Federal Government Wastes $666,000 To Study the Effectiveness of Praying Away AIDS

Last month, the Chicago Tribune released a review of the National Institute of Health’s allocation of research funds. The results are equally infuriating and disheartening. Among other dubious, implausible propositions, NIH funded research of whether distant prayer can remedy the symptoms of AIDS. I’m sure I don’t need to tell my more astute readers what [Read More…]

Why Reading Fiction Should Matter to Atheists

Unlike most of the stories I hear around the atheist blogosphere, my deconversion from Christianity had little to do with my understanding or appreciation of science and scientific pursuits; at its core, it was more about a personal journey through logic and reason, an inward reflection of the logical inconsistencies I observed throughout my years [Read More…]

A Food Bank Indirectly Tells People to Stop Praying About Hunger and Give Them Donations Instead

So here’s what I *think* happened with the Alameda County Community Food Bank (in California). They’re not an atheist group by any means. But even they must know that praying to alleviate hunger isn’t helpful to anyone. Starving people don’t need your god’s help. They need something to eat. But the food bank, unlike all [Read More…]

Carl Zimmer Profiles Neil deGrasse Tyson

Carl Zimmer wrote a wonderful profile of Neil deGrasse Tyson for the January edition of Playboy… but in case you don’t get that, there’s a perfectly SFW version of the piece here A short excerpt: For most of the people huddling on the ground, tonight is the first time they’ve spent such an extended period [Read More…]

If the Anti-Evolution New Hampshire Politicians Were Honest, They’d Just Say This

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