Category Archive: Atheism

Jan 26 2014

Engaging silly beliefs in multiple ways

John Wilkins discusses the utility of believing in nonsense. He knows some members of a branch of the Plymouth Brethren down there in Australia; they’re a pretty distinctive sect here where I live, too. The interesting thing about them is their intentional isolation. They don’t proselytize, they don’t even talk much to us outsiders, and …

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Jan 24 2014


I have seen scientism, and it’s usually not us. The most blatant example recently was Pinker’s appalling essay in which he suggested that Hume could have used some instruction in molecular biology; I’ve seen people like Hawking and Krauss claim that philosophy is dead, killed by science. But usually the prominent atheists manage to step …

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Jan 16 2014


A week from Tuesday, UMM will host a distinguished visitor whose anti-war work I respect, but who otherwise is a raving nutcase. And wouldn’t you know it, his talk is specifically centered dead on the topic in which he is an ignoramus: Chris Hedges will be lecturing us on The New Atheists as Secular Fundamentalists. …

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Jan 14 2014

Essential reading for conference organizers

Alex Gabriel has written an article about 10 Ways to Make Sure the Atheist Movement Is Not Just for the Wealthy. I mostly agree with it, but I’d add another point, and his #8 is, well, problematic. 8. Pay your speakers—well. Speakers’ fees are commonplace in U.S. atheism. Britain lags far behind. It shows. Our …

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Jan 12 2014

Non-believers of color

A nice short documentary featuring several of our colleagues at Black Skeptics. One interesting bit was the focus on media portrayals of black people: they’re all supposed to be religious, and black atheists are shunned, as several clips show.

Jan 08 2014

Sikivu tells it like it is

She tears into a phenomenon that bothers me, too: white evangelical ministers jumping ship for atheism, being embraced by atheists, and tainting atheism with the Christian culture. In particular, there’s this awful parasite, Ryan Bell, who’s only just trying out atheism for a year, which is simply ridiculous — it’s not a set of superficial …

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Jan 04 2014

David Silverman is getting soft!


The billboard American Atheists have put up in Salt Lake City is…nice. Not very aggressive at all. I don’t know about this — I rather like them being a bit in-your-face. Of course, even with a gentle sign, the Salt Lake Tribune seems a little weirded out. First they express mild surprise that atheists are …

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Dec 28 2013

Maybe this will finally drive the libertarians out of atheism

There’s no profit in atheism!

Dec 26 2013

I may have to watch that movie again

An interesting philosophy paper: ‘That Man Behind the Curtain’: Atheism and Belief in The Wizard of Oz. I don’t think the movie The Wizard of Oz is exactly an atheist movie, but represents the current transition we’re experiencing, where the old-fashioned beliefs are becoming increasingly untenable and unsupported by the culture as a whole, while …

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Dec 25 2013

I don’t smile back at the smiley pope

The pope has included (nominally) atheists in his Christmas message. He proved unpredictable again on Wednesday, when he went off script to include atheists in his call for peace, rare for a Catholic leader. “I invite even nonbelievers to desire peace,” he said. “Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, …

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