Lawrence Krauss talking about nothing.

I have been in the audience a few times listening to this man explain nothing. In one speech, he explained nothing four times, because [he said] the subject tends to confuse the laity, and sometimes even confuses other scientists. When he said that, my son and I looked at each other said quite confidently that we were confused by nothing, and that Lawrence Krauss understands nothing. Phrasing it this way was the only way we could comment honestly and still feel good about ourselves.

So recently in Oklahoma, my wife Lilandra and Jack Crowbar of Brainstorm on The Nones had the rare opportunity to interview the famous professor of theoretical physics. I mentioned this to someone in my family, who said “Whoever THAT is”. The only way I could explain it was to say, “You know who Stephen Hawking is? Krauss is just to the left of him.”

I shouldn’t fault my family for liking football over physics. To them I look ignorant because I haven’t memorized the the batting averages of every goalie who ever played for the Globetrotters, or whoever the popular teams are around here.

Edited audio is now available thanks to The Nones producer Jack:http://thenones.podbean.com/2013/06/29/lawrence-krauss-on-the-difficulty-in-describing-the-universe-in-4-dimensions/

 

Actually Ken Ham: It’s Great to be an Ape

I was invited by Dallas’s Fellowship of Freethought to speak about creationism with the Mister Ra. Aron spoke about his disappointment at Ham’s response about wisdom teeth not being proof of anything that contradicts the biblical account of Genesis.

My presentation addressed Ham’s vain response that he is made in the image of god, and not an ape as I told him earlier. It is a presentation to show how anyone including Ham can actually know this. If he has ears let him hear right? The presentation also addresses why it isn’t an insult to be classified as an ape.

Vic Wang of Houston Atheists gives an update at the end about his organization’s efforts to stage a demonstration in response to Ham’s keynote speech to a home school conference Aug 1-3. Houston Atheists, Aron Ra, PZ Myers, and Zach Kopplin, Mike Aus, and little ole atheist woman me plan to show that evolution is the only science that can be taught to students. The event will is planned at Houston’s Museum of Science, a real museum! Info about this can be found at http://www.meetup.com/humanism-177/events/127065932/

If you would like to help with this event contact [email protected]

He has yet to accept Houston Atheists, Aron Ra, and Dr.PZ Myers debate challenge to him and Answers in Genesis: http://freethoughtblogs.com/aronra/20… He called the first debate challenge rude.

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Support Senator Davis’s Filibuster against Texas SB 5: restricting women’s access to abortion.

It is live streaming now, and she is in trouble. The Texas Senate is deciding if she broke the rules by accepting a back brace from a colleague. If she survives this ruling, she has until midnight to block the vote on SB5. It will most likely give her 2 warnings and she has 3 allowed. Women’s rights advocates have blocked this regressive legislation all year, but Gov. Rick Perry is using the summer special session to railroad bills into law. It is estimated that the regulations in this bill will shut down 90 percent of the abortion clinics in Texas, severely limiting the abilities of low income women to have access to a safe and legal abortion.

You can support her by sending your story for her to read during her filibuster. I have already submitted my story. You can also watch this event livestream here. [notice]Update she has received 2 warnings[/notice]

Go Wendy!

Go Wendy!

a charity to improve Ireland’s mental health

Don’t make jokes. I’ve met most of the guest hosts in person. :-)

Until recently, if I wanted to help promote something like this I would feature it on my channel. But YouTube has made so many ‘improvements’ that my channel barely exists anymore. It certainly can’t be used to feature anyone else’s videos on occasion. You will be upgraded or you will be deleted. So I’ll just have to promote this charity here.

Hammering Ham

You know, I’m starting to doubt whether Ken Ham was ever willing to enter into the debate that he said he wanted. He made some plainly false criticisms of my wife, and I posted some corrections below.

Shortly after I uploaded this video, I saw a comment that someone had posted it to Ken Ham’s facebook. The moment I saw that, I went to his facebook to see, but it had already been taken down. That was fast! It seems Ham doesn’t want his followers to see it. I’m not at all surprised.

Dennett’s prediction

When I listened to Daniel Dennett give this presentation live, I remember thinking that I wanted to take a handful of his comments and statistics, and put them to music. And while that might still have worked, when I listen to my recording of that speech now, I think it needs to be a bit longer than that, because there is a message there.

The way I figure it, when he says “in our lifetime”, we could estimate that to be about another 25 years or so. Now imagine hearing this same prediction 25 years ago, in 1988.

By the way, when I entered the hotel restaurant in Kamloops, I saw Dennett sitting with Peter Boghossian, Victor Stenger, and Bill Ligertwood, host of the convention. Dennet rose as I approached and held out his hand. “Dan Dennett” he said, as if I might not know who he was. As I shook his hand, I said, “We’ve met before, at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne”. He looked at me quizzically and said, “I don’t remember you”.

(sigh)

TrueEmpiricism (irony alert)

As Darwin once said, “ignorance more often begets confidence than does knowledge“.

Someone demonstrating Dunning-Kruger syndrome keeps sending me private messages wherein he speaks without knowledge very confidently. I don’t even have time just to read all my emails anymore. I certainly can’t take the time to personally educate every internet noob who thinks he knows something that every expert forgot to notice.

Here is my list of the faults in this video.

1. Theism compares to belief in the invisible pink unicorn because both are unfalsifiable self-contradicting absurdities posited without any basis in fact.

2. Neither theism, -nor any other supernatural superstition- provides any ‘explanation of reality’. Before I can reject your explanation, you’ll have to provide one.

3. Atheism is not ‘reductionist’; it is simply the default position with regard to such baseless assertions as the claim that there are magical anthropomorphic immortals. In science, there is only that which is supported by evidence, and that which is not supprted by evidence, and whatever is not supported by evidence does not warrant serious consideration. Come back when you show there’s a THERE there, when you can show some way to test your claims and to gauge how accurate your beliefs are. Until you can do that, you shouldn’t believe such nonsense, and you certainly shouldn’t state it as if you know it.

4. Theism does not ‘force’ a-theism into anything, nor could it. Making wild indefensible claims -without justification- logically *should* force one to either meet their burden of proof, or retract their dishonest assertions when they prove to be unsupported. Theists can never do that. So what they try to do instead is to project their own fallacies -and their burden of proof- onto the default position -whether neither belongs.

5. Atheism is not a ‘world view’. There are world views which are atheist, (Druids, Pantheists, Taoists, animists, shaman, and so on) but apistevist empirical rationalists do not count as any sort of ‘world view’. Scientific rationalism has neither required beliefs nor prohibited beliefs. That’s why we call it ‘free thought’.
Theists pretend to know what no one even can know, while apistevists honestly admit when no one knows, and that theists NEVER know. (You really don’t – ever.) We also have situations in which we actually *do* know the answer, but theists have to pretend that we don’t, and no amount of proof will change their minds. That’s the world-view at work; assumed conclusions of wishful thinking which absolutely must be defended -no matter how wrong they are- via cognitive bias and whatever other means necessary. None of this applies to apistevists.

That’s 5 significant errors just in the first half minute, and there’s still another nine minutes to go!? At a rate of one false premise every 6 seconds, I can’t waste any more of my time on this. Please find someone to teach you the basics of logic, science, philosophy, theology, and critical thinking, so that you have at least some idea what you’re talking about -before you go waste someone else’s limited life-span.

Hopefully others will watch the rest of this video for me and continue this list without me.

Atheist goodwill not good enough for some Oklahomans

In the wreckage left behind by recent tornadoes, Oklahoma atheist Rhonda Dorle sought to help her neighbors salvage what they could from what the tornado left behind. She and other atheists volunteered their time, and worked side by side with others regardless of what they believed or didn’t. Unfortunately when it was revealed that they were atheists, some Christians refused to keep working with the same people they worked with all day.

Regardless of what others may think of what they do, atheists continue to support their neighbors try to put their lives together. Rhonda is a Facilitator for Recovering From Religion and helps organize Oklahoma atheist meetings. Although their efforts will never be enough to convince a few people, that atheists really are good without god, many atheists are involved in the relief efforts. It’s about empathy for fellow human beings.

Kai D. Tancredi will also be taking time out of coordinating a blood drive for FreeOK to talk to us Sunday at 12:00 PM CST on The n0nes about how the relief efforts are going. Kai recently contributed an article in The Red Dirt Report that Pastor David Brassfield’s empty accusation that no atheist group was helping disaster victims. Brassfied recently issued a sort of apology for effectively not putting more time in before basely accusing atheists. Read the apology for yourself.

We will also be joined by Adam Brown of Atheists Giving Aid. They will be talking about their organizations disaster relief efforts. Yes Virginia, there are atheists that do good things for no other reason than to help fellow human beings.

*It will be livestreamed to youtube. We have some new editing talent with Melponeme Jack Crowbar, of Brain Drizzle, to help us edit audio for a podcast  for people, who have been asking for that format.

Here come the loonies

So now that Ken Ham, president of answersingenesis has acknowledged me, the most extreme whackos on the web are suddenly aware of me too. For example, Conspiracy News accuses me of being a puppet of the Illuminati, which in turn is allegedly controlled by Satan. I find this amusing since neither of those entities apparently exists.

That site describes me as a psychopathic mystic, using demonic doctrine to seduce ‘the simple’. I guess that’s how they think one gets on the international speakers circuit supporting reason and skeptical rationalism. So the irony meter is already pegged. Most of my live audiences also tend to include famous philosophers, particle physicists, cosmologists, geneticists, and so on. So it seems that having the word, ‘Professor’ in front of your name, and the letters ‘PhD’ after your name, somehow qualify one as ‘simple’. Worse still, according to Conspiracy News, conferences with so many highly educated participants amount to “the blind leading the blind”. Compare that to a religious conference, and the irony meter is destroyed.

It is especially amusing that they have to ignore everything I said in every video I’ve ever made when they say that I “cannot offer “one shred of evidence” for the “scientific fables” of big bang, old earth, evolution, or heliocentrism. Actually I have provided abundant evidence for all these things –except heliocentrism. I didn’t really see the need to present a lot of scientific data showing that the earth goes around the sun rather than the other way around. I guess I just don’t expect people to be that stupid. I should rethink that since I now know of a few well-known geocentrists, NephilimFree, VenomFangX, Frank Turek, Pastor Bob Enyrart, and so on.

This particular poster, RobinMFisher also thinks that my saying that I’m not particularly interested in philosophy means that I’m not even aware of when I still have to talk about that subject. Of course I am. Similarly, I have said many times that I prefer to deal in fact whenever possible, and I tend to preface mere opinions with some apology. For example, there have been a few times when I was asked my philosophical opinion, and I shared it thus:

“I sincerely do not understand hate, nor why other people fixate on negativity. It’s just not the way I think. There is a positive aspect to nearly all our experiences. If you can’t find something good, at least allow yourself to be impressed, because sharing the things you love is what will endear you to others. Seriously, nobody cares about what you hate, and you shouldn’t either.”.

So I find it ironic that AtheistWatch calls me a “completely opinionated, hate-group bully”

Their description of me is all wrong too. For example, I have never lived in Denton, and I don’t think I have ever said that “science is kryptonite to creationists”. Of course they think it “obvious” that I wrote my own wiki page too. I didn’t, but I did contact them once, asking them to correct their description of me. They said I was someone who might physically threaten those who disagree. That’s just not how I am –regardless how many religious nuts want to pretend that I’m such a ‘bully’. Honesty, accuracy, and accountability simply do not matter to religious zealots.

My favorite of the criticisms against me on AtheismWatch is this one:

“the standard that he uses to hold the bible to sees the Bible as cliaming on behalf of God:“I know everything I’ve always been there here’s what hapepned in the past.” That’s a log of hog wash. It’s not true God knows all that is knowable but the bible never makes such a claim for itself. It never presets itself as an accurate history book such that it says ‘here’s what happened in the past.” That kind of blanket statement is the all or nothing bunck that atheists thrive on.”

It wasn’t me who recited that ‘log of hogwash’; it was the Young Earth Creationist, Ken Ham who described the Bible exactly that way. I was merely quoting his ‘bunck’. But it is nice to see how venomous believers can be when one of their own people says something wrong, -but they think I’m the one who said it.

I wonder what the next paranoid tabloid sensationalist opposite-accusation of me will be.