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Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 28 2010

Greta Speaking in San Francisco, Sat. May 29: “What can the atheist movement learn from the gay movement?”

One final reminder: I’ll be speaking in San Francisco tomorrow — that’s Saturday, May 29, at 6pm — for San Francisco Atheists group. My topic: What can the Atheist movement learn from the gay movement? The atheist movement is already modeling itself on the LGBT movement in many ways — most obviously with its focus …

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May 28 2010

New Fishnet Story: “The Great White”

The man behind the counter said it was new in. The large conical shaped snout, the upper and lower lobes on the tail fin, the side gills, they are all anatomically correct. The rows of razor sharp teeth have been replaced with soft and pliable plastic incisors, each one acting as a stimulator similar to …

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May 28 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Difference Between Proof and Plausibility

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Very few claims can be proven or disproven with 100% certainty. But we can still assess whether those claims are more or less likely to be true. And that includes religion. …

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May 27 2010

Lady Gaga: Music Videos As Porn

I realize that I’m late to the Lady Gaga party. (Hey, I’m 48 years old. Cut me some slack.) But I gotta say — I’m impressed. If I just listened to her music, I’d only be moderately interested. I think her music is perfectly fun, well- above- average dance pop music. But I’ve been watching …

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May 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheist Activism Does Work

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Trying to persuade people out of religious belief does sometimes work, and is not a waste of time. Rates of non-belief are going up dramatically, around the US and around the …

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May 26 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Universe Is Not Finely-Tuned for Life

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! The universe is not finely-tuned for life. The overwhelming majority of the universe is completely inhospitable to life, and life on Earth has a maximum of about a billion more years …

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May 25 2010

Why Are You Still Catholic?

This is an expanded version of a piece that was first published on AlterNet. If your softball league or your children’s school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you’d quit in outrage. So why are you still Catholic? For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you: Why are …

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May 25 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: There Is No God-Shaped Hole in Our Hearts

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists do not have a God-shaped hole in our hearts. The human yearning for something more, for experience that transforms and transcends the ordinary, can be met by many things: love, …

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May 24 2010

Sex and the Off-Label Use of Our Bodies

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. What are our bodies meant for? One of the most common condemnations of non-standard sex — from homosexuality to masturbation — is “that’s not what those body parts were meant for.” Genitals and sexual desire were supposedly designed for reproduction, and reproduction alone: by God (as …

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May 24 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religious Claims Ought to be Verifiable

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! If your religious beliefs make claims about the physical world, and the effect God or the supernatural has on it, those claims ought to be testable, subject to standards of verification. …

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