Guest post: Your Facebook Votes Are Worth Over $50!

Here be a guest post from Josh Brose, the partners intern at Foundation Beyond Belief. Josh from Foundation Beyond Belief here, Seriously, everyone needs to do this.  In case you haven’t heard – the Foundation Beyond Belief, the Secular Student Alliance, and Camp Quest have all been nominated for the CHASE community giving program.  2 [Read More...]

I get email: Matthew.

I got an email from Matthew.  I was at the presentation you gave yesterday a Rose-Hulman. You said you thought that Christian apologists had to know their evidence was bad. What would you say about the evidence of irreducibly complex systems? (Such as the Blood clotting cascade and cilium) You mentioned them yesterday (with the [Read More...]

Folding at home, even less effort that prayer.

DrB-   Are you helping find cures for diseases like cancer? You could be! Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers. Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), [Read More...]

Why do people reject science?

DrB-   We see this all the time, even though “every piece of existence on Earth” supports evolution, people still deny it. It’s nearly always due to having never studied biological sciences, and not understanding what the Theory says. Some Australian researchers wanted to find out something similar, why do people reject climate science? When [Read More...]

Skepticism and “Organic” foods

DrB-   Are “Organic” foods better for you? On the surface, it feels like one of those “everybody knows” or gut feeling type questions, that should be easy to answer. That we can just assume that those foods marked as “organic,” for having been grown with specific farming methods, are better than those sprayed with [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: drugs.

I’m going to start a trend of having a dedicated conversation topic every Tuesday. Today’s conversation is drugs.  Have you done them?  Which ones?  Which would you do again/not do again? Should they be legal?  Which ones? Go. [Read more...]

Paul Ryan on school sponsored prayer

DrB-   Public school’s having official prayer is struck down every time it comes up. The supreme court ruled on that 50 years ago, and nothing has changed.  Not that the current crop of GOP candidates are pleased about that. “That’s a constitutional issue of the states,’’ Mr. Ryan told a campaign volunteer during a [Read More...]

9/11: never forget our own failures.

When I got out of work on September 11, 2001, my father called me and told me to remember where I was that day and everything else about it: what I thought, who I talked to, etc., because one day my children would ask me. When I speak to others who were in school that [Read More...]

If atheism is a religion…

My friend, Vincent, left this on my facebook wall.  It’s just the type of “fuck with ‘em while smiling” activism that I love.  If I were still a college activist, I’d be printing out these petitions today. The next time someone says “atheism is a religion”, you should ask them if they support atheist organizations [Read More...]

Godless in Lion’s Arch.

Yesterday the Godless guild got together for a photoshoot.  People in Lion’s Arch stopped to gawk at how many of us there were dancing and having a blast.  Like I told the guild last night, atheists often spend so much time focused on the ideas of atheism that we forget to take our groups out [Read More...]

Dad vs. Bill

Here’s another from the annals of my father’s facebook adventures. Bill says… He does exist – if He didn’t none of this matters, including this discussion. Until science can create life from complete lifelessness, including creating whatever materials they need out of thin air evolution is a farce. Also, if God did not create us [Read More...]

Rose Hulman was awesome!

The talk at Rose Hulman was, admittedly, not my strongest talk ever, but the Q&A was lengthy and fun.  One of Jen McCreight’s haters had said they were going to show up and pin me down during the Q&A, but they either didn’t show up or lost their nerve. After the talk, one of the [Read More...]

Chris Kluwe comes down on bigot politician like a ton of bricks.

A player for the Baltimore Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo, spoke out in favor of marriage equality.  In response, a delegate from the state of Maryland, Emmett C. Burns Jr., wrote a letter the Ravens team suggesting they muzzle their player. Boy, did that ever rub Vikings punter Chris Kluwe the wrong way.  He wrote an open [Read More...]

Mitt Romney, cocaine smugglers, and how morality really works for the right wing.

Uh oh!  Mitt Romney was bad! Mitt Romney recently attended a campaign rally in Florida that was hosted by a man who was part of a drug ring that was caught trying to smuggle over 2,000 pounds of cocaine into America. Reinaldo Bermudez, 38, is the owner of Palacio de los Jugos, located in Miami, [Read More...]