floresiensis not from erectus, just like I said

I think it's funny that the media are just now announcing "breaking news" about Homo floresiensis that I had already explained exactly six years ago; from 5:38-7:04. … [Read more...]

Our shameless state board of education.

On April 18th, I was in Austin to testify once again before our infamous Texas State Board of Education. Lilandra and I felt alone in that crowd of creationists. It was disheartening to see so many people repeating such easily refutable falsehoods as fact. But it is even worse to see organizations determined to exploit the language of the science standards to allow teachers to misrepresent evolution, abiogenesis, climate science and so on, and to replace factual lessons with fraudulent arguments … [Read more...]

Philosophistry

On March 3rd, "Street Epistemologist" Anthony Magnabosco invited me to join him at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to see a debate between one of their apologists and the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Turns out this was the start of an apologetics conference called "Stand Firm". Which of course, I interpret as "be unreasonable". Because that's what apologetics is, making up excuses to defend the faith against all reason: to rationalize or justify a faith-based position while … [Read more...]

Conflicting Political Opinions

Yesterday I happened to run into an associate from my former job. He and I worked together at a company very similar to The Incredibles' Insuricare for at least a decade or so, and we both quit at about the same time. Amusingly, we're about the same age, and the last couple of years have been much the same for both us. He and I both traveled to a number of different countries, albeit advocating opposite messages. While I was speaking at various secular and skeptical conferences, he was an … [Read more...]

Texas SBoE considering changing science again

The Texas Freedom Network notified me that our State Board of Education is once again attempting to insert language into the science standards of public schools that would allow creationist teachers to mislead their students--about evoltion and related aspects of the natural origin and development of biodiversity. The TFN asked me to email my concerns about that to the board. Here is what I said:First, referring to: §112.34. Biology, Adopted 2017 (c) Knowledge and skills, we find (9)(D) we … [Read more...]

What we do on Patreon

I've been a full-time activist for a couple years now, and I have definitely dedicated a lot more hours to my projects and to my channel every week than I ever did in the corporate world--even that period where one company offered unlimited overtime. Now that I'm involved in something where I can actually do some good for other people, I have a goal to be the hardest working advocate of skeptical atheism, secular humanism, and science education. So let me explain what Lilandra and I do for our … [Read more...]

Not so much myth-busting as myth-making

In a previous post, I mentioned a creationist calling himself a "mythbuster", busting what he thinks are myths Christians believe in. But not him. He told me that he knows more than every theologian anywhere ever. He knew this because he didn't bother learning about ancient pre-Judean culture, comparative mythology, or the history of the Bible as a compilation. No, he only read the 66 books of the Bible with no contextual background to confuse him.Seems our previous discussion didn’t go the w … [Read more...]

How Various Studies Disprove Noah’s Flood

I'm having some fun with a new video series. I wish it wasn't necessary to do this series anymore, but in the last year with the opening of Ken Ham's Ark park and the appointment of a presidential cabinet made up entirely of science denialists means that yes, I still have to explain how we know that Noah's ark was only ever a goddamn fable and that grown-ups seriously should not still believe such nonsense in the age of information.So far this new video series looks like it will consists of … [Read more...]

Mythbusted?

This morning I got a call from self-professed Bible scholar pushing what he called a Mythbuster series: except that instead of busting the myth, he's promoting one he believes in. I know, that doesn't make any sense. I don't think he's paid any royalties on using the Mythbuster name either, but that's what he calls it.He said he had arguments that would render atheism without foundation, or some such claim as that. He wanted to have a video chat, and I thought would be fun. Sadly, it didn't … [Read more...]

I am Resigned to Run for State Senate

I just posted my first political advertisement. It was filmed by the New Covenant Group in their 7,000 square-foot TV studio in Pensacola Florida. They just sent their edit to me a couple days ago. Thank you for that, Dr Michael Jones.Even before posting this ad, I've found that I'm already attending multiple political meetings each week, and this is expected to accelerate considerably by Autumn. This is on top of everything else I'm still doing, which is quite a lot really. So in an effort … [Read more...]