Aaron Jentzen, “Great Inventors” and “Magnetic West”

I wholeheartedly recommend you go to Aaron Jentzen’s reverbnation page by clicking here if you love “elegaic baritone” (as his webpage puts it).  He reminds me of everything I love about Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, and Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National).  And similar as his voice is in general style to these guys’ [Read More...]

Lenin, Mao, and the Enlightenment

Andrew Stuttaford debunks John Gray’s charges that Mao and Lenin were “disciples of an Enlightenment ideology”. First Gray: Equating fundamentalism with terrorism is loose thinking, but the biggest drawback is the loss of historical memory that making the parallel entails. Much of the state terror in the past century was secular, not religious. Lenin and [Read More...]

The First “‘Nuff Said” Award

I love posters who disagree with me and through doing so open up whole new questions and angles to pursue, so everybody please keep your thoughtful and insightful challenges and contrasting opinions rolling in in the comments section. But every now and then there’s a different delight reading your comments and that’s the one that [Read More...]

In Praise Of Public Schooling

In reply to this post in which I contrasted my experience as an Evangelical in public high school in the secular northeast to a midwestern girl’s struggles to be an atheist in high school in the midwest, Dave Smith, Camels With Hammers’ trusty webmaster and blogger, writes: Maybe, as you mentioned, it was because I [Read More...]

The Coming Clash At The Creationist Museum

On August 7, biologist, anti-creationist, activist atheist and blogger-extraordinaire PZ Myers will be headlining a massive convergence of secular evolutionist atheists (including a large contingent from the Secular Student Alliance) upon Ken Ham’s infamous “Creation Museum”. Myers and the Secular Student Alliance have been promoting participation in the big visit for weeks and yesterday, Myers [Read More...]

Psychotic Reasoning, The Will To Believe, And Religious Interpretations Of The Mentally Ill

Yesterday morning, The Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta analyzed stories of mothers who murdered their babies under religiously interpreted delusions with a critical eye towards the religions which put certain fantasies in their heads.  In reply to criticisms of his making this connection that came from skeptigirl (in this terrific post on psychosis you should read), [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Brain Surgery

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Sam Harris’s Case Against Collins

President Obama’s recent choice to head the National Institutes of Health was Francis Collins who was both head of the human genome project and is an outspoken proponent of the complementarity of religion and science.  Here are some of  Sam Harris’s objections to his nomination: Why should Dr. Collins’s beliefs be of concern? There is [Read More...]

Homeless Man Leaves Behind $4 Million Estate

Via BlagHag comes a really cool story, check out the whole thing: An article in the online newsletter of a Catholic mission in Phoenix revealed that Walters died two years ago at the age of 76. He left an estate worth about $4 million. Along with the money he left for NPR, Walters also left [Read More...]


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