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Oct 29 2013

Explaining scientific understanding to a creationist

Got this email:   My biggest question for you guys is… How do you believe that we (and by we, I mean the entire earth and all of its contents) are here? Of course Christians, like myself, believe in the 7 Days of Creation. I’m watching your television show (your showdown with Ray Comfort) and …

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Oct 22 2013

Lecture: How online social media is changing the face of atheism

This is the video of a lecture I gave on October 13 at the Austin History Center. The video is embedded here, and the transcript of the talk, with references, is also included below (as much as I had written down, at least). Some of my slides are also copied here.  

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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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Jun 24 2013

Reading list for atheists

I hear that Matt claimed on the last episode that I had made a blog post with a “top ten” book list for atheists. Actually, I only sent somebody an email with my list, but there was no blog post, so I thought I should make one. This is not an exhaustive list by any …

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Feb 18 2013

Why are so many theology schools asking their students to pass out questionnaires?

Just now I rejected three identical comments to three different blog posts from the same person. The text read as follows: Hello and to all atheists concerned: I am currently pursuing a masters in theology and this week’s class project requires that I interview 3 middle/high school candidates concerning a particular set of questions (If …

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Feb 02 2013

Review: “Freethought Resource Guide”

“A Directory of Information, Literature, Art, Organizations, & Internet Sites Related to Secular Humanism, Skepticism, Atheism & Agnosticism” —by Mark Vandebrake Website: http://freethoughtguide.com; Available now on Amazon.com   Mark Vandebrake has clearly put in a lot of hours and energy sorting through countless resources for the freethought community in this recently released book. Despite the fact …

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Sep 05 2012

Lady Godiva and a Forgotten Lesson about Honor

Do you recall the story of Lady Godiva? Most people recall an image of a woman with long flowing hair, on horseback, naked. But less people are actually familiar with the legend behind the image. In summary, the good Lady was married to a greedy tyrant who exacted painful levels of taxes from his subjects. …

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Apr 30 2012

Neil DeGrasse Tyson posts a surprisingly disappointing video

Let me be clear here: I loves me some Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Whether he’s smacking down end-of-the-world predictions, or calling out James Cameron for putting the wrong sky in Titanic, or just letting Jon Stewart know that the latest private enterprise spacefaring scheme is no bullshit, the guy has a lot of charm, and has …

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Nov 28 2011

Why I am an atheist

Russell here.  I’ve been feeling left out of PZ Myers’ series on how people became atheists, but I thought it would be greedy of me to try to guest post on his blog when we’ve got our own.  So instead, I’m posting my own story here. My parents are both of Jewish cultural/ethnic backgrounds, with …

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