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Archives for July, 2011

Rebecca Watson at CFI

We’ve been missing one piece of information in all the condemning and howling and insanity of the Rebeccapocalypse: the notorious talk at CFI in which Watson hatefully and viciously tore into a poor innocent student and ripped her to shreds in public…or, at least, that’s how it’s been characterized by some people. Omission corrected: here’s…

It’s been one of those days. I gave my talk at #ssa2011, and unfortunately…my flash drive turned out to be unreadable on all of the machines there, so I had to do it without any visual aids. I ended up at several points waving at a blank screen and asking everyone to imagine what was…

An entirely predictable outcome

We all knew this was coming. Xiaotingia, the newly described feathered dinosaur, suggests a reevaluation of the taxonomic status of Archaeopteryx, so the creationists are stumbling all over each other to crow about the failure of science…which doesn’t make any sense, since reconsidering hypotheses in the light of new evidence is exactly what science is…

Hedges has been totally nuts for the last few years: he’s got this crazy irrational hysteria about atheists that makes him utterly unhinged whenever he writes about us. His latest is of a piece with his mania: The gravest threat we face from terrorism, as the killings in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik underscore, comes…

Episode CCXXXVI: I may skip this one

Kevin Smith’s next movie looks terrifying: Porky’s meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (Warning: video NSFW) (Last edition of TET; Current totals: 12,832 entries with 1,454,907 comments.)

Friday Cephalopod: Squee. Just squee.

Finally. Sorry, gang, I was stuck in a hotel with bad wifi this morning, then traveled all day, so finally, here you go. (via The Node, which also has awesome desktop calendars to download)

Use your littler words, Bill!

Oh, this is beautiful. Bill Nye (the Science Guy!) is being interviewed by a Fox News talking head who asks a surprisingly dumb question: Nye is talking about a volcano found on the moon, so he asks, “Does it go anywhere close to the climate change debate on earth?…we haven’t been up there burning fossil…

Who else but Christopher Hitchens? This year, Richard Dawkins himself will present AAA’s Richard Dawkins Award to Christopher Hitchens, who may accept in person or in absentia as his schedule permits. Christopher Hitchens is one of the most prolific modern writers and exponents of atheism; he has appeared on every major news and political television…

More declarations

That article I mentioned earlier about a collection of statements from atheists on why they don’t believe is now available at the New Statesman. You can read all of them, not just mine!