The Protagonist in This New Graphic Novel is Trying to Evade His Religious Siblings

Eric Adams has written a lengthy graphic novel that might interest readers of this site. It’s called Lackluster World and he’s raising money for it on Kickstarter:



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Finnish Band Nightwish Releases Latest Single, Featuring Narration by Richard Dawkins

The Finland-based symphonic metal band Nightwish is about to release their new album, drawing inspiration from the natural world and the work of Richard Dawkins. (In fact, Dawkins appears on the album as a narrator for two of the songs.)

I posted the first single last month. Today, they released their latest single (audio only), “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” and it’s one of the songs featuring Dawkins (albeit briefly):



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Five Scientists Are Immortalized In Stained-Glass Art

I guess this means there’ll be more ribbing from believers trying to argue that atheism is just another faith.

In celebration of this year’s Pi DayShutterstock commissioned five stained-glass lithographs from artist Aaron Coleman for some of science’s most renowned names (using Shutterstock assets of course).

Feast your eyes:



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What ISIS Teaches Us About the Value of Arts and Humanities

The U.S., on the whole, embraces economic progress and relentless production to such an extent that art and humanities are seen as “nice to have,” rather than necessities.

Sarah Skwire, in a short, smart piece for (of all things) the Foundation for Economic Education, presents ISIS’ heartbreaking destruction of Assyrian museum pieces as a solid argument in favor of the two embattled academic disciplines.

There is a long history of fundamentalist Islamic groups destroying cultural treasures. The Buddhas of Bamiyan. The “end of the world” gate in the ancient city of Timbuktu. Over 95 percent of ancient Mecca. Countless thousands of ancient manuscripts. [Links added by TF.] Groups from ISIS to the Taliban to Wahabist Saudi clerics have made it clear: everything must be obliterated.

They claim, of course, that these things must be destroyed because they are idolatrous in themselves or might inspire idolatrous thinking in others. But I think it is far more likely that ISIS wants them destroyed because these objects prove the falseness of their version of history.



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This Finnish Band Just Released a Stunning Music Video Drawing Inspiration from the Work of Richard Dawkins

The Finland-based symphonic metal band Nightwish is about to release their new album, drawing inspiration from the natural world and the work of Richard Dawkins. (In fact, Dawkins appears on the album as a narrator for two of the songs.)

You can see the first single from the album, “Élan,” below. Gotta say, I’d never heard of the band before, but the video and music are just incredible:



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