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Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 21 2008

Picket Expelled? No no no no no!

I just got an invitation in my email to join a Facebook group called “Protest Ben Stein’s Expelled,” which lists PZ Myers as one of two admins. The thrust here is to organize protests in front of theaters wherever it’s playing. I joined right away, mainly so I could stop these folks — whose motivations …

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Mar 21 2008

Last night turning into PR Waterloo for Expelled

Now the whole hilarious story of PZ Myers being thrown out of a screening for Expelled has hit at least one mainstream media outlet. The dishonesty of the people behind this propagandist rubbish is being spread far and wide for the world to see. I laugh. I giggle. I even chortle. Meanwhile, PZ’s daughter-of-darkness Skatje …

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Mar 21 2008

On the whole “being offensive” thing

In my Dawkins report, I discussed the way many Christians — primarily of the conservative stripe — can’t stop whining about how horribly offensive the anti-religious rhetoric of the “new atheists” is, while intentionally ignoring, and even defending, far worse behavior from their own. A perfect example is this odious hypocrisy I read via Ed …

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Mar 20 2008

Dawkins at UT, Part 2

II (cont’d): The Lecture To wrap this up: Another memorable part of the talk involved Dawkins’ response to Christians who take offense at the supposedly rude and aggressive tone he allegedly uses. While saying that he’d rather be known as a “friend of truth” more than an “enemy of religion,” he admitted to being unable …

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Mar 20 2008

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Dawkins report…

…to bring you this Dawkins-related article of interest from PZ Myers. It also happens to be the funniest thing I’ve read on his or any blog all year. Suffice it to say that the fools behind Expelled just crapped all over themselves in their latest epic fail! This is just made of awesome!

Mar 20 2008

Report: Dawkins at UT, Part 1

Okay, I’ve had a good night’s sleep, gotten a few morning errands done, and now I’m ready to sit down and hammer out my report about yesterday. The short version: a phenomenal and surprising success. If you had told me a scant four years ago that atheism would have such a high public profile, let …

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Mar 19 2008

Rho, I have your answer

Okay, this will be a pretty quick post, because I’ve just gotten home from Richard Dawkins’ signing at Book People, which was attended by about 200, and have to head off soon back down to campus so I can get my reserved seat by the recommended time of 5:30. Photos of today’s festivities will have …

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Mar 18 2008

…Damn

Word’s come in that legendary atheist science fiction writer (2001: A Space Odyssey; Rendezvous with Rama) and science advocate Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died today. He was 90.

Mar 18 2008

Hey, Ben Stein! Here’s “Big Science” for you!

Diggers in the fossil-rich wilds of North Dakota have uncovered a whole mummified dinosaur. The ol’ fella is 65 million years old, give or take, and he’s got almost all of his skin, hinting at pretty quick fossilization under extreme conditions. This is a swell find, and it will simply add to the wealth of …

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Mar 18 2008

The post-Dawkins AE blog meetup location…

…will be at Spiderhouse Cafe. Here’s a map. As you can see, it’s right by campus. We’ll all just wheel over there afterwards. Looking forward to meeting folks.

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