Charles Darwin’s Great-Great-Grandson Will Speak at New York City’s ‘Atheist Church’ on Sunday

If you’re in New York City, you may want to stop by the Sunday Assembly (a.k.a. “Atheist Church”) gathering tomorrow at Tobacco Road: The speaker will be Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson (and writer/director of The Ledge) Matthew Chapman:

American Atheists’ Amanda Knief will also address the “congregation.”

The event begins at 12:30p so you can sleep in if you’d like!

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Volcano Erupts at Camp Quest West Southern California

camp quest volcano show wide shot

Sunday night, just like last year, I had the privilege to donate another science presentation for the kids at Camp Quest West, Southern California. They are now using a larger facility still in the Angeles National Forest where stately Ponderosa Pines tower over handsome, well maintained cabins. There is plenty of wildlife, and wow, bringing my show equipment in from my truck, I came face-to-face with a beautiful and unexpectedly large deer.

I usually do these shows for a fee for libraries, schools, clubs, and gem and mineral shows, about 50 to a hundred performances each year, but Camp Quest has now become the repeating highlight of the year for me. Last year the topic was dinosaurs, and this time it was volcanoes, but the awesome power that evening was erupting from the kids, not from the Earth.

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Great Easter Egg on the Cover of Seattle’s The Stranger

Somehow, I missed this when The Stranger came out last week, but I couldn’t resist posting it (click image to enlarge):

Once you see it…

While you’re at it, Seth Mnookin has posted a chapter from his book The Panic Virus online, covering Jenny McCarthy‘s rise to prominence and her anti-vaccine beliefs.

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Houston Atheists Plan to Demonstrate During Creationist Home School Conference

The Texas Home School Coalition is hosting a conference On August 1-3, and Head Creationist Ken Ham will be one of the keynote speakers, preaching his lies to parents and children, like how our planet is only a few thousand years old, and how dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time, and how the Creation Museum is doing just great financially.

The Houston Atheists are planning to welcome Ham to their city their own way:

Houston Atheists will be there too, in a demonstration outside the convention, to promote the real science and to encourage convention attendees to find out what science really says — by researching for themselves the truth about the age of the universe and where we all came from, and by attending our event the following day, Answers In Science.

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The Sadistic Designer

You may have come across the argument before: How can you say there isn’t a God, when butterfly wings are so perfect, or the Earth is just right for us, or [insert awesome nature fact here]. This argument is typically presented as an “argument from incredulity” (“How else could everything possibly come to be?”) with a healthy dose of appeal to emotion (“But have you seen how perfect the hand of a newborn is?”)…

Here is the counter-argument, in video form, from the always excellent TheThinkingAtheist:

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