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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30 2013

Open Thread AE 833: Religion & Depression

On the show I discussed the study published in Psychological Medicine that examined the relationship between religious beliefs and major depression. The prevailing view has been that religious belief provided some protective and/or mitigating effect on major depression. This study puts a serious dent in that view with its conclusion that “These results do not …

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Sep 25 2013

Online atheist forums

The Atheist Experience gets a lot of email. Way more email than we can possibly respond to. In some cases, one person will write to us many times, seeing us as a sort of atheist pen pal. Although I enjoy filling that role sometimes, most of the time we’re stretched too thin to be a …

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Sep 23 2013

Open thread on AETV #832: Indoctrination

Tracie and Russell discuss indoctrination and field viewer calls. [...]

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Sep 16 2013

Open thread on AETV #831: God’s mistakes

Don and Russell talk about the mistakes the god of the Bible makes.

Sep 13 2013

World History Text Mentions Islam—Florida’s Christian Right Shits Itself

So, I see the headline, “Brevard School Board wants 10-member panel to compile textbook supplement,” and as I read just a little further, I believe I smell a religious rat. I want to be objective going in, but the accusation (including the level of response) that Prentice Hall would be selling a textbook with “pro-Islamic …

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Sep 10 2013

Mail bag odds and ends: Which God don’t you believe in?

This is just a minor email topic that came up, and probably familiar territory to most viewers. Even so, it’s been a while since we posted anything that wasn’t an announcement or an open thread, so here’s a topic to chatter about. This exchange was actually kind of long and tedious, because the person kept …

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Sep 08 2013

Open thread on AETV #830: Christian extended universe

Russell and Lynnea Glasser, together with a big old book of Irish Folklore. The old stuff is canon, yet the new stuff is relegated to forever be just fan fiction. What makes it less credible? One creationist caller was totally willing to take seriously the idea of giant snakes, faeries, and a really stupid devil …

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Sep 06 2013

Bat cruise coming

I guess it’s for real now, since PZ Myers mentioned his upcoming appearance in Austin. There are still spots available on the boat now, and it’s coming up in just three weeks, so get moving! You can read about the event and purchase tickets here. Update:  The lecture begins at 3 PM on Saturday, September …

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Sep 06 2013

Open thread: Non-Prophets 12.3

It’s up! This week on The Non-Prophets: My son Ben does his annual report on Camp Quest Texas. Pat Robertson believes that gay people are stabbing straight people with AIDS-infected poison rings. Measles outbreak is caused indirectly by anti-vaxxers. Mormonism is in trouble because of the internet. A skeptic leader in India is murdered. Some …

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Sep 01 2013

Open thread on episode #829: The kinder, gentler AXP

A couple of days ago, we got another email from an atheist, chiding us about what big meanies we are on the show. It was the usual tone-trolling thing: “You will surely admit that your show creates a great deal of anger and resentment in many of your viewers.” Why do guys like that automatically …

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