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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 28 2011

The abuse thread

I am so bogged down in work…I’m clinging on to the faint hope of liberation as all my deadlines are past next Tuesday (and they will be met! They must!), but until then, I’m thoroughly tied up and sweating over a gazillion things that have to be finished right now. So blogging will be light …

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Sep 28 2011

Have you got plans for May?

Maybe you should make some. Visiting Köln looks like a good idea. Atheists from Europe and around the world will meet in Cologne, Germany on 25 – 27 May for the “2012 European Atheist Convention: Perspectives of Atheism – national, regional, global”, co-hosted by Internationaler Bund der Konfessionslosen und Atheisten (IBKA, International League of Non-Religious …

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Sep 28 2011

The Grand Republican Plan

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Brilliant! This will balance the budget…and leave me unemployed. (Also on Sb)

Sep 27 2011

That Nobel time of year

The Nobel Prizes start getting awarded next week, so now is the time to make your predictions in a contest to win an iPad2. I’m afraid, though, I’ve already got a lock on it: I’m predicting that Walt Brown and Bob Enyart, the most brilliant scientific minds ever, are going to win it this year. …

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Sep 27 2011

Urge to kill…fading…fading…fading

Steven Pinker has a new book coming out next week, and I’m very much looking forward to it. It is titled The Better Angels Of Our Nature: How Violence Has Declined, and its premise is that humans have been becoming increasingly less violent over time. I’m very sympathetic to this view: I think cooperation, not …

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Sep 27 2011

Atheism has a sexism problem

It’s rather like a case of acne; we’ve got it, people are pointing it out, and we’re trying out denial as a solution. It doesn’t work. I think Victoria Bekiempis is quite right in pointing out that New Atheism is a boys’ club. But other female atheists are blunt in their assessment of why the …

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Sep 27 2011

Episode CCLVII: I wonder if this is what the Endless Thread looks like to outsiders?

Yeah, we are a rather weird bunch. (Episode CCLVI: America’s Best Christian explains prayer.)

Sep 26 2011

Bob Enyart and Will Duffy, partners in idiocy

We’ve got another chittering weasel of a creationist raving in the comments, a fellow going by the name YesYouNeedJesus. He’s also sending me email. PZ, I first heard about you on Bob Enyart’s radio show about the fact that you turned down an offer to debate Bob. I must say that my first impression of …

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Sep 26 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Beetle TRIUMPHANT!

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(via National Geographic (Also on Sb)

Sep 26 2011

They must like me in Ohio

I seem to be flying there a lot in coming weeks. I’m going to be at The 2011 Humanism Award Banquet, honoring Page Stephens for his work in skepticism, on 30 September (Friday! Soon!). Then I’m flying down again on 15-16 October for the Free Inquiry Group 20th Anniversary Celebration in Cincinnati — although it …

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