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Monthly Archive: February 2010

Feb 18 2010

Old People Believe, Therefore It Must Be True: Religion and a Particularly Bad Argument from Popularity

Of all the bad apologetics and mind-bogglingly terrible pieces of so-called “evidence” for God’s existence that I’ve seen, this one is the latest.* “People who have been Christians their entire lives tend to remain Christians and not change their mind in their old age. Therefore, God exists.” No, really. I’m serious. From Friendly Atheist comes …

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Feb 18 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Secular Faith /= Religious 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! The secular meaning of “faith” is very different from the religious meaning. Secular faith means trust, hope, confidence: a possibly wrong but still reasonable conclusion, and a …

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Feb 17 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “No Atheists in Foxholes” is Bigotry

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! To say “You atheists will give up your atheism in a hurry when you’re facing death and disaster” is insulting as well as untrue. If you wouldn’t …

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Feb 16 2010

101 Positions That Won’t Spice Up Your Sex Life

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. If you’ve been around the sex world much, you’ve probably seen this sort of sex advice book a lot. “101 Sex Positions for Intrepid Couples.” “50 Peppery Positions for a Spicy Sex Life.” “(X) Number of Incendiary Positions to Heat Up the Bedroom.” They’re generally illustrated …

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Feb 16 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism is Not “Just Another Religion”

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 is not “just another religion” or “a belief system like any other.” Atheism is a conclusion based on the available evidence; if atheists see better evidence …

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Feb 15 2010

What Can the Atheist Movement Learn from the Gay Movement?

This is the text of the talk I gave on Saturday at the Secular Student Alliance Northern California Regional Leadership Summit. I want to talk today about what the atheist movement can learn from the gay/ lesbian/ bi/ trans movement. The atheist movement is already modeling ourselves in many ways on the LGBT movement. And …

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Feb 15 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Burden of Proof

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 not up to atheists to prove that God doesn’t exist. It is up to believers to prove that God does exist — or at least, …

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Feb 14 2010

A Skeptic’s View of Love

I’m reposting this piece from last year. Happy Valentine’s Day! What does it mean to have a skeptical view of love? I don’t mean having a cynical attitude about love. (Funny how the words “skepticism” and “cynicism” get conflated.) I mean taking a skeptical, materialist, entirely non-woo view of life — and applying it to …

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Feb 12 2010

Why We Don’t Need Religion to Give Life Mystery

“What does Dr. Bloody Bronowski know about it?” “He knows everything!” “Oh, I wouldn’t like that. It’d take all the mystery out of life.” It takes all the mystery out of life. This is an argument that sometimes gets made against the atheist/ materialist/ naturalist view of life. Naturalism is too reductionist, the argument goes. …

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Feb 12 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion As It’s Commonly Practiced

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! “Your critique of religion doesn’t address modern theology, therefore it isn’t valid” is a terrible argument against atheism. Most atheists care about religion as it’s commonly practiced …

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