Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

So Many Claims, So Little (No) Support…

This letter was to Matt, so I opted not to reply. But also, if I did reply, I wouldn’t have much more to offer beyond, “I’ve never seen anyone offer up such a lengthy list of claims that included no attempt at offering even one shred of support.” Does Guinness have a category for something …

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Dec 27 2011

Mr. Friel goes to Europe


With so many shows being skipped this holiday season, in order to stay current on theist arguments I’ve done something I’m not proud of.  I’ve… (deep breath) subscribed to a podcast of Wretched Radio.

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Dec 24 2011

…And our little lives are rounded with a sleep

Our profoundest condolences go out to friend and sometime co-host AronRa, who here gives a tremendously touching eulogy for his granddaughter Sidney, felled by cancer. I recently read a novel in which a character ruminates on death, expressing the view that — the phraseology notwithstanding — instead of thinking that our lost loved ones were …

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Dec 20 2011

We are beaten

The letter below is devastating to the atheist cause.  We may as well pack it in right now.

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Dec 19 2011

Tribute to Hitchens / Open thread on AE #740

Tracie and I finished off the year with one final show last night.  We had a lot of fun with this episode.  In case anybody wanted to read it, I’ve copied what I said about Christopher Hitchens below the fold.

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Dec 09 2011

AETV Live Chat Room Moderation Policy (v1.0)

Most of you who watch The Atheist Experience live are aware that there is a live chat room that runs on Ustream.  It has, as of recently, been regularly moderated by some combination of Jen, Lynnea, John and me.  The purpose of this post is to try to establish some guidelines that will clarify the …

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Dec 07 2011

“Masks” by Shel Silverstein

I was at Barnes & Noble with my son last night and made a surprising discovery: There’s a newly published book of poems by Shel Silverstein.  It’s called Every Thing On It, and is apparently a post-mortem collection of poems he wrote between his 1996 book Falling Up and his death in 1999. As a big …

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Dec 06 2011

Atheist Community of Austin featured on “Hidden City”

Recently a bunch of our members got together with a TV crew at El Arroyo and had a chat for a couple of hours about what we do.  We have received confirmation that the episode will be airing on the Travel Channel on January 31.  They seemed like a good group of people with an …

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Dec 01 2011

We get email: Godel, Escher, Bach, and some WTF?

First exchange: I was watching some clips from your show on Youtube.  I am always interested in the challenges presented by differing views.  Your hosts make some compelling points about what seems to be a great injustice in the belief in hell. The problem with most of the anti-religion views is that they focus on the …

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Dec 01 2011

Skepticon 4 videos are posted…

I wasn’t able to attend this year’s Skepticon (or the 3 that preceded it), but I have a very strong suspicion that I’ll be at SK5. I do, though, enjoy seeing what I’ve missed. I’ve had the great fortune of meeting and spending time with many of the speakers at other events and I love …

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