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Monthly Archive: June 2008

Jun 30 2008

Religious Liberty Trumps Sanity in Texas

The Texas State Supreme Court last week ruled that a church member had no right to sue a church for damages inflicted to her in the course of “church activities for which members adhere.” The case involved a 17-year-old girl who happed to be a victim of a “spiritually charged” garage sale preparation in which …

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Jun 25 2008

Synchronicity

Sometimes the brain makes connections between things that are seemingly unconnected or only distantly or abstractly related. Recently, a series of oddly related events came together for me in a way that I wanted to share. First, I came across a comment in another forum last week that mentioned a model known as Morton’s Demon. …

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Jun 24 2008

Home from TAM6…

…and boy, are my arms tired. (rimshot) It was a perfectly wonderful experience, even my lunatic decision to make a road trip out of it — which totaled over 2600 miles in the end. But as I’ve already told many folks, it was just my desire to gafiate* for a while, and by taking a …

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Jun 23 2008

Money and thermodynamics

Here’s an addendum to Sunday’s show on financial scams. It’s a thought that I had while preparing the topic, but didn’t wind up using while on the air. Your financial situation is a lot like the second law of thermodynamics — a concept which creationists frequently and (perhaps) deliberately misunderstand. The second law of thermodynamics …

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Jun 23 2008

Carlin has blasphemed his last

So long, George. If it turns out you were wrong, and Pascal’s Wager was a good bet, be sure to tell God a few good jokes before he yanks the lever and you drop through the trap door.

Jun 22 2008

Today on the show: Financial scams

Sometimes I like to mix up the topics to avoid just being “the show that talks about how there is still no God.” Because of this, I’m returning to one of my favorite critical thinking subjects: financial scams. I’ll be discussing three examples of scams that I’ve spent time discussing in the past: Chain letters, …

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Jun 18 2008

50 reasons to contribute to Iron Chariots

PZ Myers just posted an email he received entitled “50 reasons to believe in god.” While the apologetics contained therein are the usual unremarkable tripe, I thought this was a good opportunity to renew enthusiasm for Iron Chariots, the counter-apologetics wiki. The mission of Iron Chariots is to collect in one handy reference guide an …

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Jun 16 2008

Prince Caspian is Anvilicious

Anvilicious, adj:In media, the state of conveying a particular message so unsubtly that they may as well etch it onto an anvil and drop it on your head. Okay, so I’m late in seeing this movie. Ginny and I don’t get out enough. I always liked the Narnia books, even after I knew that Aslan …

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Jun 16 2008

Teach the controversy

An alert Non-Prophets listener named Matt writes: I tend to prefer shirts without text over shirts that consist of nothing but text which makes finding good atheist t-shirts rather difficult. Most of the time they are nothing more than a block of text on an otherwise plain shirt. These shirts are not only fairly well …

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Jun 15 2008

Tammity-tam-tam-TAM!

Sweet! TAM 6 is coming up this week, so I’m heading out to Sin City for the skeptical festivities. This will mean a slowdown in my own posts between now and the time I get there — gotta prep and all — so hopefully Kazim and the others will take up some of the posting slack …

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