Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 11 2012

Matt’s debates and podcasts and upcoming schedule…

So, I’ve been busy. I did a debate in Frisco, TX at the NTSSC. JT Eberhard and I teamed up against John Ferrer and Sloan Lee. That video is now up here: I couldn’t have asked for a better partner or been more pleased about the heavy lifting he did. It made room for my …

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May 10 2012

Because Photoshop is more fun than doing responsible adult stuff

Being white with perfect teeth is presumably optional.

With the recent anti-gay vote in North Carolina, followed by Obama’s belated “sure, why not?” pronouncement of same-sex marriage acceptability, a number of Christians are doubling down on the hate, and this photo of a billboard is making the rounds on Facebook today. Wag that I am (check my name), I couldn’t resist firing up …

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May 10 2012

Climate change “skeptics” in the creationist role

We received an email from a relatively new atheist who is still coming to grips with various science-related issues now that he’s shed his theism.  He wrote: After de-converting I’ve started reassessing some long held political beliefs that were based on my old religious beliefs. I’ve found that when I look at things from a …

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May 09 2012

Fox, you simply could not be more predictable!

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It’s only surprising that they didn’t Photoshop horns onto his head. Clearly what this calls for is some Photoshoppery of our own. Let’s get the mockery started!

May 09 2012

Thoughts on the SCA’s new Executive Director

For those who aren’t aware, the Secular Coalition for America represents 11 member groups and it serves as the lobbyists for the secular community. I’ve been a vocal supporter of the SCA (and many of their member organizations) for years. A few days ago, they announced their new Executive Director and the secular community got …

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May 08 2012

AMA with Edwina Rogers

Just a heads up, the new Republican leader of the Secular Coalition for American is now taking questions on Reddit.  Click here to see it. If this is the first you’ve heard of her, take a moment to familiarize yourself. Greta Christina’s interview Greg Laden’s reaction PZ Myers’ reaction

May 07 2012

Open thread on AETV 760

Yesterday on The Atheist Experience, Jen and Russell took a pretty good range of callers from across the spectrum.  Discuss.

May 03 2012

The structure of social revolutions, part 1

As I see it, atheism as a movement is about two things.  First, it’s about skepticism and the advancement of knowledge free of dogma.  Second, it’s about achieving social change.  We want to remove the stigma of atheism, allowing atheists to be open and honest about their non-belief while minimizing fear of prejudice and hostility …

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May 01 2012

Racial Profiling – a data mining perspective (WARNING: WONKY)


Sam Harris posted a piece called “In Defense of Profiling.”  PZ Myers posted a response explaining why that’s a terrible idea. In general it should go without saying that I agree with PZ, unless stated otherwise.  I just want to add a little something from the perspective of a computer science nerd whose been around …

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