Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 30 2010

Absolute morality vs absolute adorability

There may not be absolute morality, but I’m sure there is an objective standard against which cuteness may be measured. Watch these two videos and see what you think.

Sep 30 2010

Happy Blasphemy Day! Up your god’s arse!

Today is International Blasphemy Day. Atheists everywhere are insulting your invisible deity, whomever he or she might (not) be, in protest of the stripping of rights, in certain countries, to publicly and vocally disbelieve in anything that someone might find offensive. These countries include Canada, in a limited fashion thankfully, but the fact that Canada …

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Sep 29 2010

Potentially Earth-like exoplanet found, and other science bits

The most Earth-like planet yet has been found orbiting a red dwarf star within the Goldilocks zone (wherein liquid water can exist at the surface). It is tidally locked with its star, and it has gravity enough to maintain an atmosphere, being a mere 20%-50% larger than Earth. A paper detailing the find by Vogt …

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Sep 27 2010

Colbert actually has a point on immigration

I have to say, I absolutely love the way Stephen Colbert constantly injects himself into the political discourse. Even though he’s making fun of the Republicans, he’s able to stick the shiv right under their ribs by pretending to be one of them. And over this particular comedy routine, making fun of the blanket Republican …

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Sep 26 2010

The No True Scotsman fallacy

This video is an excellent breakdown of the No True Scotsman fallacy, which you’ll often come across while debating dogmatists of all stripes. I’m fairly certain that the whole “Hitler is an atheist” canard came directly from someone using a No True Scotsman fallacy that, through a game of telephone after being employed in debate …

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Sep 25 2010

Singin’ In the Rain

This could possibly be the best thing ever. EVER.

Sep 24 2010

Neil deGrasse Tyson on religion’s effect on scientific progress

It’s important to note that “naming rights” may not be the best way to gauge who has progressed the scientific frontiers in any one era, but it IS, at least, a good indicator as to who was looking for new information, and who clamped down on scientific progress in deference to scriptures. It’s also important …

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Sep 23 2010

Atheist Blogroll needs help

In case you weren’t aware, for the last week or so, blogrolling.com has been reported as malware, giving people errors when trying to view my blog via Firefox or Chrome. It turns out they’re actually in the process of shutting down (and rather unceremoniously at that!), sending a brief e-mail to their users saying “so …

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Sep 23 2010

How skeptics and the credulous differ

Youtube user C0nc0rdance discusses skepticism, “psi of the gaps”, and the difference in thought processes behind the scientifically minded and credulous “woo-believers”, specifically when confronted with anomalies in the data. You’ll find a lot of overlap between creationism, astrology, ghost-hunters, psychics, et cetera. This kind of thinking is what I, as a skeptic, have made …

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Sep 22 2010

Richard Dawkins’ Pope Protest speech

I can’t find much to argue with here. Pope Ratzinger’s misdirective gambit, in blaming atheists for the Catholic-inspired and Catholic-sanctioned anti-Jew Holocaust during WW2, is revisionist and false and at the very best an execrable example as to how fallible the supposedly-infallible Pope actually is.

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