Don baker

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Date registered: September 27, 2011

Latest posts

  1. God-based Abortion Policy: FAIL (Open thread on episode 719) — July 23, 2011
  2. Jesus F*cking Christ Contest — May 28, 2011
  3. About Last Weekend — May 3, 2011
  4. Sex and Religion survey — January 11, 2011
  5. Consanguineous bonds — January 4, 2011

Most commented posts

  1. Hooray, Mormons! — 195 comments
  2. How to mismanage a call on live TV… — 179 comments
  3. God-based Abortion Policy: FAIL (Open thread on episode 719) — 112 comments
  4. Answering the right questions… — 109 comments
  5. Don McLeroy’s idea of a real science book — 82 comments

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Jul 22 2010

What type of Theistic Skeptic are you?

I’ve obviously spent a lot of time on this subject and this will be a much shorter post. I’m simply going to categorize, for clarity, the different types of skeptical theists. I’ve named them after individuals who all self-identify as both skeptic and theist (some as a specific subtype, like Christian) and as skeptics. The …

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Jul 21 2010

More tilting at windmills?

There’s a new reader rant over at Skepchick and I have questions: Where are these people? Where are the “Atheists who proclaim no one with a religious belief should have anything to with Skepticism“? Where are the people who think, “That person is a Christian, he can’t think critically.“? Holy crap? Exaggerate much? Where are …

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Jul 20 2010

Less speculation, more testing…

In keeping with the discussion about whether or not ridicule or insults hinder the process of educating people: (This is presented as a rebuttal to accusations, not as an argument to engage in more ridicule or insult. Yes, it’s one study, but it’s better than the anecdotal opinions we’ve seen bandied about…) Journal of Educational …

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Jul 19 2010

Don’t be a dick?

I wasn’t able to attend TAM8, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at TAM7 and fully intend to attend future Amaz!ng Meetings. With any luck, Beth and I will be at TAM9. Every year, there are a great many people I respect and admire and that, coupled with the opportunity to socialize with other skeptics, …

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Jul 13 2010

Atheism and Skepticism

I’ve talked about the Skeptics’ Schism before…and I’m sure I’ll talk about it again. Here’s today’s take on the subject. I’d recommend reading D.J.’s post at the JREF site, and PZ Myers’ post that it links to. Seriously. They’re good posts and provide the needed context and background for this quote from Pamela Gay:   …

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Jul 07 2010


Posted without comment (other than the implied one…and that one…and that one….) “Dont use all Gods blessing and say you dont believe him. You think you dont need him, but you live on His dependency. That ishypocrisy. In next tv show, i would like that all of your members, create a sunand give to all …

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Jun 21 2010

More mail…

Left “as is”…and anonymous: “hey, Matt or whoever is reading this I recently stumbled onto your videos on you tube and I don’t know if you still remember a video of where you and a gentlemen who was Christian. were going back and forth over how you say your morally supine than God.” I may …

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Jun 10 2010

For those with questions about core values…

I enjoy reading Greta Christina‘s work…but this one is special: Get a Brain, Morons: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative I can’t begin to thank her enough for so beautifully summarizing the very reason my own views changed (something I’ve been struggling to do for ages).

May 20 2010

Draw Muhammad Day…

I support the efforts of Draw Muhammad Day. I took a few minutes and made a quick drawing and posted it to Facebook…and that was going to be the extent of my participation. Fortunately, our local religion reporter made a blog post and she couldn’t have managed to misrepresent the subject more, if she’d tried. …

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May 14 2010

A response to Ravi Zacharias’ “Six Questions to Ask an Atheist”-

Someone sent me a link to this via Facebook and after spending some time addressing it, I thought I’d post it here. It’s another long (though not insanely long) post, but it addresses the “questions” of a popular apologist that is often cited in e-mails from Christians. Zacharias’ original text is in black and my …

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