Bruce Gleason of the Backyard Skeptics has found that when he wears atheist-themed shirts in public, far from what we might expect, he gets far more positive reactions than negatives ones:
Last month, the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious group on microlending website Kiva hit a major milestone, having loaned out over $10,000,000.
Now, they’re about to hit another milestone:
Remember learning FOIL in Algebra? Ask any post-Algebra math teacher what they think about FOIL and they’ll begin foaming at the mouth. It’s an annoying-at-best mnemonic because it only works for one specific kind of problem… and when the problems get more challenging, FOIL no longer applies (and students don’t know what to do).
The lesson here is simple: Catch phrases or clever sayings can be helpful, but they don’t replace actual, conceptual understanding. (I use them as infrequently as possible in my own teaching now.)
Ken Ham hasn’t figured that out yet. In fact, he’s proud of himself for indoctrinating children using Creation-specific catch phrases:
Alix Jules is one of those atheists whose resume of leadership positions is long. He’s the director of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas, Chair of the Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason Diversity Council, and President of the Black Nonbelievers of Dallas.
At a recent gathering for Houston Oasis, Jules spoke about “religion in the black community and the history of black freethinkers in the secular movement.” Incredibly important topic and he’s an ideal person to deliver a talk on it: [Read more...]