It’s hard to plan 75 years into the future

Here’s another thing thing to fuels my LessWrong-inspired “trying to think about the future” kick: [Read more...]

Naivete about politicians

So: a Yemini journalist reports on a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, revealing that it killed 14 women and 21 children. He’s then imprisoned by the Yemini government. The Yemini government faces pressure to release him, and is all set to do so, when Obama calls the Yemini president to “express concern” about the journalist. As [Read More...]

What are the Republicans thinking on contraception?

So first, the religious right rallies to support Catholic employers who think their religious beliefs should exempt them from following the law. Then Rush Limbaugh called a woman a “slut” for thinking contraception should be covered by health insurance. Oh, and one of the current leading Republican Presidential candidates right now is Rick Santorum, one [Read More...]

On Augustine

Ed Feser sent me an e-mail asking if I had written this review. I began typing a response, then realized I should really make it into a blog post. So: [Read more...]

What should a book be these days? (Review of Why Are You Atheists So Angry?)

As with my review of Hank’s book, in this post I’m going to be using Greta Christina’s new book (Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless) as a jumping-off point to talk about writing. But first, lest there be any confusion about this, this is a really awesome book [Read More...]

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...]