Martial Arts and Pseudoscience

Reader Demyx has recently begun taking martial arts classes and enjoys them… but there’s one problem: The problem is that they’re constantly talking about “chi energy” and other pseudoscience stuff. This really bothers me. I mean, martial arts has actual health benefits (at least in the sense that I’m getting some exercise, if nothing else) [Read More...]

Utah Planning to Eliminate Wacky Alcohol Laws, but Why Now?

Hello everyone, it’s Ron Gold here. Anyone living in Texas, Connecticut, Minnesota, or a handful of other states is probably aware that blue laws are still on the books in many areas. Blue laws, for those lucky enough not to be familiar with them (and who missed Trina Hoaks’ post on them last month), are [Read More...]

What Do You Dislike About the New Atheists?

Julian Baggini is the author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction so you would think he supports anyone who defends the idea of atheism. And you would be wrong. Baggini feels the whole New Atheism movement — and its proponents/authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens — is destructive. So in my [Read More...]

Should Atheists Use Religious Language When Describing Ourselves?

There was a nice article from the Associated Press yesterday that talked about Humanist “congregations”, focusing on Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein One part of the article raised a point about the words we use when describing our atheist communities: Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard University, is building a God-free model of community [Read More...]

We’re Bad at This Science Thing

We suck at Science. According to the national survey commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences: Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. Only 47% of adults [Read More...]


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