Hags of Lag – Sarkeesian

It’s no secret that women in the geek industry constantly have to demonstrate their credentials above and beyond the call that is normally expected. When I say I read comics, no one demands to find out if I read Archie or not.

What we have is a problem. #Gamergate demonstrates it quite well. There are people making a fairly daft argument. That feminists are evil because Zoe Quinn who made Depression Quest (A Free to Play Game) slept with a games reviewer who never even reviewed her game. And this apparently is the death knell of game writing. [Read more...]

You Have No Basis to Say that Slavery is Bad!

You’ve got no basis to say slavery is bad. Evolutionarily speaking, isn’t it a moral imperative to enslave the lesser evolved humans and other beasts for the greater good of us more evolved ones? Now that we know evolution is happening, should we allow the lesser humans to reproduce with us and drag down the gene pool? All kinds of great moral imperatives come out of evolution!!

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Sam Harris – Irony is Going to War for Olive Branches

I wrote a response to Sam Harris. It made the rounds as one of the few people who were atheist who were willing to speak out against a “Horseman” of atheism. I faced down everything, from the accusations of “drama blogging” and being contrary for the sake of it. To siding with terrorists. And the ever popular claim of “Secret Muslim” made a showing.

But at the core of my argument was me pointing out that the heart of the conflict was entirely based on ownership of land. And that in the grand scheme of things, Sam Harris has forgotten that the Palestinians are indeed the defenders and have suffered abuse upon abuse and attacks on their secular notions giving power to the only untouched institution that is religion. The secular PLO got sidelined and the hard-line Hamas came to greater power until it became what everyone feared. The elected representatives of the Palestinians.  [Read more...]

Atheism as a Religion – Mike Dobbins and Atheist Symbols

This is an excerpt from Mike Dobbins’ book on atheism. Atheism as a religion is an attempt to try and denounce atheism and indeed a secular view.

Think of it simply. The main reason people want atheism to be classified as a religion is so that anything associated with atheism and atheist values can similarly be excluded from the public sphere.

It’s a pretty useful list of things to exclude. [Read more...]

Not the Ducks – Quackery and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This is my contribution to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Along with £10 I donated to Macmillan who are handling the challenge in the UK. And it is a defence of the practice. Look, let us be clear. The actual dumping of ice cold water doesn’t directly help ALS victims, it just raises awareness and people do donate because of this system. A lot of money HAS been raised. The problem I find is people look  down on each other for what little effort they can  do. This one’s from the quack brigade who think ALS research is hokum. Let us get this straight, this site is trying to STOP people donating money to fight Motor Neuron Disease and instead utilise pseudoscientific nonsense. [Read more...]