Bill Nye Explains Our Brains (in the Internet Age) Through Emoji

After explaining evolution and holograms with emoji, Bill Nye is back to tell us about our brains in the age of the Internet:



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I’ll Be Speaking in Chicago and Anchorage This Week

I’ll be giving two public talks in the coming week… and then not leaving my house again for anything atheism-related until my future child turns 18 (or something like that).

The first event is in the western suburbs of Chicago:

When: Tuesday, September 15
Where: The DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, Naperville, IL
Time: 6:30p-10:00p (The first hour is a pizza social; the talk begins at 7:30p)
Cost: Free, though there is an $8.00 suggested donation

If you’d like to come, please RSVP here. The event is sponsored by the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter.

Then, this weekend, I’ll be in Anchorage, Alaska.



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Attendees at Atheist Conference Packaged and Delivered More Than 30,000 Meals for the Hungry

Now this is pretty damn awesome.

At the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference (PAStAHcon) this weekend, in addition to the usual lectures, the organizers held a special event where volunteers could pack food for the hungry.

They raised more than $7,500 for the cause and ultimately boxed up more than 30,000 meals:



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Georgia School District Admits Wrongdoing Over Mass Baptism Before Football Practice

A couple of weeks ago, First Baptist Villa Rica (a church in Georgia) posted a video of a pastor showing up at Villa Rica High School right before football practice in order to conduct a mass baptism that included players and a coach.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Carroll County School System and the District said it would investigate the situation.

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The United Church of Bacon Has Tripled in Membership… Whatever That Means

I’ve had my disagreements with the United Church of Bacon, but I generally find parody religions amusing. (See: Oliver, John.)

What I don’t understand are the media reports that are touting “membership” in the church at 12,000 and counting — tripling in the span of a few months.

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