Cambridge’s new existential risk project, and other killer robot news

This past week seems to have been a really good week for the popular media noticing the very important coming threat of killer robots. This is in large part due to a bunch of media outlets noticing Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk–the notice on its website is dated April 2012, but a [Read More...]

Beta testing a book: Chapter 3: Why religious ideas are fair game

Yay for a very productive week! I now have a substantially revised version of chapter three of the book. It’s titled Why religious ideas are fair game. “In this chapter” and other notes below the fold: [Read more...]

Let Us All Unite! Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator” speech autotuned

This is just made of awesome: [Read more...]

Where did Christopher Hitchens say he doesn’t want to get rid of religion, because he likes arguing with believers too much?

I seem to be on a roll as far as getting work done on the book this week. Yesterday, I got a cleaned-up version of chapter 2 up, and I’m most of the way done with a revised version of chapter 3. One minor thing I’m stuck on: where did Christopher Hitchens say he doesn’t [Read More...]

Bill O’Reilly claims Christianity isn’t a religion


So a bunch of people around teh atheist interwebs have noticed a story about Bill O’Reilly claiming that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a philosophy. This is actually just a variation on a popular Christian meme, “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a personal relationship with God.” I also once heard a Muslim claim that Islam isn’t a religion, it’s [Read More...]

Best testing a book: Chapter 2: The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included)

I just got done cleaning up my draft of chapter two of the book. It’s called The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included). Summary below the fold: Richard Dawkins’ Big Bad Quote What do ordinary religious believers believe? The theologian who can’t tell you what he believes What is fundamentalism? Who’s really ignorant about theology? [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman reads the Pope’s new book

Last week, I explained why the Pope saying the date of Jesus’ birth is not news. Now, Bart Ehrman reads the book and says it “provides an intelligent, very pious, and not very critical pastoral and soothing interpretation of the accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.” The details are pretty much what I [Read More...]

Getting up to speed on my science (with reading recommendations!)

Update 12/2/2012: I’ve decided I’m going to be periodically updating this post. All updates (except this one) will be placed at the bottom of the post. [Read more...]

Islam and racism

This is another post written for the book, written to be an immediate follow-up to this post. Feedback on these posts is always appreciated, but this one especially show. [Read more...]