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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Sam Harris, the author of The End of Faith, discusses why he is uncomfortable with Francis Collins' nomination to be NIH director. Harris says that Collins has impeccable credentials but that it's important to understand how Collins' faith relates to scientific research. Harris walks through the text of slides that Collins presented at a talk at Berkeley in 2008.

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