Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not A Christian”

Russell reads his classic, Why I Am Not A Christian.  I find his reading and his rhetoric riveting. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Disambiguating Faith: How A Lack Of Belief In God May Differ From Various Kinds Of Beliefs That Gods Do Not Exist

Yesterday on Friendly Atheist there was a vigorous debate in the comments section about whether there is a real and important difference between claiming one lacks belief in God (or gods) and outright claiming that there is no God (or gods). Here is a nice formulation of the argument that the distinction is an irrelevant [Read More...]

Bill Nye The Humanist Guy

He’s “one of us”. And this past weekend he was awarded with the 2010 Humanist of the Year award of the American Humanist Association conference in San Jose, CA on June 5th, 2010. via Friendly Atheist. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Of Two Minds About The Existence Of God

Below is a discussion of the phenomenon of split-brain patients who have one half a brain that believes in God and another half that does not, by famed neurologist VS Ramachandran (author of Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind, A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers, [Read More...]

Hitchens On His Gay Side, His “Conservative Marxism”, And His Money Motive

Promoting his new book,Hitch-22: A Memoir, last weekend Christopher Hitchens provided frequently witty replies to frequently dimwitted questions from the New York Times’s Deborah Solomon. Here are a few provocative highlights: What did you mean to suggest by including the detail about your long-ago flings with two men who became part of Margaret Thatcher’s administration? [Read More...]

Bill Maher Teases Andrew Sullivan Over His Sarah Palin Fixation

As a huge Daily Dish fan, I loved this: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Differently Abled Or Simply More Virtuous In One Respect

Earlier today, I made a post comparing the different routes which atheists and those with Asperger’s syndrome take to their naturalistic explanations of causes of events that more religiously inclined people tend to chalk up to supernatural agency.  Whereas religious people would attribute an illness or finding their true love to the purposeful forces, like God’s [Read More...]

Iraq War Veteran Argues Against Moment Of Prayer At Council Meetings

Recently, Greenboro, South Carolina’s mayor, Bill Knight decided city council meetings will open with prayer: “I think this adds a very distinctly America quality and a very necessary element,” he said. “We all believe in something. This is an opportunity to exercise that without infringing on the government-religion prohibition.” In the video below, Phillip Drum [Read More...]

“I Prefer John Locke To Jesus Christ, I Prefer John Stuart Mill To Jesus Christ…I Prefer Jon Stewart To Jesus Christ”

If you missed Ayaan Hirsi Ali on The Colbert Report last night, make time to watch it now: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Ayaan Hirsi Ali Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News And in either case I also recommend from March 15, 2007, in which he hardly knows [Read More...]