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Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 17 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism is Not Faith

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! It is simply not true that atheism is just as much a matter of faith as religion. Most atheists can tell you what evidence they’d accept to …

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Dec 16 2009

Show Me the Money: Religion, Evidence, and the Parade of Excuses

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. What evidence do religious believers have for their beliefs? And when they’re asked what evidence they have, how do believers respond? In my conversations with religious believers, I’ll often ask, “Why do you think God or the supernatural exists? What makes you think this is true? What evidence …

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Dec 16 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Being Dead Is Like Not Being Born Yet

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheism does have comfort to offer in the face of death. Among other things, it offers the idea that death is not to be feared: being dead …

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Dec 15 2009

New Fishnet Story: “Anything Can Happen”

Fishnet has a new story up! The online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing, Fishnet, has a new story up for you to enjoy. It’s titled Anything Can Happen, by Olivia London, and here’s the teaser: He had a craggy face, prematurely lined, no doubt from hard living. He was wiry but muscular, like he could …

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Dec 15 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Pascal’s Wager = Abusive Dating

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “Believing in God is a safer bet” is a terrible reason to believe in God. If you believe because you fear being punished for not believing, it’s …

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Dec 14 2009

Why Did Gayness Evolve?

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. In it, I discuss the current scientific thinking about sexual orientation being genetically determined, at least partly if not mostly or entirely. I pose the question that this thinking automatically leads to: namely, if homosexuality evolved, why? What evolutionary purpose would it serve? And I …

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Dec 14 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: “Not Absolutely Disproven” /= Plausible

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “You can’t disprove it with 100% certainty, therefore it’s reasonable to think it’s true” is not a good argument. Almost nothing can be disproven with 100% certainty …

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Dec 11 2009

Trying Anything Twice

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sex life in a certain amount of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read that, please don’t. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I don’t remember where I first heard it — and Google is coming up short, mostly it’s sending me …

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Dec 11 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Coincidences Happen

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “That can’t possibly be a coincidence!” is not a good argument for God or the supernatural. True, the chances of any given improbable thing happening are, well, …

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Dec 10 2009

The Atheist Movement Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sewing Circle

So apparently, what’s wrong with the atheist movement is that it’s too angry, too confrontational, not friendly enough. And the way to fix that is to get more women into positions of visibility in the movement — since women are so much less angry and so much more friendly than men. Women are reluctant to …

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