Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact" and "We Stopped Dreaming"

At around 5am this morning on Facebook, Neil deGrasse Tyson posted links to these videos and wrote (with good reason), “I continue to be moved by what creative videographers have done with my words.” The first video is about how astonishing it is that the elements that made our emergence as physical life possible, and [Read More...]

PROOF of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

As Universe Today puts it: A new computer simulation is showing Earth’s magnetosphere in amazing detail – and it looks a lot like a huge pile of tangled spaghetti (with the Earth as a meatball). Or perhaps a cosmic version of modern art. Read much more about what it means for our planet to be tangled in [Read More...]

The Atheist Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year involves eight solar holidays (the sabbats).  The sabbats include the solar quarter days (the solstices and the equinoxes) as well as the solar cross-quarter days intermediate between the quarters.  For theistic Wiccans, these days symbolize events in the life-cycles of the god and goddess.  These days are marked by sabbat [Read More...]

"Not Everything In Life Is Logical"

When we rationalists, naturalists, and other assorted atheists insist that no one should form beliefs that disregard logic and evidence, the defenders of faith often tell us that “Not everything in life is logical”, or use some variant of this phrase. What might they mean by this? Where is their confusion exactly and how best [Read More...]

What is Life?

Can we define it? Can we recognize it elsewhere in the universe if we cannot even define it? Thanks to Helen. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Cat Faber’s “The Words Of God”

This is another, meditative Sunday afternoon song, each of I’ve lifted from either this post or its comments section). This one though is not satirical and should be genuinely amenable to the more sophisticated theist (or pantheist or other believer in a philosopher’s god of some sort), who wants more God in her view of [Read More...]

Scientists’ Spiritualities As Alternative Models Of Religiosity

In my last post, I made clear that I am by no means an “accommodationist” who wants to let religious claims to hegemony over ethics, metaphysics, or epistemology go unchallenged as part of a deal whereby it agrees to either cooperate with or, minimally, not interfere with science education and science-based public policy.  In a [Read More...]

Just How Intelligent Are WE Anyway?

Earlier, I quoted some of Greg Mayer’s ruminations with some students on whether or not alien forms of intelligent life would even recognize us as intelligent life.  In reply, on Facebook, John suggested Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s argument on the matter is decisive: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Dawkins On The Anthropic Principle

Interesting remarks on the possible implications of Darwinian thinking for thinking in physics.  Is it possible that there is natural selection among many universes? Watch Dawkins’s entire talk from which this clips comes: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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