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Book Excerpt from The Phantom God
In Chapter 1, “Why Is God Two-Faced?,” author John Wathey argues that the answer to this question is the key to an ethological understanding of religion.
Book Excerpt from The Phantom God
Book Excerpt from The Phantom God

In Chapter 1, “Why Is God Two-Faced?,” author John Wathey argues that the answer to this question is the key to an ethological understanding of religion.

In Chapter 1, “Why Is God Two-Faced?,” author John Wathey argues that the answer to this question is the key to an ethological understanding of religion.

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Book cover of The Phantom God by John C. Wathey
Opinion: Neuroscience Could Help Demystify Religious Experience
John C. Wathey | Jan 2, 2023 | 4 min read
If we ask the right questions, modern tools could help researchers solve mysteries such as why many people believe in a God that both provides unconditional love and levies eternal damnation.
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Opinion: The Reproductive Technology Advances No One Asked For
John D. Loike and Alan Kadish | Jun 22, 2022 | 4 min read
Cloning and parthenogenesis of humans wouldn’t align with bioethical principles.
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Religion on the Brain
Emma Yasinski | Jul 13, 2021 | 6 min read
Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.
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Science Groups Pull Brigham Young University Job Ads
Kerry Grens | Nov 13, 2019 | 2 min read
Members of two geology societies voiced concerns about the school’s prohibition of same-sex relationships.
EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution
Kerry Grens | Mar 4, 2018 | 1 min read
In audio files from 2005, the future Administrator of the EPA said there’s a lack of “sufficient scientific facts” to back the theory.
Opinion: Turkey’s Scientists Under Pressure
Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Kirstin R.W. Matthews | Sep 14, 2016 | 3 min read
The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility toward science.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2016 | 3 min read
What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap
Science vs. Religion?
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2015 | 2 min read
Two thirds of religious Americans say there is no conflict between their own beliefs and science, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center.
The War Rages On
Jerry A. Coyne | Jul 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Conflict between science and religion continues, with effects on health, politics, and the environment.
Book Excerpt from Faith vs. Fact
Jerry A. Coyne | Jun 30, 2015 | 4 min read
In Chapter 1, “The Problem,” author Jerry Coyne sets the historical stage for his suggestion that science and religion are not compatible and never will be.
Opinion: Science & Religion: A Centuries-old War Rages On
Jerry A. Coyne | May 18, 2015 | 4 min read
While some in the scientific and religious communities have declared an end to the tensions between faith and fact, the conflict continues to have impacts on health, politics, and the environment.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2015 | 2 min read
March 2015's selection of notable quotes
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Opinion: Confronting Creationism
Ann Reid and Glenn Branch | Feb 7, 2014 | 3 min read
Five reasons why scientists should stay out of debates over evolution.
Contributors
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Book Excerpt from Buddhist Biology
David P. Barash | Jan 31, 2014 | 4 min read
In Chapter 1, “A Science Sutra,” author David Barash describes how the ancient philosophy might form the perfect link between science and religion.
Indiana’s Creationism Bill a No-Go?
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 6, 2012 | 1 min read
Support for legislation that would allow creationism and other religious views to be taught alongside evolution in science classrooms wanes in the state’s House of Representatives.
The Hyena Den, discovered 1821
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2011 | 3 min read
A 19th century geologist and minister investigates a prehistoric cave full of hyena bones in his native England.
Religion and Disease
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 25, 2011 | 1 min read
Deadly epidemics can have a profound impact on people’s choice of religion.
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