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My feelings are crushed

The NCSE has put out a press release congratulating Ayala for his Templeton Prize, and thanking him for his support of NCSE. It also parrots his defense of the compatibility of science and religion. You know, I’ve been a long-time supporter of the NCSE, a vocal crusader for better science education and against creationism, and…

Turn off your TV

You could also smack it with a hammer and set it on fire. More mass media lunacy is looming, with a new show on TLC called Paranormal Court. Robert Hansen, a psychic medium famous among people who believe in psychic mediums, will mediate disputes between family members squabbling over possessions left behind by the deceased.…

Speaking of the ABC, I revisited their Global Atheist Convention blog, which I can say without hesitation was absolutely the worst effort any of the media put out. I think I prefer the blatant stupidity of a Gary Ablett to the mawkish blitherings of a gang of pious apologists — at least it’s honest. And…

I can’t complain much about this coverage: ABC plays big chunks of the talks by PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer. Natasha Mitchell, the host, just lets us talk. She also has the complete and unedited recordings of the talks by Dawkins and myself on her blog. Although, apparently, I run a cult.…

These guys are dangerous nuts

Mike Vanderboegh is one of those teabagger patriots — he’s very upset about illegal immigrants, he’s one of those paramilitary fanatics, he hates Democrats, and lately he’s gotten completely unhinged about the passage of our watered down health care bill. He’s so irate that now he’s publicly inciting violence (which is nothing new, he’s been…

The London Times has a piece on Ayala’s Templeton prize, and it annoys me early: Professor Francisco Ayala, who won the £1 million Templeton Prize for scientific thought, Say what? There’s no amount of science you can do that will win you a Templeton prize. It’s a prize for religious apologetics, nothing more. And then…

Prognostication Poll for Palin

This poll misses a golden opportunity. What do you think Sarah Palin should do next? Run for president. 46% Run for some other office. 5% Continue speaking as private citizen. 10% Something else. 40% “Something else”? But what? I can imagine lots of things I’d like to see Sarah Palin do…like get an education, or…

The regal figure to the right is Terrill Dalton. He had a vision that revealed that he, personally, was the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ’s dad. Who knew the Holy Ghost would look a bit like the Pillsbury Doughboy? Anyway, the Holy Ghost has come down a bit in the world. He’s now living in a…

Moi? On a podcast?

Yeah, I’m on Skeptic Zone #75. I think this is the one recorded in the pub in Canberra, with Dr Rachael Dunlop.

The attack beasts of Pharyngula have been talking about their pets, so here are some vicious carnivores devouring their prey. Talk about whatever you want.