It’s All A Lie.

A funny satirical short video comments on the ways people frame their lives as better than they are on social media. [Read more...]

From Batman to Birdman…

25 years ago today (I will always remember the date), I had one of my happiest filmgoing experiences from my childhood as I saw Tim Burton’s Batman on the day of its release. I remember spending that whole summer at camp with everyone wearing the Batman logo ubiquitously used to market the film and kids [Read More...]

John Oliver Brings Hilarious Skeptical Education

John Oliver is doing a spectacular job in his show of mainstreaming the sorts of critical analyses that you often have to turn to the scientific community or the skeptics community for. He’s hilarious and entertaining and educative. I was never a huge fan of his before but I am very grateful for the way [Read More...]

Camels With Hammers Turns 5 Years Old Today!

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Warning: This is a personal post, so only read it if you’re interested in me and my navel gazing and victory lapping about my own life. No complaining if you read on and don’t like either of these things. You were warned! June 23, 2009 was the beginning of the Camels With Hammers era of my life. [Read More...]

The Worst Arguments Atheists Make

This past week I appeared on The Scathing Atheist podcast. I was asked to talk about the worst arguments atheists make. My 17 minute segment on the worst arguments atheists make starts at 23:09 of this link. I had a blast chatting with Noah. Noah had me in stitches in the longer conversation before and [Read More...]

Weird Al’s Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye Rap Battle

As a huge “Weird Al” fan from back in the day, I kind of have to post this. It’s not Al’s best work. But I would say it is a unique mixture of hilarious, terrible, and hilariously terrible. There’s a whole YouTube channel of these “epic rap battles from history”. You can watch them all [Read More...]

7 Anti-GMO Myths Debunked

My good friend Stephanie Guttormson has a new YouTube channel called ThinkStephtically. Below is her first major video, a really good and accessible response to anti-GMO concerns. (And you can watch an introduction to the channel here.) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Mutual Kindness As The Key To A Successful Relationship

Emily Esfahani Smith has a really interesting article in The Atlantic about Ty Tashiro’s recently published book The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love. Contrasting the “masters” of love with the “disasters” in love, she summarizes research covered in the book in which newlywed couples are observed in how [Read More...]

How To Criticize Religion: Understand Religions in their Contexts

Below is a previously unpublished installment of my “How To Criticize Religion” series. This article is new. This article is self-sufficient. No knowledge of posts 1, 2, or 3 in the series is required to follow this post. Religions never exist in a vacuum. Whether they lead to good, evil, or neutral results in the world, religions evolve through complex interactions [Read More...]

Moral and Philosophical Arguments Against Fetal Personhood

In preparation for a forthcoming article on attempts by right wing activists and legislatures to pass “fetal personhood amendments” that would outlaw abortion or limit abortion rights, Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, interviewed me about a number of philosophical issues related to the [Read More...]


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