Never Too Late for a Good Review!

Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism reviewed my book! His review post is from Feb. 1, but I only just found it. In this book, he definitively puts to rest the oft-heard stereotype that atheism is a worldview solely for egghead ivory-tower intellectuals, not for heartland salt-of-the-earth folks. As he writes in the intro, "I've been a ranch hand, mule packer, wilderness guide, carpenter, truck driver, meat cutter, roofer, and a lot of other stuff besides... This is how I see the world." [ ... ] There … [Read more...]

Titty Baby: Gratuitously Insulting Political Poster

Forgive me if you don't agree with the content or tone of the following. It's in response to some things on Facebook this morning, a cutting reminder that — to me, at least — there's a bigger picture in this election cycle. (Of course, as is usual for me, it's probably too long to be really effective. So if you hate it, content yourself that it will probably make no noticeable splash in the current political pool.) Click here: TittyBaby … [Read more...]

Okay, So It’s Not Flying Cars …

But still. Google’s self-driving car has been demoed a number of times over the past few years — “Good Morning America” even took it for a spin in 2010. But the pedal’s about to  be really put to the metal in Nevada. Nevada’s Legislative Commission has approved regulations that would allow self-driving vehicles on the state’s roadways. Sweet, huh? Near as I can tell from the story, it's a bit of bracing open-mindedness on the part of Nevada state legislators. They're willing, … [Read more...]

The Hitler of Ice Cream

Jon Stewart hits another one out of the park. I LOL'd. … [Read more...]

Camels With Hammers, Booyah!

Stop reading this. Go read this: Is It Just A Mystery Whether God Exists? Daniel Fincke details an argument between a godder and a skeptic. Robin: Okay, first of all—I don’t claim to know there is a god, I admit I have faith. I am honest about that, unlike you making knowledge claims where you really only have faith too. Jaime: Hold it—you cannot have this both ways. You worship this god, you live your life around your beliefs about this god and what you think it wants you to do, and … [Read more...]

For Christian Teens: Getting Beyond the Unthinkable

I’m thinking of some tri-fold fliers to be handed out to Christian teens. Here's a first approximation of one of them. Tell me what you think of it, what you'd add, take away, change. _______________________________ What If ... ? When you think about it, it’s the nuances that have helped we humans advance. The search for all that stuff obscured by the standard wisdom, the common knowledge, the things every sane person knows. … [Read more...]

St. Valentine and Darwin: A Tale of Two Carls

Carl Buell, Carl Zimmer. Do you know the names? Buell is the renowned natural history illustrator, Zimmer is the well-known science writer. Buell's name just popped up all over the world in relation to Darwin Day, Zimmer's makes a splash this week on the cover of Time Magazine. I hope Darwin enthusiast Colin Purrington will forgive me for quoting pretty much an entire page on his website, but he explains the Buell-Darwin connection so well I just couldn't do it better:  … [Read more...]

Jeez, I Looked Like THAT??

Good news! Well, for me, anyway. I've been invited to do an article for American Atheist Magazine. I just submitted it today, for the March issue. Part of the thing was a couple of photos I had to send along. Since the piece is about my recent "atheist deals with death" experience, and speaks of my cowboy Dad, the pics were of me and said Dad. Most of my life, I actually thought I was rather homely, but looking at this pic from 1975, I'm like "Hey, this kid is handsome! That's ME??" … [Read more...]

Hey, It’s An Imperfect World (Sorry, L.Ron)

I'm a long way from the planning table here at FtB. I'm pretty sure Ed Brayton and PZ Myers have a Master Planner's Lair somewhere, which has a huge hot tub, beer bar and poker table, where the World Domination plans proceed. Pictured above is the Soundproof Lair for Concealing Maniacal Laughter. I like to think the whole complex is in Scotland somewhere, probably underground, and they get there by Opening a Way into the Never-Never. I suspect Ian Cromwell, Daniel Fincke and certain others get … [Read more...]

About that Cure …

Just wanted to follow up on my post of a few days ago. I still feel a little bit bad about the headline, "Hurrah! Cure for Alzheimer's Discovered!" I intended it to be funny, sort of a reflection of common practice in science reporting. This does it better:   … [Read more...]