Yew Cain’t Trust Yore Lyin’ Eyes

Watch this video:I've been seeing optical illusions like this for something like 60 years, and the never-fail tagline is always "You can't trust your eyes!" The thing is always presented as a profound scientific lesson in human perception.But it's SLANTED science, science with a somewhat false editorial built into it, the whole aimed at achieving a little funhouse-type prank on the viewer. When I figured this out 30 or so years back, when I understood the REAL lesson, I stopped being … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Left Lane Driving

The Book of Good Living, if you're new here, is my concept for a broad, basic guide to living well and living with others. It's all the stuff we SHOULD know about living life among other humans and on Planet Earth.Rather than some silly Ten Commandments focused on duties to a mythical god, this would be a searchable online multimedia encyclopedia something like Wikipedia, constantly updated by users and powerfully cross-referenced, covering every area of life, everything from basic morality … [Read more...]

Can’t … Resist … Dazzling … Original … Nature … Song

You're gonna love this. Just relax and let it ... enter your mind.Yes, this is what foxes really sound like. … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Videoactive! Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa

I got invited to Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa last year, and the video of my talk — on Beta Culture and the "end of the world" — has just been released.Be gentle. It was my first time before an audience since the early 1990s, and I was a bit nervous.  … [Read more...]

Atheist Grief Panel Discussion: FTBConscience

Thanks to the kind invitation from Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, I was on the Atheist Grief panel of FTBConscience, and that took place today at 5 p.m., East Coast time. Other panelists were Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor.And here it is, already on YouTube!  … [Read more...]

Free Online Movies, Including One on Atheism

Things to be found on this newfangled Internet:535 Free Movies OnlineIncluding this one: Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief With the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the emotional whiplash that followed, the monotheistic religions of the West took a more stridently political turn. It was in this context that Jonathan Miller, the British theatre and opera director, felt compelled to create a three-part documentary tracing the history of religious skepticism and … [Read more...]