Daily Hilarity: The Amazing Atheist On Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

This guy’s pretty funny and insightful on the GOP and Obama.  The real must-see bit starts at 2:34 when he explains how to figure out the GOP’s views on any issue: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Why Barack Obama DOES Deserve A Nobel Peace Prize Already

Everyone left, right, and center is baffled today by Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize received out of the blue and before he has actually accomplished much of anything of what he had promised from his presidency (as Saturday Night Live compellingly argued).  He certainly has failed to be a fierce advocate of gay and lesbian rights, failed [Read More…]

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On Facts, Theories, And The Philosophy Of Science

PZ Myers fisks Nicholas Wade’s review of Richard Dawkins’s The Greatest Show on Earth, in which Wade gets pedantic about a distinction between facts and theories which only shows his own ignorance about how the two relate to each other.  Along the way Wade badly invokes the philosophy of science. First off Myers quotes Stephen [Read More…]

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Why Do Atheism Rates Correlate With Education Levels?

Carlo Strenger argues the case that the statistical correlation between increased education and increased rates of atheism is not a coincidence or a matter of conformity for the sake of status among intellectuals: Nick Spencer shows that there is indeed a correlation between educational level and atheism. In the US this phenomenon is far more [Read More…]

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It’s Not Bragging If It’s True

Sendai Anonymous picks up the ball from where my post on “Smug Atheists” left off and draws some of the further implications.  She kicks off her post with an illustration from recent intellectual history. Many years ago, Alan Sokal epically owned stupid pomos* by submitting a ridiculous parody article* to their prized journal, Social Text. The article [Read More…]

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Michelle Obama Wins Nobel Prize Too!

From David Fitzsimmons of The Arizona Star, via The Moderate Voice Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Marge Simpson On Playboy Cover

Well this is… unexpected. When I went to bed last night the thought that Barack Obama would win the Nobel Peace Prize and Marge Simpson would be on the cover of Playboy would have never, ever crossed my mind. Maybe the other way around would have even been more plausible. What a goofy world we [Read More…]

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Shady Tricks Of The Mind

Really neat stuff on an optical illusion: I wonder what would happen though if there were a pencil on every line—would the effect be just like having no pencils or would the mind turn all four shades into one? (via Omnibrain) Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Child Brides Have To Pay Way Out Of Marriage

The Good Atheist writes: CNN has the touching and painful story of little Nujood Ali, a 10 year old Yemeni girl that recently had to fight to divorce her much older abusive “husband”. She’s become somewhat of a celebrity, and her parents (the same people who basically sold her away to a pervert) are angry that [Read More…]

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