A Milestone & Many Thanks No need to click this link. We hit a milestone on Sunday with 250,000 hits. Coming up next week is our two year anniversary and we’ll put together a “best of” the past year like we did for our first year.
Evidence & Theory Explained - Revisited Why explaining the scientific method to those that reject it is likely pointless.
The Twelve Reasons I Don’t Believe in Supernatural Claims, Part I Really good post A.
The Dreadful Dangers of Learning to Think: A Cautionary Tale – By Jane Douglas Really good post B.
An Atheist Learns How to Be Angry – By Paul Fidalgo Really good post C.
The Mars block of links:
7 Minutes of Terror: Curiosity Rover's Risky Mars Landing Man alive, that was exciting!
Carl Sagan’s message to future explorers of Mars will cold-cock you right in the touchy feelies Just read it. Like I needed to convince you...
Curiosity Takes Us Back to Mars From NASA
The Next Generation of Mars Rovers Could Be Smaller Than Grains of Sand
Christian Sadism Proudly on Display I looked up this church after I posted this and they seem...well...here’s a quote: "Our 'Soul' Purpose: To Catch, Clean and Clone Souls for Jesus Christ!"
Crazy Ol' Pat Robertson Strikes Again Atheists are to blame for the Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting, donchya know!
Bryan Fischer Calls for “Underground Railroad” to Save Children of Same-Sex Families <vibrates with rage>
Rise of the new atheists “Ironically,...it’s the defenders of religion who are demeaning ordinary Americans. It’s they who are saying, implicitly, that the average person is irrationally stubborn and unintelligent and can’t be expected to respond rationally to criticism of their beliefs.”
Wrestling the Troll Sam Harris takes on his detractors and calls PZ out. I can’t say I’m not happy about that. However, I don’t mean to imply that I “hate” PZ or that he is entirely to blame as a “Shepherd of Trolls”, though the line made me laugh. It’s really not an easy discussion to wrap your head around. The topic of sexism, harassment, etc. is easy to figure out, but the rhetoric and dismissiveness in some of the “discussion” is ludicrous.
Related: Richard Dawkins writes to defend Sam Harris using a PZ Myers example in It's What Moral Philosophers Do. Huh...calm, reasoned thought and diplomacy! Who would consider such a crazy concept?
Cristina Rad - Gender Roles, Trolls & Sexual Harassment Policies Finally on this particular topic, we have the most reasoned thing anyone has had to say about all this.
Is David Barton's Sloppy Scholarship Starting to Catch up With Him? *gleefully shakes fist*
And then Barton’s book gets pulled!
'Plans' don't include sale to gay couple I do believe the Catholic Church done fucked up!
Is the Eridanus Void a "Universe-in-Mass" Black Hole One-Billion Light Years Across? This. Is. Crazy.
GOP insider: Religion destroyed my party: A veteran Republican says the religious right has taken over, and turned his party into anti-intellectual nuts
Israel’s Fading Democracy Of course any mention of this results in being called an anti-Semite.
Possible Egyptian pyramids found using Google Earth I really look forward to this technology being employed more often for this in the remote areas of the world. There really are a lot of areas where you can walk over a network of roads/causeways or even a low pyramid and not know it. I know. I’ve done it. It wasn’t until an expensive, labor intensive survey was undertaken until we realized the jungle floor we walked across for a few weeks was a causeway leading to that hill. *one week later* Holy shit that’s not a hill!
"Our gods are dead...They were more trouble than they were worth." I am an unrepentant Trek nerd.
Catholic Kung Fu Nuns This was just for the lulz.
So, You’ve Been Accused of Witchcraft… A flowchart.
The Conservative Lorax WATCH THIS NOW!