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Aug 29 2012

Todd Akin is not an extremist

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The Republicans want you to think he is a fringe candidate, a wacky loner who just said something outrageous. But when you look at the voting record of Minnesota's Republicans, it becomes really clear: they all vote almost exactly as Todd Akin would on every abortion-related bill that comes up. It’s really rather stunning: Democrats …

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Aug 29 2012

Why I am an atheist – Nyq Only

Some christians ask me how I lost my faith or what took me away from god. I think, like many atheists, the question is almost nonsensical – it as if there is an assumed trauma or falling-out: that atheism is like a divorce or the end of a relationship. Perhaps for some it is exactly …

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Aug 28 2012

[Lounge #362]

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This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. The ferret is wondering what you people are talking about. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Aug 28 2012

The price of a hoax is too high

ghillie

That’s a ghillie suit over on the right. It’s used by the military and hunters as camouflage, and they’re fairly easy to get. You can also see how it could be used as a kind of Bigfoot costume, especially if you wore it in dim light. If you wanted to fool people into thinking Bigfoot …

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Aug 28 2012

I’m all for concentrating the stupid in one place

Do you remember Terry Hurlbut? Of course not. He’s another boring creationist whose schtick is to claim that creationists really are scientists — after all, Isaac Newton was a creationist. He also maintains something called the “Creationist Hall of Fame” which lists a lot of legitimate pre-Darwin thinkers and 20th century crackpots. His “Hall of …

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Aug 28 2012

That’s another good name

While everyone was getting enthusiastic about Atheism+, Michael Nugent wrote up a Manifesto to promote Ethical Atheism. Here’s the preamble: In real life, atheism means more than mere disbelief in gods, or belief that there are no gods. If you disbelieve in gods, it necessarily follows that you also disbelieve that we get our ideas …

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Aug 28 2012

Hispanic American Freethinkers

I know people who have been looking for this very organization: Hispanic American Freethinkers. Some Hispanics live without the fear of imaginary beings and superstitions. Some of us put our hope in science instead of prayer, witchcraft, or homeopathic medicine. We have chosen to live without religion, superstitions, spirits, or myths, and to trust reason …

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Aug 28 2012

Why I am an atheist – Mary

I come from a family of Christians who, while devout in their beliefs, are also quite private about them. My parents read children’s versions of Bible stories to me and occasionally took me to a church service, but we didn’t pray together and we rarely talked about God. This changed when I was about nine …

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Aug 27 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: I don’t think I want to hear that song

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(via NatGeo)

Aug 27 2012

This is my happy face

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Because my copy of Evolution: Making Sense of Life, by Carl Zimmer and Douglas Emlen, arrived today. Actually, I lied. My happy face is oscillating back and forth with my frowny face. My frowny face is saying that I’ve got too much work to do to enjoy a new evolution textbook, no matter how well …

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