I think this has long been said, and I think a big part of the reason the Internet has such an effect on people is because a lot of religions cultivate ignorance of their own religion. Sunday School and Church sermons put the Bible through a meat grinder, cut into small passages, and ignore the contradictions and the… » 4/17/14 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

When moderate religious people talk about how religious belief is based on faith, and not evidence, I would like to throw books and movies like this at them. People gobble up any sort of half baked bit of 'evidence' to give some support to their religious beliefs, and people make money hand over fist providing it for… » 4/16/14 10:07am Wednesday 10:07am

Yeah, I felt much the same. To add on the questions: Are there lots of subspecies of humans, or are they all lots of human like aliens? Where is Earth? Is there no central authority to warn about Necromongers, if not, then how do people know about bounties? How long have humans been in space? » 4/15/14 11:23am Tuesday 11:23am

I hear this a lot, and I would like to point out that less that 1% of live births are given for adoption. My parents adopted 3 kids back in the 60s, and that would be almost impossible today, now that being a single parent isn't as huge a stigma and people have birth control. Getting a baby or very young child is… » 4/11/14 1:14pm 4/11/14 1:14pm

The point is more that the survival of animals is a non-random process. In your example, the white bear survives in cold environment, because of camouflage in snow. Its less white ancestors likewise derived some benefit from being less brown (which extended their reach into arctic areas). While the mutations that… » 4/11/14 1:04pm 4/11/14 1:04pm

I do feel bad about people's jobs and businesses, but at the same time, I think having better digital distribution would be better for the comic book industry as a whole, because suddenly you have a better distribution method for smaller/indie comic makers that might not get into stores, and people have an easier way… » 4/11/14 6:56am 4/11/14 6:56am

I had a similar discussion of this a few days ago... and my thoughts were similar to Price. Its one thing to have a spiritual dimension to a show, but if they really wanted to have it land home, they needed more than a generic "God wants it this way". Why? Why why why? And just assuming that, hey, God wanted it this way, … » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

The segment with the woman talking about her Children's Bible hits the nail on the head. Most of these people don't read the Bible. They have it read to them in church, where its chopped up, sanitized, and interpreted for them. How many people know that there are two creation stories side by side, two Nativities that… » 4/09/14 12:32pm 4/09/14 12:32pm

Scientists pretty regularly end up in creationist movies, sometimes knowingly, because they try to explain science and engage the creationists. And the creationists then edit what they say into something that makes them look stupid, or agree with the creationist point. Creationists have no problems at all doing that in … » 4/08/14 7:32am 4/08/14 7:32am

You know, I watched Kings for 4 or 5 episodes, and I think I still had no better idea of how their fantasy world came to exist than when I started. GoT had a weird setting, but man, they really tried to explain it to you in a way that made sense, both within the show and with all of those little short videos they… » 4/02/14 10:41am 4/02/14 10:41am

The sad fact of life is that a lot of people's results are nowhere near as solid as they are in the really important papers (which are only important after they've been verified). Sometimes its not even the fault of the researcher themselves... the Primary Investigators often have a particular view of what they should… » 4/01/14 2:37pm 4/01/14 2:37pm

The experts are quite right in their assessments. Asimov makes a lot of presumptions in his rules, the biggest of which being that the robots are aware of all the consequences of their actions, and their surroundings. To have something like Asimov's laws, you'd have to have robots that are already pretty high… » 3/28/14 9:38am 3/28/14 9:38am

Zombies have a lot of pluses to them. They are a distinctly new and American monster (though you have the earlier voodoo zombie) and their current incarnation comes from open source cinema and not some particular character or book, like Dracula and Frankenstein. This makes them very malleable in the way they are… » 3/27/14 2:58pm 3/27/14 2:58pm