Anti-Superstition Activist M.M. Kalburgi Shot Outside His Home in India

On Sunday morning, 77-year-old M. M. Kalburgi, a notable Indian skeptic who had fought against superstition throughout his career, was shot dead in front of his home.

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Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks Has Died

Oliver Sacks, the 82-year-old neurologist and writer who announced his terminal cancer earlier this year, died this morning.

Sacks was an atheist and an honorary board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, though fighting religion was never his primary concern:

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Julian Bond, the Civil Rights Activist Who Died Over the Weekend, Wasn’t Religious

Over the weekend, we lost Julian Bond at age 75. He was a former chairman of the NAACP, elected many times over to the Georgia legislature, and a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was an icon of the civil rights movement.

I only realized after he died that he was an atheist, too:

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We Are Like Stones: The Beauty of Nihilism

We are mortal, yet we think we’re eternal. That often prevents us from making the most of our lives now.

Derek Muller takes that information and turns it into something surprisingly optimistic and beautiful:

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Three More Men Arrested for Murdering Atheist Bloggers in Bangladesh

Nearly two weeks ago, 40-year-old Niloy Neel (below), an organizer of Science and Rationalists’ Association of India, was brutally murdered by assailants in Bangladesh — they decapitated him in his home and cut his hands off. He’s the fourth atheist blogger to be killed in the country this year.

Following the arrest of two men last week in connection with Neel’s murder, another three have now been taken into custody by Bangladeshi police. All of them have been associated with the militant Ansarullah Bangla Team and the latest arrests are in conjunction with the deaths of Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das:

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