You’re all familiar with the Global Atheist Convention 2012, right? It’s a massive event being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from April 13th-15th, featuring both international and local speakers – philosophers, scientists, writers, comedians, and more – who will all be discussing various topics surrounding atheism or non-belief in religion. My good friend Kylie Sturgess (along with Australian comedian Lawrence Leung) will be MC-ing it. What, you’ve never heard of it? How curious.
Anyway, whether or [...]
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The Novellatron – the skeptical, alien-made robot also known as Dr. Steven Novella – has many detractors in the worlds of pseudoscience and antiscience, but none that I would call his nemesis: other than perhaps that of Dr. Michael Egnor, conservative Catholic neurosurgeon and ID proponent. Hmm, then again, maybe “nemesis” is too strong a word, and one that gives too much credit to Egnor. But he does seem to be the one person that keeps coming back for more slices of Novellatron pie, time after time, as unwise [...]
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While I’m not surprised to see yet another opinion article in The Age newspaper here in Melbourne today about religion and atheism, as it seems to be a popular topic in the long-tailed aftermath of the Global Atheist Convention in March, I am surprised at the level of obfuscation and confusion that makes up this bulk of this article.
Madeleine Bunting is a Guardian columnist, and her latest article, entitled “Atheists win a battle but may lose the war” takes a stab (shock horror!) at the New Atheist [...]
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I’ll be away over the weekend without Internet access, so I thought I might leave a little discussion thread behind for everyone to get involved in.
Last night I had a small discussion with someone about “respecting religion”, and how I wasn’t, in their eyes, doing that. That lead me to think – what exactly is “respecting” religion, anyway? I can’t think of anything that I’m doing that could be considered disrespectful…
…but maybe all you theists can. Or, if you’re atheists like me (who I assume, for some reason, [...]
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The following is a short guest post from Robert Nijssen of the Gibburt blog, on the nature of science and religion, and why they do not conflict. I’m sure everyone has their own opinions on this topic, so I’d strongly encourage you all to share your thoughts in the comments under this post.
The Origin of Species vs. Genesis, What do you believe? by Robert Nijssen
Each time a discussion comes up on Darwin’s evolutionary theory, somewhere in that discussion someone says that he believes or does [...]
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Politics is not my thing, really. Growing up in a moderately left-wing household, I clearly have my biases, but I try to steer clear of political discussions. Knowing that, I reckon that it shows pretty well though what I write – tiptoe around the politics, and grab for any little bit of science or skepticism that there is in the issue.
Dianne, from Twitter, sent me an article written by David Penberthy, a political author for the Australian opinion website The Punch, about the healing power [...]
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This is a rare kind of post for me – I usually write about creationism or skepticism as applied to science, not religion and atheism. This is probably because I’m not one of those atheists that reads the Bible to refute it, or delves deeply into apologetics arguments in order to deconstruct them. Nothing against you guys that do that, I love what you do, but I’m just not one of those people who does that.
However, once in a while I come across a piece of Internet work that [...]
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This is one of the funniest YouTube videos I’ve seen in a while. Crafted by the guys over at fstdt.com, it’s a collection of actual things said/typed on Christian fundamentalist forums. While the statements are funny in their own right, the presentation tops it off, and makes it deserve the viral status that it is currently enjoying since it was uploaded a week ago.
If a creationist used these arguments on me, they’d win the debate. Why? Well, I’d be too busy laughing to rebut their arguments. The [...]
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I listen to a lot of podcasts. I’m lucky, because unlike most people I have quite a bit of free time in which to listen to them: going to and from school in the morning and afternoon, time after homework at home, during lunch at school, during free periods at school whilst doing homework, etc. I’m sure you get the idea.
At last count, ie. thirty seconds ago, I had forty-five podcasts in my iTunes podcast directory library thingy, or whatever the hell it’s called, with most of the skeptical [...]
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Dear Ray Comfort,
In a recent blog post, entitled Horse to Water, you make the simple claim that “you can lead an atheist to evidence, but you can’t make him think”. As someone who falls under the label of atheist, I would like to make an open offer for you to present me with any evidence you think would be sufficient to change my worldview regarding the existence of deities. I am open-minded and not dogmatically grounded in disbelief, however this would not make me any less [...]
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