“The Atheist” As Symbol And Boundary-Marking Cultural Category In America

The hostility to atheism is so incredibly illogical, but there it is, from this paper out of the University of Minnesota, published in American Sociological Review in April 2006: The core point of this article can be stated concisely. Atheists are at the top of the list of groups that Americans find problematic in both [Read More...]

On Failing To Grasp How Competition Can Be Cooperative And How Cooperation Can Be Counter-Productive

Robin Hanson responds to work such as Frans de Waal’s which emphasizes the invaluable role that empathy and cooperation played in natural selection of humans by stressing that as good as cooperation might be, we are prone to making serious errors about what genuinely helpful cooperation entails in specific instances: The unstated moral behind most [Read More...]

There Are No Theists In Hospital Waiting Rooms

Have to post the video just for the great title alone. But the information is also important and sad.  Before watching this video, please do yourself a favor and read Those Who Walk Away From Omelas if you never have before.  It’s worth experiencing reading it for yourself before watching the video since the video [Read More...]

Tesco: A Company With Subtle Theological Spokespeople

Daniel Jones, 23 year old founder of a 500,000 member Jedi church, felt emotionally humiliated after employees at a Tesco forced him to remove his Jedi hood and mocked his beliefs after he gave them a business card which proved his religion. Mr Jones, from Holyhead, said his religion dictated that he should wear the [Read More...]

Edward Current Converts To Every Religion (Just In Case)

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Daily Hilarity: The Sanity Fish

For those in need of some inspiration lest they regain faith in times of trial: (warning: somewhat gratuitous vulgarity in the video) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Sex Offenders Or Curious Teenagers

Andrew Sullivan points to this post arguing that the law is damaging many lives by not adequately distinguishing the difference: The sex offender laws will kick in and are guaranteed to destroy any ambition your child may have for success. Any attempts to better themselves, or become productive members of your community, will be throttled [Read More...]

Adam Beane’s Sculptures

Beane’s sculptures are beautifully realistic.  Here’s his Eric Gagne: See more, including such figures as Billy Wagner, Brian Urlacher, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Pablo DiCanio, Evangeline Lily, Dante Toneguzzo, Roger Milla, Alessandro del Piero, a zombie teenager, and more. [Read more...]

Challenging Myths Of Eden

Below is a thought-provoking video which critiques the notion of fallenness from several angles.  It builds off of one point I’ve wanted to write about for a while and that’s that the non-literal reading of Genesis is just as false as the metaphorical one.  When religious people argue that the Garden of Eden story is [Read More...]


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