Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 27 2012

Bad Science Proves Demigods Exist!

Scientists prove Beowulf and the Iliad are true stories! Not. Sometimes scientists can be so clueless, you just want to pat them on the head and go “Aw, that’s so sad.” To get up to speed on this new silliness, check out John Bohannon’s article for Science Now: Is Mythology Like Facebook?, which summarizes this …

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Jul 26 2012

Musical Aesthetics


It’s been two years since I updated my blogging on music, but alas it’s finally time to get up to speed! I promised I’d get around to it in my inaugural post here last year, where I listed my best and favorite blogs from my previous blogspot (which I still maintain, frozen in time), all …

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Jul 24 2012

Ehrman on Historicity Recap

This is a summary of the current state of the debate after the mini blog war between myself and Bart Ehrman over his latest book, Did Jesus Exist?, which attempted to argue against various scholars (both legitimate and crank) who have concluded, or at least suspect, that Jesus never really existed, but was an invention …

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Jul 20 2012

Three New Videos

The three best new videos of me of late are: (1) my talk at the Madison Freethought Festival: So…if Jesus Didn’t Exist, Where Did He Come from Then? (you can also view a PDF of the slideshow, lacking the animations); (2) my talk the year before for Wichita Rapture Day: You’re All Gonna Die!! How …

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Jul 12 2012

Proving History in San Francisco


I will be giving a talk summarizing and taking questions on my new book Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus in San Francisco on Saturday this 28th of July (2012), from roughly 4:30 to 7pm, in the banquet room at Schroeder’s, a popular German dining establishment downtown (240 Front St.). …

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Jul 11 2012

Is This Not the Carpenter?


A new book questioning the historicity of Jesus has just come out, with academic contributors of some esteem: Is This Not the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (a publication of the Copenhagen International Seminar: Equinox, 2012), edited by Thomas Thompson and Thomas Verenna. Neither Thompson nor Verenna are deniers …

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Jul 10 2012

Charity Legend Update

Last month I blogged about the huge drive to make history with atheist charity (This Is Atheist Charity). Well the ante has been upped. Time to get in the game. Right now. Here’s the urgent message from the home front: To further incentivize people to join local teams there are Registration Week promotions going on. …

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Jul 03 2012

On Sexual Harassment Policies


Ron Lindsay of CFI (a lawyer and legal scholar) has composed a brief, solid primer on why sexual harassment policies are necessary and how they actually work, in the context of CFI’s new policy adopted for conferences and events. See CFI’s New Policy on Hostile Conduct. It is illuminating because of his legal expertise and …

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