Atheist Will Give Tulsa Council “Prayer”

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 29, 2012

The good news: the Tulsa, Oklahoma, city council will have its opening invocation given by an atheist in place of the usual prayer by some community cleric. The bad news?

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“ParaNorman”  (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 28, 2012

The new animated movie, ParaNorman, is rated PG, meaning “Parental Guidance suggested.” However, I would recommend a different rating: RIP.

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The Morning Heresy 8/28/12: Adam Curry Breaks My Heart

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2012

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Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Athiesm+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing.

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Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/27/12: The Impossible Wrongness

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 27, 2012

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After a week or so of all-Atheism+-all-the-time, CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes a step back and a deep breath, giving a careful, reasoned look at this burgeoning idea.

Check out HuffPost Live today at 1pm EST to see Ron join the panel to talk about doing good without God in everyday life.  

Is Moby a CFI fan? Kinda looks that way

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Some Observations About Atheism Plus

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 27, 2012

WARNING: This post contains mild language, constructive criticism, occasional reasoning, and no invective (except by way of parody).

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A Concise Review of a Clump of Matter

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 25, 2012

Just read the book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality. It is a clump of matter. The author, Alex Rosenberg, assures it is. Further, as a clump of matter it cannot be about anything, because “one clump of matter can’t be about another clump of matter,” and clumps of matter (or more precisely, fermions and bosons) are all there is (emphasis in original).

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The Morning Heresy 8/24/12: Steve Jobs the Half-Yak

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 24, 2012

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Cardinal Dolan will be delivering the concluding benediction at next week's Republican National Convention (a convention I fully intend to be live-tweeting with glee and horror). This prompts Sarah Posner to say, "the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] has unequivocally attached itself at the hip to the Republican Party." (Or, as Balloon Juice's John Cole puts it, "The Separation of Church and State. Oh, F*** It.")

The Atlantic profiles Dr. Harvey Karp, the media-star pediatrician (whose videos and books my wife and I have been learning from) -- why do I link it here? Dig it, and sigh heavily:

Readers’ early complaints about The Happiest Toddler . . . concerned its purported assault on creationism. “His references to monkeys/­apes and the human race [are] not for this Christian family,” wrote one BarnesandNoble.com reviewer. Karp caved. The “charming chimp-child” and “knee-high Neander­thal” have been purged from later editions of the book, as have all references to Homo habilis, the “missing link,” and, in short, the entire Karpian ontological toddler schema.

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The Morning Heresy 8/23/12: Lonely Rick Warren

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 23, 2012

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James Croft gives what I think is a refreshing review of what the heck it is we mean by "humanism," and being reminded, I like it very much indeed. 

At Friendly Atheist, I review the candidates' paeans to faithiness in Cathedral Age, which I compare to the 2008 ring-kissing of Rick Warren by Obama and McCain.

Coincidentally! Obama and Romney this time around have declined to take part in a Rick Warren ego-inflation event, and Warren is pretending that he was the one who called it off because he's so disappointed with the tone of the campaign. Oh, Rick. Rick, Rick, Rick. 

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What Is Religious Humanism—Really?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 23, 2012

There's been a flurry of interest in the idea of "Atheism-Plus" or "A+" -- atheism that incorporates a strong values component. Essentially it's secular humanism by another name, except that some advocates broaden it to include a specific, usually left-progressive, ideological agenda that secular humanism welcomes but does not demand. As such ideas often do, the A+ debate has spawned a spin-off debate over the meaning of other terms, including that perennial puzzler "What is Humanism?" At his "Temple of the Future" blog, James Croft of Harvard's humanist chaplaincy offers a definition of humanism that in many ways is quite good (http://www.templeofthefuture.net/uncategorized/what-humanism-is-and-isnt). This post is sure to be widely quoted, so I think it's important to note the one thing Croft got, in my view, spectacularly wrong.

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