God; parents and society aren’t so insistent about…

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A (very) stupid man

Everybody is shocked (and it’s good they are) with the words spoken by an ignorant member of the European parliament creator and elected by the extreme right Polish, libertarian and Eurosceptic political party Coalition for the Renewal of the Republic – Liberty and Hope (KORWiN). His name Janusz Ryszard Korwin-Mikke.

Nevertheless, I was listening to him and thinking how stupid can a Polish still be. He was talking about the position of women in the physics Olympiad, claiming that the first Polish girl running for this contest was classified in the 800th position. Well, at least he is right in one thing – knowing physics is a synonym of intelligence and brightness of mind. And, of course, I am the right person to testify it; after all I am a physics teacher (please, do not forget to read sarcasm in this). Continuar a ler


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Cognitive psychology and religious beliefs 

And both drained their glasses…


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Fake news…

…and other silly books.

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Good old days…

It actually seems good old days are coming back!


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Sexual selection | Orlando’s blog

From another blog of mine.

https://orlandofigueiredo.blog/2017/02/12/sexual-selection/

One of the best-known species with evident and exuberant speciation traits is the peafowl. The male peafowl (also known as peacock) has a huge and odd fatherly tail, vivid cobalt blue feathers covering part of its back and its chest and neck to the head, and vivid orange feathers on the tips of the wings. All this exuberance and exhibitionism turn the peacock into an easy target to predators. On the other hand, the peafowl female (the peahen) has a short and discrete tail, its body covered by feathers of an uninteresting greyish. They easily go unnoticed in their natural habitat and seem to deal quite well with that.