Angry Atheists chapter 7: Science And Religion I: Investigating the Supernatural

This chapter still has some things I want to explain in more detail, but I feel much better about it than I did yesterday. Tell me what you think! [Read more...]

Okay, I’m suddenly convinced the skeptics’ movement should get involved on recreational drugs

Greta and Natalie have written arguing that the skeptics’ movement should get involved on the issue of recreational drugs. I’ve been sort of ambivalent about that, but no longer: [Read more...]

Dissolving the problem of induction

Hmmm… okay, I confess I rather liked this excerpt from chapter 6. This last section is going to be one of the most difficult in the book so far, but it’s going to deal with a famous philosophical idea that often comes up in debates about religion, the so-called “problem of induction.” As it’s often [Read More...]

From the archives: Review of Craig Keener’s Miracles

I really, really, wanted to give you all a new book chapter draft today, but I’m having even worse trouble in that department than usual, so I’m going to let some schedule slip occur. For now, enjoy one of the main things I’m trying to rework to create the chapter, my review of Craig Keener’s [Read More...]

Plausible-sounding criticism of Randi’s One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge?

I’m currently working on a chapter for the book on how supernatural claims can be scientifically investigated. I’m including a few paragraphs on James Randi and his One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge (link is to Wikipedia). For obvious reasons, it would be nice to include a brief response to some criticisms of the challenge, but [Read More...]

LessWrong and cryonics

Since I occasionally mention LessWrong and Eliezer Yudkowsky in favorable ways, I get questions about them from people who are suspicious. One thing that makes people suspicious is apparent high levels of enthusiasm for cryonics, which Quackwatch has labeled quackery, in part reasoning that we know brain cells deteriorate within minutes after death. [Read more...]

Most Americans don’t know the Bible very well

Reading the comments on this post, one thing occurred to me: the people with Libby Anne’s background can’t possibly be a very large portion of the US population, because surveys have consistently shown that most Americans just don’t know the Bible that well. For example, more than one survey has found that less than half [Read More...]

How many fundamentalists actually read the Bible, and what do they make of it?

Really interesting thread at Love, Joy, Feminism that starts with Libby Anne questioning whether the Bible really makes people into atheists: [Read more...]

George Takei speaks

From Facebook: [Read more...]