Pinker, of course, is not the first to connect – or equate – religion with delusion. The evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is probably the most famous contemporary proponent of this view, which has intellectual roots dating back at least to political theorist Karl Marx and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In his book The God Delusion, Dawkins argued that religious faith is “persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence”, and thus delusional. … [Read more...] about Is belief in God a delusion?
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Experts have expressed concern over the new drug's potential side effects, which may pose hazards to the health of patients. For example, studies have linked the drug to seizures, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who researches the effects of dietary supplements. … [Read more...] about Q & A: How Safe is the Weight-Loss Drug Contrave?
At this year's virtual Linux Foundation Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference, VMware's Chief Open Source Officer, Dirk Hohndel asked Torvalds if now that Apple is switching its Macs to ARM, would this move "change the landscape of the hierarchy of CPUs?" Torvalds thought it might. "For ten years or so I'd be complaining about the fact that it's really, really hard to find ARM hardware that is usable for development. They exist, but they have certainly not been real competition for x86 so far." … [Read more...] about Linus Torvalds would like to use an M1 Mac for Linux, but…
Tiny bone reappearsA tiny crumb of bone known as the pisiform was lost in bird-like dinosaurs but re-evolved in modern birds. This bone is seen in modern lizard wrists and in four-legged dinosaurs, but bird-like dinosaurs lost it when they began to walk upright. The pisiform is important for flight -- it gives the wing rigidity as the bird moves the limb upward -- so it appears that birds regained this lost bone as they took to the skies. The pisiform is labled "p" in these images. [Read full story] … [Read more...] about Images: A Dinosaur Wrist Transforms into a Bird Wing
The team of Dutch and Malaysian researchers aimed to investigate the biodiversity around Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest point, and they say they've collected some 3,500 DNA samples of more than 1,400 species of plants, fungi and animals. Of these, they've identified about 160 species previously unknown to science, inlcuding spiders, mushrooms, beetles, snails, damselflies, ferns, termites and possibly a frog. [See Photos of the Borneo Finds] … [Read more...] about Glowing Mushrooms, Stalk-Eyed Bugs & Plant Toilet Found in Borneo