Archives for March 2012

Instead of “New Atheism,” how about popular atheism?

I should have included this in yesterday’s post, but here’s an idea: instead of the inaccurate term “New Atheism,” or the in-jokey “Gnu Atheism,” how about “popular atheism”? [Read more…]

Republican wants to impeach Obama over Libya

From Balloon Juice: [Read more…]

The term “New Atheism” is a lie

After reading this comment on yesterday’s post on Ed Feser’s remarks about the Reason Rally, I decided I’ve heard the phrase “New Atheists” one too many times, especially when there’s an explicit contrast between the “New Atheists” and those better atheists out there. Let me tell you something: the label is a lie. When people [Read More…]

Greta’s book is out!

Greta Christina’s book¬†Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Thing That Piss Off the Godless is now available on Kindle. I’ve read a draft, so I have a bunch of thoughts on it, but right now I’m too excited to write a real review. So go check it out! [Read more…]

Ed Feser on the Reason Rally

Ed Feser has a post up denouncing the Reason Rally on the grounds that it is a mass gathering and all mass gatherings are bad. Among other things, Feser wonders if there will be a “Two Minutes Hate” at the rally. I am suddenly eagerly looking forward to his denunciation of the next Catholic World [Read More…]

The problem with Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comments

Over at the Center for Inquiry’s blog, Ben Radford decided to use the Rush Limbaugh “slut” incident to tell skeptics not to be dicks. There are so many things wrong with this article, but I’m going to start by saying what I think was wrong with Limbaugh’s comments, so I can then explain where Radford’s [Read More…]

I have officially stopped cleaning out my spam filter

When I started this blog, I initially tried to check the comment spam filter semi-regularly to see if legitimate comments were getting blocked. A few were, and I hit “not spam” on them. But as I type this, I now have 1,029 comments in the spam filter, and there’s no way I’m going to find [Read More…]

Feeling good vs. doing good

Via Coquette, on Koch 2012: [Read more…]


Gregg Easterbrook’s The Progress Paradox and Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature are two books both about how much better life has gotten, relative to how it used to be. But they treat the word “utopia” in very different ways. First, Pinker: [Read more…]