Thanks to Los Angeles Readers

I wanted to write a quick post to thank all the Daylight Atheism readers who were able to attend yesterday's meetup in Pasadena. We got a great crowd together, and it was a thrilling experience to meet you all and to finally be able to match names with faces, and I'm greatly appreciative for the warmth, good company, and great conversation. (Plus, assembling at the restaurant and splitting the check turned out to be ridiculously easy. Who ever said that organizing atheists was like herding … [Read more...]

Christian Troll Masquerades as Racist Atheist

Over the past two weeks, an individual calling himself Steve Leone has attempted to leave about half a dozen variations of the following comment on my thread about the "miracle" of Fatima:"Oh yeah? Well, how did three illiterate Portuguese peasant children know that some strange atmospheric phenomenon was going to appear in the sky over Fatima at the exact date and time they predicted? Answer that, you smarty-pants atheists!"Here's an entirely typical example from my moderation … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Los Angeles Meetup

For all DA readers in the Los Angeles area (if any):Three weeks from now, on the weekend of September 5, I'm going to be in California to attend a friend's wedding. The weekend is booked solid, but my flight back to New York leaves from Los Angeles on Tuesday the 8th, and I'll have that Monday free.So, do I have any readers in or near L.A. who'll be around on Labor Day and are interested in meeting up? It would probably be later in the day, around dinnertime. If you'll be available and are … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: An Arundel Tomb

Today's edition of Poetry Sunday features a return of the English poet and novelist Philip Larkin. Born in Coventry in 1922, Larkin received a degree in literature from Oxford in 1943. Though he worked for most of his life as a librarian at the University of Hull, he was well-known and widely acclaimed for his poetry and his work as a literary reviewer and jazz critic. He received numerous awards for his writing in his lifetime, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, the German Shakespeare … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Tor House

This month's Poetry Sunday features another poem by Robinson Jeffers, an American poet of the early twentieth century. Born 1887 in Pennsylvania, Jeffers was the son of a Presbyterian minister who taught his son Latin and Greek. Nevertheless, Jeffers did not follow in his father's footsteps. Rather than theology, he became enthralled at a young age with the natural world, and became an avid outdoorsman and follower of scientific discoveries in biology, astronomy, and other areas.Jeffers … [Read more...]

Send a Blogger to Antarctica

I was asked in e-mail to pass along news of this contest, which some Daylight Atheism readers may be interested in.Quark Expeditions is sponsoring a "Blog Your Way to Antarctica" contest. Anyone can submit a 300-word essay explaining why they should be the one to join a voyage to Antarctica scheduled for February 2010, and the entrant who gets the most votes will become the trip's official blogger and will post daily updates about their experience.Here's the list of current entrants. (There … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Evening Without Angels

In a comment on April's Poetry Sunday, Eric suggested another post featuring Wallace Stevens. I wanted to reprint Wilfred Owen's poem last month in honor of Memorial Day, but I'm always open to requests.Today's post, like my previous selection from Stevens, highlights the poet's naturalistic, humanist views. According to Alan D. Perlis' book Wallace Stevens: A World of Transforming Shapes, this poem "eliminates angels from this world only to elevate the human soul to an angelic … [Read more...]

Winner of the 2009 3QD Science Prize

I'm thrilled to announce that 3 Quarks Daily has officially chosen the winners of their 2009 Science Prize, and their first-place award, the Top Quark, has gone to Daylight Atheism!Here's what 3QD's celebrity judge, Professor Steven Pinker, had to say:Daylight Atheism’s Bands of Iron is my top pick. He starts with an something that attracts your attention purely on aesthetic grounds – stripes in a rock. He invokes it with deep, non-obvious, yet understandable principles, at the same tim … [Read more...]

Finalist in the 3QD Science Prize

This post is purely to brag: the editors of the blog 3 Quarks Daily have selected the seven finalists for their 2009 Science Prize, and Daylight Atheism is among them!My post "Bands of Iron" is one of the seven that will be sent to 3QD's celebrity judge, Steven Pinker, who will pick the ultimate winner in one week's time. Whether I win or not, it's an honor to have made it this far out of so many initial competitors. My deepest thanks, again, to everyone who voted for me! I'll be sure to keep … [Read more...]

Introducing a New Guest Author

Tomorrow, a new guest author will be making her debut on Daylight Atheism. I'm particularly proud of being able to feature her work here, and once I've introduced her, I hope you'll see why.I first heard of Sarah Braasch through the Freedom from Religion Foundation, where she worked as a legal intern, after coming across two outstanding essays of hers in Freethought Today: The Real Religious Terrorism, about her upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness and how she broke away, and Moroccan Feminine … [Read more...]


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