Bestselling author, journalist and neurologist, Oliver Sacks has died

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Dr. Oliver Sacks, one of the most inspirational and profound writers of our time has died at the age of 82 after a terminal cancer diagnoses.Sack's writing has been an influence on not only my writing but just about every writer I know today and his contributions to our world will be forever missed.As an honorary board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Sacks was a vocal secularist, but a quiet atheist. Saying: I’m a sort of quiet, old, Jewish atheist. I’m not a militant ath … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins talks about aliens and evolution in recent interview

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A Friend of the Danthropology blog and host of The Thinking Atheist podcast, Seth Andrews sat down with Richard Dawkins and the two discussed aliens, evolution and whether or not children are born scientists.The interview was conducted in Vancouver, Canada at the Imagine No Religion Conference. … [Read more...]

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Camille Paglia calls Richard Dawkins ‘adolescent’ while praising Donald Trump

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When reading an article that maligns atheists, you can almost be assured it is under the Salon.com banner and is based on strawmen and intellectual dishonesty.Well, this could not be more true for their new interview with Camille Paglia, a pseudo-leftist "social critic" who sounds more like a female version of Donald Trump. Throughout the interview, Paglia seems to fail in proving she is the academic she markets herself as. Even worse, she seems to think she is of any cultural relevance. For … [Read more...]

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A creationist is suing Richard Dawkins for $58 million claiming he was called stupid

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In what might be one of the strangest lawsuits of the year, author and creationist Karl L. Dahlstrom, is suing evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins for $58 million in damages claiming that in 1989 Dawkins called him "stupid" for not believing in evolution.As reported by Friendly Atheist, the source of the complaint comes from a 1989 book review Dawkins wrote for the New York Times in which he said that “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to beli … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham says Richard Dawkins is not an atheist because the Bible says so

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Ken Ham is convinced atheists do not exist. Mostly because the Bible claims they don't and secondly because Richard Dawkins is an honest person who says he does not know what happens after we die. He originally published this article in 2014 but is trying to revive it again and sharing it endlessly on Twitter. "There are no atheists. But wait, you say, don’t people like Richard Dawkins and many of his followers claim they are atheists? Don’t we call the new breed of activist atheists “The New At … [Read more...]

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Monster on Sunday produce a delicious metal album

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 Monster On Sunday's album, "Baby Eater" with a release date of August 7, has hints of all the greats that I listened to growing up. Remember all those scenes from "Wayne's World" when they go to the metal clubs and head bang? When your older sibling drove you to a friends' house and blasted the album your parents thought they confiscated because it was "Satan's music"? Or even the slow dances in junior high where they played the rockin' slow jams?Maybe that's just me. But, at … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins says Deepak Chopra style spiritualism is worse than religion

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Speaking at the Skeptic Society's Conference at Caltech last week, biologist and author Richard Dawkins was asked about the recent Pew Research poll which saw a rise in religiously unaffiliated adults (also known as "nones") which increased by around 19 million people since 2007.“That’s 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults of all ages,” Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer noted. “That’s more than Protestants or Catholics. Are we winning?”“Well, that’s very good news,” Dawkins … [Read more...]

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10 myths about atheists that just won’t go away

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One of the world's most misunderstood demographics is atheists. Accused of satanic worship or totally lacking a moral compass, many people's misconceptions lead people to think atheists are bad people and sadly leaves people scared and wary of atheists. American’s especially do not trust atheists have ranked them as one of the most hated “religious demographics” in the country.Most of the misconceptions about atheists and atheism center around a small group of myths and misunderstandings abou … [Read more...]

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Watch & Discuss: Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers here

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Below is a full video stream of last nights CNN special, Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers.What did you think? Who was over or under represented?I sadly noticed a lack of minority and female atheists and would have liked to have seen less about ex-clergy and more about the average atheist family living in rural parts of the country in which they are outsiders. … [Read more...]

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Tribalism is not just a New Atheist (or religious) problem

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I have been questioning how I classify myself, lately, because of things like the "New Atheists are toxic" idea (or at least their Reddit page is) according to the study I talked about yesterday. Among those who talked about it, and the CNN special that aired last night about atheism, the idea of "tribalism" among New Atheists also surfaced.Peter Mosely talked about an article, by another atheist, that used the term, and a Free Thought Blog entry by Jason Thibeault also discussed this idea. … [Read more...]

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