Sunday, July 31, 2011

Neil deGrasse Tyson- Fear of Numbers

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses America's Fear of Numbers as well as other things at The Amazing Meeting 2011 in Las Vegas.

Thanks to the JREF and James Randi!

Christian Sues for $50 Million

"Bradlee Dean (misspelling in video) alleges that he is a victim of slander due to his Biblical standards against homosexuality."

Sorry, Mr. Dean, but being exposed for the homophobic bigot that you are isn't slander. You might want to go look for the actual meaning of the word in a dictionary.

The Crusader-Christian foundations of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik

Article by Al Stefanelli

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What's my opinion on this? If anything, this should be a wake-up call to anybody who thinks that only Muslim extremists are terrorists and have been ignoring the Christian ones. And instead of complaining about how Anders Breivik isn't a "real Christian" and making up conspiracy theories about him (i.e. calling him a Freemason), Christians should be facing up to the fact that they've got bad apples in their tree, too. Using the No True Scotsman fallacy over and over again isn't going to make those bad apples go away. Own up to the fact that they exist and go after them.

If anybody among us atheists does something stupid, we don't go "Oh, he's not a 'real atheist'..." We make sure he knows that his actions or words are stupid and that his behavior is unacceptable.

The Texas Prayer Massacre

Friday, January 7, 2011

Black Atheists- Angels And Demons And God Oh My!

Why Teaching Creationism is Wrong

Army's "Spiritual Fitness" Test Comes Under Fire

Test Was Designed by Psychologist Who Inspired CIA's Torture Program

An experimental, Army mental-health, fitness initiative designed by the same psychologist whose work heavily influenced the psychological aspects of the Bush administration's torture program is under fire by civil rights groups and hundreds of active-duty soldiers. They say it unconstitutionally requires enlistees to believe in God or a "higher power" in order to be deemed "spiritually fit" to serve in the Army.

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a $125 million "holistic fitness program" unveiled in late 2009 and aimed at reducing the number of suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases, which have reached epidemic proportions over the past year due to multiple deployments to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the substandard care soldiers have received when they return from combat. The Army states that it can accomplish its goal by teaching its service members how to be psychologically resilient and resist "catastrophizing" traumatic events. Defense Department documents obtained by Truthout state CSF is Army Chief of Staff George Casey's "third highest priority."

CSF is comprised of the Soldier Fitness Tracker and Global Assessment Tool, which measures soldiers' "resilience" in five core areas: emotional, physical, family, social and spiritual. Soldiers fill out an online survey made up of more than 100 questions, and if the results fall into a red area, they are required to participate in remedial courses in a classroom or online setting to strengthen their resilience in the disciplines in which they received low scores. The test is administered every two years. More than 800,000 Army soldiers have taken it thus far.
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Richard Feynman's "The Relation of Science and Religion"

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Does Debating Accomplish Anything-The Thinking Atheist Podcast #12