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Goodbye, Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

December 16, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. 
-Henry David Thoreau

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Gina’s Response

December 15, 2011 Gina Colaianni

Two weeks ago, the CFI On Campus Course of Reason blog posted a piece that I wrote in response to JT Eberhard's Skepticon 4 talk titled “Why the Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself with Mental Illness."  My post caused quite a reaction for some people in the skeptic/atheist community; most of the reactions were not positive.

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I’m an atheist, but…

December 13, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

I think it is important that the skeptic community not be subsumed by the atheist community. What am I talking about? I’m talking about something as seemingly trifling as a name. At Skepticon IV this year, Dave Silverman gave a call-to-arms talk about why we in the skeptic community should adopt ‘atheist’ as our preferred nomenclature. I think the term ‘atheist’ is a fitting description, but only in the context of the God question. Other than that, it says very little about the movement, or community, or whatever.

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Music Monday: Every Time I Die - “Turtles All the Way Down”

December 12, 2011 Cody Hashman

Following up with last week's Music Monday, we are going to keep it a little heavy. The song is called "Turtles All The Way Down" and it is by the Buffalo, NY band Every Time I Die

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A bit about free will

December 9, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

Hi this is Seth. Recently there has been a bit of a flare up of the free will debate on skeptic/science blogs. Massimo Pigliucci penned a brief criticism of the brand of determinism often adhered to among fairly prominent skeptics, like Jerry Coyne, Alex Rosenburg, and Sam Harris. His post does a great job highlighting the important conceptual issues of the debate, that may frequently be swept under the rug, or worse, smuggled in without argument.

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