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Uncommon hypocrisy

I thought that silly Intelligent Design blog, Uncommon Descent, was going to have a new and enlightened comment policy, in which people would be allowed to criticize ID without risk of deletion. That’s what they said, at least. You knew it couldn’t be true: they’re already sharpening the knives to get rid of a persistent…

Talking dog is an atheist!

Last night’s Family Guy featured an unsurprising revelation about a character. (via Sunny Skeptic) The full episode is on Hulu.

At least, that’s the message I’m getting. You-know-who is once again trying to insist that the ethics of scientists includes everything except speaking the truth, and I’m not going to get into it —let Greg Laden deal with the heat from the stupid ‘framing’ argument this time. I will say that I’m damned tired of…

An echo from Michigan…

While I was in Michigan last week, CFI kept me dancing with multiple talks and a couple of interviews. You can download one of them right now: the Brayton interview (mp3).

Privileging belief

A horrible little cult in Baltimore committed an ugly crime. …they denied a 16-month-old boy food and water because he did not say “Amen” at mealtimes. After he died, they prayed over his body for days, expecting a resurrection, then packed it into a suitcase with mothballs. They left it in a shed in Philadelphia,…

You have to watch this loon making his case for how harmless global warming is in testimony with Lord Christopher Monckton (thanks, England…really, we have enough wacky ideologues without you sending yours over here). Monckton dismisses the problem of CO2 by claiming that CO2 levels were much higher in the pre-Cambrian, and that the stuff…

Oh, no. Richard Lynn, the fellow infamous for trying to link intelligence and race, is in the news again, this time trying to claim a causal relationship between atheism and intelligence. “Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ,” Lynn told the…

My kind of town!

The city of Hakodate in Japan has been producing promotional videos for the tourism trade for their city. Instead of the usual shots of local restaurants and famous landmarks, though, Hakodate features giant robots battling invading space squid, with explosions and smashed buildings and cars being kicked into the air. Alright, I’m sold. That’s much…

Radio reminder

Don’t miss this one! At 9am Sunday morning, Sean Carroll will be on Atheists Talk radio.