Atheists Make Efforts To Organize

Rather exciting stuff: Some are adopting rituals themselves, from de-baptisms to wedding ceremonies, as a way to cement ties among members. Others are organizing science-related outings or enrolling in community-service programs. Nationwide, atheists’ groups are now treading, sometimes gingerly, into unfamiliar territory. “This is the transition moment right now,” says Dale McGowan, author of “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion.” “Some groups are really diving in [to foster a robust sense of community], and some of… Read more

A New Common Ancestor Found

They say it’s a lemur-like creature from 47 million years ago: Read more

James Randi Exposing Healing Frauds

James Randi, the former magician known as The Amazing Randi, in the ’80s went on Johnny Carson with some staggering footage and insight into how religious charlatans were faking miracles and swindling people.  This video shows a portion of what they uncovered. Read more

A Statistical Case For Atheist Ethics

Your Thoughts? Read more

The Family

Atheist Revolution sums up some of the facts about this mysterious, theocratic power player in Washington as covered by Bruce Wilson: Here are some details about the group worth knowing: The Family is the oldest conservative Christian organization in Washington D.C. The Family runs (but does not own) the notorious “C Street House” as a church to provide assorted politicians with inexpensive living space, Christian bible study, and “spiritual counseling.” “C Street House” is owned by an organization, Youth With… Read more

Jerry Falwell’s “Spiritual Mathematics”

Daniel Florian puts it best: He calls it “spiritual mathematics.”I call it money-grubbing superstitious bullshit. Read more

Lisa Hannigan Nominated For Mercury Prize!

Her album Sea Sew is among my very favorites and so I hope she wins! Read more

Suderman: Singer Right About Rationing, Wrong About Who Should Do It

Suderman contra Singer: Governments that determine treatments using the QALY assign a dollar value to a year of perfect health (in Britain, it’s about $50,000 a year) and then generally reject treatments that don’t provide enough value. This means, among other things, that expensive treatments for older individuals are less likely to be funded. From a rational economic standpoint, spending, say, $200,000 to save the life of a 78-year-old only expected to live three more years really is less efficient… Read more

The Virus Spreads Even Further Into The System

Rick Astley is now taking over the greatest songs of all time… Read more

Epistemic Luck?

James Garvey has some thoughts about an astute observation from Pascal: ‘Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.’ I tripped over that from Pascal after breakfast and had to think about it all morning.  There’s a lot written about moral luck — a philosophical industry owed to Williams and Nagel.  We think we should morally evaluate people only on the basis of what is within their control, but in fact we… Read more

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