Goodbye, Roger

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SkepTech Conference This Weekend

A quick note that I’ll be at SkepTech conference at University of Minnesota: Twin Cities this weekend! It’s free, the focus will be on the intersection of technology and skepticism and innovation and critical thinking, and the lineup is pretty damn impressive.

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When Families Argue Over Religion…

I’ve never had this sort of conversation with my parents… mostly because we don’t discuss religion anymore. I don’t know if silence is better than an ongoing, constantly-frustrating dialogue that at least has a chance of persuading them I might have a point about this whole religion thing, but it may be the best I can hope for:

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Republican-Sponsored Legislation to Establish a State Religion in North Carolina Has Been Indefinitely Tabled

Just days after two North Carolina Republican legislators (Rep. Harry Warren and Rep. Carl Ford) filed a bill that would establish an “official religion” (thereby letting the Rowan County Board of Commissioners open their meetings with specifically-Christian prayers), the Speaker of the House’s office is reporting that the bill will thankfully not be voted on:

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Roger Ebert: ‘There is Nothing on the Other Side of Death to Fear’

Roger Ebert passed away today at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. I can’t begin to express how disappointed I was to hear the news… besides being a hometown legend, he was someone whose perspective I only began to appreciate a few years ago when he began writing essays on his website. After that, I wouldn’t watch a movie without following it up by seeing what Ebert had written about it.

Ebert grew up a Roman Catholic — he was even an altar boy — but he later stopped believing in God. Still, he never used the label “atheist” to describe himself:

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