Don’t Be That Open-Minded

To paraphrase the old saying: It’s good to be open-minded, but don’t be so open-minded that your brain falls out. QualiaSoup explains this well: (via Atheist Media Blog) [Read more...]

Are You Qualified to Teach Abstinence-Only Sex-Education?

This is troubling. On a couple levels. Stacie Murphy, a policy associate at Population Connection, decided to take an online test to become a “Certified Abstinence Educator.” I have no medical background, no public health training and no teaching certification, but according to the Abstinence Clearinghouse I am now qualified to go into schools across [Read More...]

Powell’s Books’ Atheism Section

This is pretty cool. Powell’s Books, an independent bookstore much smaller than any Barnes & Noble or Borders, has quite the impressive section on atheism — at least at this store in Portland: There are books there I’ve never even heard of… A Second Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism on the bottom shelf?! Who knew [Read More...]

Brights Describe Their Brightness and Notions of a Naturalistic Worldview

A while back, I taped an interview for The Brights’ Net. That interview became part of a set of videos explaining the Brights movement. Those videos are finally up and my company in them includes Daniel Dennett and Margaret Downey! The purpose of the videos is to explain our notions of a naturalistic (as opposed [Read More...]

This Little Girl Knows a Lot About Islam…

I don’t think that all forms of parents teaching their children about their faith should be considered brainwashing. But watch this video and then try saying that religion is harmless: What she’s doing isn’t too bad in and of itself. I doubt she knows what she’s talking about; rather, she’s just repeating what she’s been [Read More...]