Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 20: TAM2014: Steven Novella and Jon Armstrong

Our latest podcast guests are Skeptics Guide to the Universe host and neuroscientist Steven Novella and magician Jon Armstrong

Jessica sat down with them to talk about skepticism and the brain, our faulty memories, and how the placebo effect is not what you may think.

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An Atheist Just Delivered a Secular Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama

Just a little while ago, Kelly McCauley, an atheist and member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, delivered the first-ever secular invocation in front of the Huntsville City Council in Alabama. I’m still waiting for video, but a rough transcript of his speech is below: Dearly Beloved, When the ancients considered the values that were [Read More…]

The Good News is That Fewer Americans Than Ever Before Want Daily Prayer in Public Schools…

… The bad news is that 61% of Americans still want daily prayer in public schools.

That’s according to a new poll from Gallup:

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How Did This Christian Monument in Front of a Georgia High School Get There in the First Place?

If you were to visit the newly-renovated Madison County High School in Danielsville, Georgia, you’ll inevitably come across a monument on school grounds… full of references to the Christian God:

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On Being An “Accommodatheist”: A Response to Jerry Coyne

This is a guest post written by Steve Neumann. Neumann is a writer, teacher, and philosophile.

We know that crows are very smart birds. And we know that they need to eat to survive, obviously. But when a crow plucks a helpless chick from a robin’s nest and carries it away as lunch, we condemn him for doing so — we feel repulsed. However, when a crow figures out that dropping heavy cubes into a narrow jar raises the level of water inside so he can get a worm to eat, we praise him and call him a genius — we even admire him.

For me, the New Atheism in America has become like that first crow, going after the easiest prey. That’s why I recently wrote an article for Salon called “Cut it out, atheists! Why it’s time to stop behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins.” In it, I issue what I call “The Atheist Positivity Challenge,” the purpose of which is to “draw attention to two things: The fact that gloating about the lunacy and misdeeds of specific Christians is not only unnecessary, but probably counterproductive; and the need to rehabilitate the reputation of atheism in America.”

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