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Religious Belief and Moral Compasses

Greta Christina has written an excellent article about the Catholic child rape cover-up and the seemingly inexplicable apathy by… well… nearly everyone including Catholics.  Read the entire thing HERE. The general point of the post is to ask current Catholics, “Why are you still Catholic?” It’s a good question to ask.  Let’s imagine for a … Continue reading

Armies of Atheists

When I was writing my response to the Dalai Lama, I intentionally glossed over his lone mention of atheists.  Today I regret my decision.  Here’s what he said:  “Radical atheists issue blanket condemnations of those who hold to religious beliefs.” Let’s contrast that statement with this:  “Compassion is equally important in Islam — and recognizing … Continue reading

Response to the Dalai Lama

The May 24 NY Times has an OP-ED by Tenzin Gyatso addressing the “unity of faiths.”  You can find the article HERE. Gyatso begins by expressing his own personal epiphany and personal growth as he has been exposed to different religions: WHEN I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion … Continue reading

Do Bacteria Go To Heaven?

As most of you probably know, scientists have created the first “synthetic cell.”  Dr. Craig Venter’s team at the J. Craig Venter Institute have synthesized a cell using the DNA map from Mycoplasma mycoides, a goat pathogen.  It’s not too unlike the way student artists copy masterwork paintings.  The scientists had a map of the … Continue reading

Drawing Mohammed

I honestly didn’t want to address this, but I’m going to do it anyway.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or two, you should be told that tomorrow is “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” on Facebook.  The group was started by Molly Norris, a cartoonist who was offended that someone would … Continue reading

Tim Minchin Comments on The Pope

Sometimes, you just need an oompa beat and a lot of cursing.  Thank you, Tim Minchin.  I couldn’t have said it better myself. Fuck the motherfucker And fuck you, motherfucker If you think that motherfucker is sacred If you cover for another motherfucker who’s a kiddy fucker, fuck you! You’re no better then the mother … Continue reading

Denial

I’m happy to report that I’m more than a lone voice in the wilderness.  It turns out that I’m jumping on a bandwagon.   My article on scientific certainty came out the same day as a series of articles in New Scientist about denial.  The two subjects are closely related, so I’ll spend some time … Continue reading

What If You’re Wrong?

It’s true.  This is “the most simplest” question to answer.  Pascal didn’t even buy his own wager.  It’s a pretty good guess that within thirty minutes of the first person reading Pascal’s Wager, the first person had refuted it.  The really fun thing for a logician is how many different ways there are to illustrate … Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Non-Religion = Nietzsche?

A few weeks ago, I gave a resoundingly favorable review to Chris Hedges’ book, American Fascists.  I see it as a shining example of the bipartisanship that can exist between atheists and theists in America.  And for the record, no, I do not consider myself a part of the camp that believes faith-based worldviews and … Continue reading

Certainty and the Scientific Mind

I’ve written several articles about what science is and how we all function as scientists in our day to day lives.  If you haven’t visited my page on science vs. religion, it wouldn’t hurt to go there before reading this entry.  (Hint:  Look at the page tabs right above my lovely landscape at the top … Continue reading

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