If Science Teachers Want to Help Students, They Won’t Teach the Controversy When It Doesn’t Exist

I’ve said on this site and in public talks that my job as a math teacher is relatively easy compared to science teachers. No parent ever calls me up to complain about the truth of the Quadratic Formula. No students are challenging me on the Pythagorean Theorem.

But science teachers who actually know what they’re doing have to put up with arguments from the ignorant. They deal with students and parents who are, simply put, anti-science — people who oppose science because they see it conflicting with their religious beliefs… [Read more...]

When Irrational Ideas Collide…

Crispian Jago, as he always does, offers this fantastic visual:

I’ve never seen a more perfect Venn Diagram center. [Read more...]

Helping out a Fellow Atheist

When I was on the board of the Secular Student Alliance, one of my fellow board members was Neil Polzin. Great guy, great activist. He got married in 2011 and everything appeared to be going pretty well for them. But earlier this month, his wife Lauren was a victim of a tragic explosion at her workplace… [Read more...]

Atheists Chime in on Alcoholics Anonymous

To add to the current thread:

Frank B. writes at the Rationalist Association that even the godless can be saved: [Read more...]

Atheist Character on ‘Cougar Town’ Pretends to Pray to Show Girlfriend He Cares

On the most recent episode of “Cougar Town” (TBS), the character Grayson Ellis (who’s dating Courteney Cox‘s character Jules Cobb) comes out as an atheist. You can see it around the 3:20 mark below:

Not a bad start. A likable atheist character. A conflict of faith. An interesting storyline… unfortunately, the conflict doesn’t really go anywhere from there. It just devolves into pointless drivel… [Read more...]