The Epistemological and Metaphysical Case Against Obama’s Birth Certificate

Heretical Ideas just rocked my world: It might seem, to the average person, that the “Birthers” must have a tough time proving their case. After all, Barack Obama has released his Certification of Live Birth (pictured above), which meets all the requirements for proving one’s citizenship to the State Department. The authenticity of the certificate has been verified by Hawaii state government. Moreover, Barack Obama’s birth announcement was found in two newspapers at the time, and such notices were provided… Read more

Illusionist Derren Brown Explains The Techniques Of Self-Proclaimed Psychics

6 parts, start here: Your Thoughts? Read more

Absurdities And Atrocities

This story is beyond horrific: The scene was so gruesome investigators could barely speak: A 3 1/2-week-old boy lay dismembered in the bedroom of a single-story house, three of his tiny toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed and his brains ripped out. Officers called to the home early Sunday found the boy’s mother, Otty Sanchez, sitting on the couch with a self-inflicted wound to her chest and her throat partially slashed, screaming “I killed my baby!… Read more

Are Atheists An Oppressed Minority?

Having gone to high school as a devout Evangelical Christian in a public high school on Long Island, this video is somewhat surreal to me.  A world where everybody prays and atheists are shunned and harrassed?  I would never have believed it in high school.  But the truth is that both committed religious people and convinced atheists share something in common—the majority in the middle has little use or sympathy for (and not to mention a lot of suspicion of)… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity On Jonah And The Whale

Brand new Mr. Deity: Your Thoughts? Read more

Lykke Li Lo-fi

Her debut album is amazing, one of my very favorites of the last several hundred I’ve bought.  Her phrasing and her charisma are superb.  Here’s a taste of her style performed with that authentic lo-fi bathroom sound… Read more

Empirically Testing Theological Claims

PZ Myers recaps some of the highlights of what he found to be a frustratingly insubstantial discussion between historian of science Ron Numbers and creationist Paul Nelson.  Myers writes: His example was to talk about the argument from imperfections, the fact that many of the points Coyne made as evidence of evolution were from sub-optimal adaptations, or historical relics. Nelson has made this argument many times before; he says that it is an attempt to judge what a rational god… Read more

A Pro-Nazi Museum In Germany?

Well this is disquieting news… Jürgen Rieger, the vice-president of the party that seeks to ban all immigration and sever all ties with the EU, has submitted plans to authorities in Wolfsburg – home to car giant Volkswagen – for the museum intended to “show the people what this organisation did and what it meant”. Ralf Schmidt, a spokesman for the city, said: “We will use every legal means at our disposal to stop this from becoming a reality.” Because… Read more

Is This Fraud Or An Objective Call To Democratic Vote?

Fans of transparency in petitions and of political conflict, enjoy and weigh in! The Gay Atheist explains Driving Equality has released the full footage of the anti-gay signature fraud. Including a nice conversation with the man collecting the signatures where he explains his personal belief that being gay is not a choice and that gay couples deserve equal rights. Your Thoughts? Read more

When (And How) Should We Bother To Push The Issues?

Njustus offers a probing challenge to my recent post in which I defend Daniel Dennett’s argument that atheists should stand up for atheism rather than take the attitude that the religious beliefs that they do not share are good for their neighbors and should be encouraged.  I argued that Dennett’s position is not “ideologically narrow” but is simply equivalent to a political partisan, say a Democrat, demanding that his fellow Democrats not take the attitude that their neighbors are better… Read more

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