Tim Minchin: “I don’t know how to say that nicely, but…”

Via Facebook: [Read more...]

The strange case of Chris Mooney

It isn’t just pointing out the ugly side of holy books that will have people saying how rude you are. Unfortunately, some people will call you rude for literally any criticism at all of religion. It’s hard to believe, I know, but if you’ve read chapter 1 I hope you won’t find it too surprising. [Read more...]

Tweaking the “beta testing a book” project

After thinking about it a bit, I’ve decided the “force myself to post a chapter every week” strategy was not the best one. Instead, I’m simply going to things as I write them – usually by posting subsections as blog posts. These smaller posts will not generally be marked for what they are, though often [Read More...]

American “separation of powers” means we don’t know who to blame when things go wrong

A couple weeks ago, Matt Yglesias had a post arguing, correctly, I think, that the current economic conditions in the US aren’t Bush’s fault. Yeah, Bush was president when things went south, but a better government could have done a lot more to fix things by now. [Read more...]

Mind uploading: a link to a bunch of more links to preprints of journal articles

Compiled by Ben Goertzel here, HT to Kaj Sotala on LessWrong. Posting this partly as a note to myself so I don’t lose the link, but may be of interest to other people here. [Read more...]

Now how do I get health insurance from June-December 2013?

Wee! Obamacare has been upheld. I just noticed that under Obamacare, health insurance is now much less of a worry for me, except from early June 2013 to the end of December 2013. You see, Obamacare lets me be on my parents’ health insurance until I’m 26, and the heavy subsidies part of it kicks [Read More...]

Which is worse: Scientology or the Catholic Church?

It’s a serious question. I’m considering including a comparison of this sort in chapter 4 of the book, but it’s a hard comparison to make. But here’s an attempt: [Read more...]

Sources documenting what the Catholic Church has (and has not) defrocked priests for?

Paul W. (OM) makes an excellent point in the previous thread: I may be mistaken, but it’s my impression that the Catholic Church doesn’t “equate” ordaining women with child abuse, in practice—it still considers ordaining women far worse. [Read more...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 8: Science and Religion II: Evolution

This chapter is not finished, but should be in better shape than 2 or 3. With chapters like this, I will definitely re-post when they’re in better shape, so you can take a peek now or wait, whatever you feel like. [Read more...]


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