Books To Beat Your Baby By – The Right-Wing Biblical Approach To Raising A Child

I noticed Leslie Cannold and a few other skeptics that I follow on Twitter chatting about this (highly recommended Twitter-follow, for catching up on relevant links, ideas and issues that you might otherwise miss) - while at the same time I had open in front of me a petition on Change.org to request that Amazon.com not endorse certain books: Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days - BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and Choices (@ … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry Answers The ‘What Knowledge Did The Apple Bring’ Question

This is for Digital Cuttlefish, who is wildly busy and should NOT be online, but I'd like you to visit their blog so they can still feel loved. Horrid fishy thing that it is. Neener.To cheer Cuttle up - a nice little slice of Quora, the popular Q&A site: What precisely was the knowledge that God didn't want Adam & Eve to have? It must have been very threatening to God considering his reaction to the eating of the "forbidden fruit." Over the years I have seen many contradictory attempts … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Can The Catholic Church Ever Make Amends?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because I Went Out Last Night And Caught Up With Friends In Northbridge And I Really Need A Cup Of Tea While Writing A Blog-Post In Order To Wake Myself Up So I Can See The Family Later Today And Be Coherent To Remember Where Their House Is.Inspired by breaking news: Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholic Ireland's stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See's prestige and may be followed by oth … [Read more...]

Skeptical Kitteh!

Thanks to Clifford for the alert - you can check out more of  Richard Smith's Skeptical kitteh or Science kitteh designs at his official site and see more blogged-examples at Why Evolution Is True! … [Read more...]

The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]

The One Show On Spiritualism – With Professors Richard Wiseman And Chris French

Thanks to the The Psychology of the Paranormal E-mail Network - you can subscribe here! … [Read more...]

On Sally Morgan And The Issues With Testing Psychic Claimants (Are There Any?)

One of the unfortunate side-effects of Twitter is that you can get short, sharp, terse-sounding and inappropriate comments that are intended to be anything but. I'm certain Tim Minchin could talk about that quite easily, for example.This doesn't mean that the occasional intentional passive-aggressive statement is completely absent, which (as I'm certain we all know) can also be par for the course with online interactions. They tend to just exacerbate what could be, at its core, a simple mis … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Do You Give People A Pass Because They’re On “Our Side”?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because I Have A Headache For Some Unknown Reason And I'm Kind Of Grateful That I Don't Have To Get Out Of Bed This Time Of The Day To Do A Damned Thing Beyond Writing This .Today I read a short statement from someone (let's call them 'X') praising a speaker at a conference (it was a primarily a science, not an atheist conference - but we can talk about any event you like). People responded by politely agreeing or disagreeing about the relative value of that particular p … [Read more...]

kate Goes To The Conscious Living Festival

WE CAN TAKE YOU UP TO SEVENTEEN TIMES EARTH'S GRAVITY! More like a terrifying vibrating torture-device, making my eyeballs bubble out of my freaking head, as I hang on grim death and pled the operator to please stop lecturing me on how the NASA astronauts use this all the time and just let me get off the bloody thing... Want to be told that sunblock is potentially deadly? Or watch people stand in metal bowls being hit by gongs? Maybe be told not to vaccinate your family?  kate loves a New Age fes … [Read more...]

When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]


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