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Category Archive: skepticism

Sep 03 2008

Batman Begins, Gotham and Gomorrah: (Shows #556 & 562)

I have gotten repeated requests to provide some sort of summary on this two-part program. I’ve been slow to provide it, because, frankly, it’s a lot of material. But here goes: This show was billed as “How Batman Begins is based on the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.” However, it is fairer to say …

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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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May 28 2008

Yes, I know, it’s been rather quiet

That’s because it’s been a rather busy last week or so for me. But I can announce at least one exciting thing to look forward to in June, which is that I am, in fact, attending The Amaz!ng Meeting 6 in Vegas! Last year’s meeting was an experience I’ll always remember (and you can read …

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Mar 17 2008

Why and How

Many years ago, a Krishna friend said to me, “People often ask ‘why?,’ when what they really mean is ‘how?’” Initially, this statement confused me. But he explained it further. It made sense to me. And since that day, I have adopted his stance. On Yesterday’s show, we had a Christian caller who told us …

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Mar 09 2008

“What would convince you?”

Christians often get frustrated with atheists. They complain that no argument is good enough, that we must be even more dogmatic in our unbelief than they are in their belief. You see this whine reflected in the swiftness with which believers, desperate to refute Dawkins and the “new atheists,” began referring to them as “atheist …

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Mar 05 2008

You don’t take me seriously, but I’m disrespecting YOU?

I found an odd irony in an exchange recently. On another blog someone asked if atheists can expect fair treatment from presidential candidates who state their religious beliefs are very important to them in their own lives. While I do think it’s possible for a person to value X, but still understand and respect others …

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Jan 06 2008

Today on the show: Conspiracy theories

Rather than spend a lot of time today actually debunking those 9/11 conspiracies, I’m going to tackle an even less plausible one: the reptile people who live among us. No, I’m not making this up. See the Wikipedia page on it. Also see pages by crackpots supreme, John Rhodes and David Icke. This interview with …

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Dec 14 2007

Irrationalism hasn’t got a leg to stand on

None of you is likely to forgive me for the bad joke in the headline when you read this article. But still, I think this little event shows up the practical risks of embracing irrational beliefs in magic and the occult. So the next time some wide-eyed individual calls me a closed-minded old grumpus because …

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Dec 09 2007

Today on the show: Skeptical straw men in fiction

Tune in to the Atheist Experience for “Skeptical straw men in fiction”. Featuring: This lame old joke about a bullying atheist professor who turns out to be completely clueless about science. This is from years ago; my response was posted here. Evan Almighty, and other silly movies where God is a character in the story. …

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Nov 13 2007

Some corrections to this week’s TV show

This week when I did a show on pseudoscience, I was complaining about a reality show called “Phenomenon”, featuring Uri Geller and Criss Angel as the judges. I mistakenly claimed that this show was about contestants trying to prove that they have psychic powers. In addition to the person who called at the beginning of …

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