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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 30 2011

The Vatican, Harry Potter, and Why My Brain Wants to Flee

Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. According to Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist — and doesn’t it just gladden your heart that, in 2011, the Vatican still has a chief exorcist, or indeed any exorcist at all? Sorry. Getting off topic. Although not really. Anyway. According to Father Gabriele Amorth, the …

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Nov 30 2011

The Religious Right Vs. Every Woman on Earth: Rebecca Watson’s Talk at Skepticon 4

Rebecca Watson has an incredible superpower. When she does public speaking, she has an approach that’s casual, friendly, chatty, hilariously funny, and just generally pleasant and enjoyable to listen to… and then, without you even realizing it, she slams these hard and powerful ideas into your head. (It’s a power she shares with Jen McCreight. …

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Nov 30 2011

#mencallmethings: “uglyass librarian”

Comment posted on the YouTube video of my Skepticon 4 talk: “Damn…now they are going to think all unbelieving women look like uglyass librarians!” Right. And now they are going to think all unbelieving men sound like misogynist assholes. I’m devastated. No, wait. What’s that other thing? Annoyed. Exasperated. Facepalming so hard my eyes are …

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Nov 29 2011

The Straw Vulcan: Julia Galef’s Talk at Skepticon 4

I know, I know. I keep saying “This was one of my favorite things from Skepticon 4.” That’s just how it is. Skepticon 4 was loaded with awesome. And Julia Galef’s talk on “The Straw Vulcan” was one of the awesomer pieces of awesome. She talks about pop- culture depictions of skepticism and rationality, especially …

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Nov 28 2011

Mental Illness and Why The Skeptic Community Should Give a Shit: JT Eberhard’s Talk at Skepticon 4

Everyone and their great-aunt Martha has been talking about this video — as they should be. I don’t know if I have anything to add. All I can really say is: If you have not seen this talk, I passionately urge you to do so. JT Eberhard speaks, with intense honesty and courage and eloquence, …

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Nov 28 2011

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? My Talk at Skepticon 4

My talk at Skepticon 4, “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”, has been posted on YouTube! In what I hope is both an entertaining rant and a rousing call to action, I talk about atheist anger. I talk about whether the perception of the so-called “new atheist” movement as a fundamentally angry one is even …

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Nov 28 2011

Intransitive Gratitude: Feeling Thankful in a Godless World

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If you don’t believe in God, what does gratitude mean? I don’t mean specific gratitude towards specific people for specific benevolent acts. I mean that more broad, general, sweeping sense of gratitude: gratitude for things like good health, having food to eat, having friends and family, the mere fact of being alive at all. I …

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Nov 28 2011

Brother Sam Singleton’s Atheist Revival: Video from Skepticon 4

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Brother Sam Singleton. Easily one of the highlights of Skepticon 4. Okay, there were a whole lot of highlights of Skepticon 4, and over the next few days, I’m going to be saying “This was one of the highlights of Skepticon 4″ a lot. And I’m going to mean it every time. But I want …

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Nov 24 2011

Thanksgiving Religious Debate — All in the Family

Ingrid saw this on Facebook, and it was too priceless not to share. It’s a clip from an “All in the Family” episode from the ’70s… where the families get into an argument about religion and atheism. It’s amazing: a) how relevant it is — the exact same argument is happening all over the Internet …

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Nov 24 2011

What Atheists Are Thankful For

What are atheists thankful for? At Skepticon IV, the Fellowship of Freethought Dallas were videoing attendees/ speakers/ organizers/ vendors/ passers-by, asking us what we were thankful for. The results are thoughtful, sweet, giddy, funny, joyful, touching, occasionally freaky, and almost uniformly inspiring. I found myself riveted for the entire fifteen minutes. (I weigh in at …

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