Facebook Monitoring User Moods

uhhhh…. The company’s data team on Monday launched a trippy new application called the “Gross National Happiness Index.” Taking a similar format to its “Lexicon” trend-tracking product, the “GNH” currently displays a graph of data tabulated over the course of the past few years to track the “happiness” of Facebook users based on words picked up [Read More...]

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: An Andrew Sullivan Reader On A Darwinist Response To Evil

Just great stuff (from a very long e-mail you should read in full): You want a secular account of evil?  Here it is.  Evil does exist, like most other phenomena granted a label by human culture.  It is what we’ve semantically converged on:  a universally-understood though fuzzily-bounded descriptor of that which goes against our current [Read More...]

Personal Tales Of Iraqi Persecution Of Gays

As we’ve highlighted before, in Iraq gays are suffering intense persecution.  New York Magazine has an important 7 page piece.  Here are just some of the key portions: The eruption of violence in February appears to have been an unintended consequence of the country’s broader peace. In the wake of the surge in American troops [Read More...]

The Ten Commandments

The Thinking Atheist explores the big ten: It’s not as impressive as his previous endeavors—a couple of the digs are pedantic and stretching to find something wrong—but there are a couple interesting points.   His masterpiece in case you missed it when we featured it this summer was “The Story of Suzie.” Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Blasphemy Day Posters

Blaghag has photos of all the posters from her Non-Theist Society’s “Blasphemy Day” during which students were given poster board to say whatever they wanted about whatever they wanted, as a celebration of free speech.  Here’s just one of the 16 students filled up: Ouch for Aristotle.  Who saw that coming on a blasphemy poster? [Read More...]

Chemist Makes His Own Shroud Of Turin Medieval Style

Luigi Garlaschelli shows how the Shroud of Turin effect can be created with means available in the Middle Ages. The Shroud of Turin shows the back and front of a bearded man with long hair, his arms crossed on his chest, while the entire cloth is marked by what appears to be rivulets of blood from [Read More...]

Thank God Prayer Doesn’t Work!

Good Atheist remarking on a campaign to pray for liberal politicians makes the following astute value judgment: It’s a good thing prayer does absolutely nothing (well, other than waste people’s time I suppose). If it did, can you imagine the kind of world we’d be living in? How many times have people prayed for terrible, [Read More...]

Removing The Bible’s “Liberal Bias”

That’s the aim at Conservapedia’s “Conservative Bible Project”. Did you know that liberals are responsible for the story where Jesus rejects the idea of stoning an adulteress and so that part of the Bible should be taken out? Did you know that liberals also snuck in that part where Jesus asks for the forgiveness of [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins’s Speech Awarding Bill Maher

Here’s the video of Dawkins balancing honoring Bill Maher with recognizing his disagreements with Maher’s views on medicine. And then going on to give a solid speech about both the virtues of Maher’s work and the religulousness exposed in Maher’s film. Warning, there’s an annoying ringing sound and some bizarre burbling noises throughout the video. [Read More...]


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