Disturbing First Hand Account Of Our Christianist Military

Via Unreasonable Faith, comes this piece written by an Army Officer and West Point graduate.   Reading this has boiled my blood like nothing in a long time: During my second year at the West Point, my Squad Leader for summer training expressed disapproval on numerous occasions with my being Jewish, and, during one mission, he grabbed my MRE (a military meal) as we sat down for lunch and handed me another. He ordered me to eat the pork chop… Read more

Daily Hilarity: The Facts The Emperor Doesn’t Want You To Know

We all think we know what happened to the Empire’s first Death Star a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but this unnerving fact sheet raises numerous causes for doubt about the official story we’ve been fed: 4) Why has there not been an investigation into allegations that Darth Vader, the second-ranking member of the Imperial Government, is in fact the father of the pilot who allegedly destroyed the Death Star? 6) Nerf-Herders defy the laws of… Read more

Buzz-Killing The Atheists Are Awesome Videos

George dissects the atheism videos we featured earlier today which showed just how awesome atheists are and how much everyone would miss us if we took our awesomeness away.  George kills some buzz with a little fact checking: I am going to begrudgingly play devil’s advocate here so don’t panic, I have not gone off my rocker. A few points… 1. The statistic in the first video that the crime rate, teenage pregnancy rate, etc. would increase is very poorly… Read more

Classic Pat Condell Video On The Benefits Of Atheism

Rarely does someone say so much so right so well in just over 4 minutes: Your Thoughts? Read more

Disambiguating Faith: Faith In The Sub-, Pre-, Or Un-conscious

In previous posts (which you will not need to have read to understand this one, but which I recommend you catch up on if you have the time now or later), Adam has tried to argue that irrational ways of thinking may be indispensable means of getting at truth.  In response, I have tried to discern the ways that various seemingly irrational processes of reaching truths are effective means of arriving at justified truth only when rationally controlled.  I have… Read more

The Responsibility Of Religious Leaders For The Ignorance Of Religious Laypeople

A teaser excerpt from Richard Dawkins’s upcoming defense of evolution is up online. His boldest claim—evolution deniers are as bad as Holocaust deniers. This book is necessary. I shall be using the name “historydeniers” for those people who deny evolution: who believe the world’s age is measured in thousands of years rather than thousands of millions of years, and who believe humans walked with dinosaurs.To repeat, they constitute more than 40 per cent of the American population. The equivalent figure… Read more

Unemployment Or Grad School?

When I started grad school in 2000, my stipend was almost half that average. But it’s hard to complain when you’re being paid to learn what you love, cultivate your mind, and prepare for (hopeful) entrance into an elite profession with eventual bullet proof job security and the possibility of working well into your later years without physical wear and tear. Just don’t get sick, unhired, or denied tenure.  Oh yeah—and be sure to finish the goddamn dissertation. Read more

Is The Koran Beyond Criticism Simply Because Muslims Exempt It From Criticism?

Author Sebastian Faulks recently made derogatory remarks about the Koran saying that it lacked an “ethical dimension” and that it did not stack up favorably to the Christian tradition (which is his own): “Jesus, unlike Muhammad, had interesting things to say. Muhammad had nothing to say to the world other than, ‘If you don’t believe in God you will burn for ever’. … It’s a depressing book. It really is. It’s just the rantings of a schizophrenic. It’s very one-dimensional,… Read more

An America Without Its Atheists?

How would it be different? (via GodlessBlogger) Atheists are so awesome.  Let’s watch another video!  One following up to comments on the previous one! (again via GodlessBlogger) Your Thoughts? Read more

Is The Idea Of “Nothing” Illusory?

I was thinking about the argument for the existence of God that hinges on the question of how something could come from nothing.  And I wondered, is nothing even an intelligible concept?  Everything we experience is something. We have a concept of zero since we can imagine there being zero of some particular thing either in existence presently or in a specific place.  But nowhere is there “nothing.”  In fact, nowhere is there “nowhere.”  Everywhere is somewhere.  Everything is something. … Read more

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