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  • Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion
    By on February 5, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    With his trademark hat and beard, Dr. Robert Bakker is one of the most recognized paleontologists working today. Bakker was among the advisers for the movie Jurassic Park, and the character Dr. Robert Burke in the film The Lost World: Jurassic Park is based on him. He was one of the first to put forth the idea that some dinosaurs had feathers and were warm-blooded, and is credited with initiating the ongoing “dinosaur renaissance” in paleontology. (more…)

  • Amazon Patents Deducing Religion From Gift Wrap
    By on December 26, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “If you’re the giver or recipient of presents gift-wrapped by Amazon, you may want to take a gander at U.S. Patent No. 8,060,463, granted to Amazon last month for Mining of User Event Data to Identify Users with Common Interests. Among other things, Amazon explains the invention can be used to identify recipients of gifts as Christian or Jewish based on wrapping paper. From the patent: ‘The gift wrap used by such other users (more…)

  • Republicans, Religion and the Triumph of Unreason
    By on December 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Something strange has happened in America in the nine months since Barack Obama was elected. It has best been summarized by the comedian Bill Maher: “The Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved to a mental hospital.”