Sinisterspark’s reportedly busy with her studies, so I’ll be filling in with the weekly news items until things settle down. Aside from the usual reports of the Catholic Church’s misogyny, I’ve picked up several interesting interesting bits of science news.
Stephen Hawking explains that while aliens may exist, he doubts that it will play out link First Contact scenario many sci-fi buffs have theorized. Hawking instead alludes to what happened to the Native Americans when Christopher Columbus first landed in America. That is, the alien species may be less than friendly, and could given their superior tech, would not bode well for our race.
Also make sure to check out the opinion piece by JulietEcho on the Friendly Atheist regarding premarital sex, and the study on the effects of charismatic leaders on your ability to think rationally. Yes, it’s official: Listening to the likes of Eli Soriano makes you dumber.
Make sure to submit any interesting updates over at the News Thread over at the forums, and wish sinister well on her studies!
Stephen Hawking: Aliens may exist, but do we really want to meet them? (via Yahoo news) Link
Hypocrisy: Anti-gay activist on vacation with “rent boy” (via Miami New Times) Link
Vatican on the prowl for feminazi nuns in Washington state (via KUOW.org) Link
Giant robot baby terrorizes China. No, this is not from The Onion (via CNET) Link
Law Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Op-Ed on his first-hand experience on the Catholic Church blocking legal actions against sex offenders (via NY Times) Link
What’s Wrong with Premarital Sex? (via Friendly Atheist) Link
Blasphemy! College students draw stick figures of the prophet Mohammed (via Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers) Link
Karma: Alternative meds promoter Gary Null ODs on his own product (via NY Daily News) Link
Boobquake aftershocks: Iranian women gives event positive reception (via Blag Hag) Link
Study shows that being exposed to charismatic religious leaders shuts down rational thought (via New Scientist) Link