A Ridiculous Essay on Rational Outreach (via The Tribal Scientist)

July 19, 2010 § 5 Comments

Fantastic insights. Humor has always reached me better than any other form of communication. Someone is always going to be offended. It is the up to the person that was offended to look at themselves and ask why? Obviously there is some truth in what was said that frightens you and you are not willing to laugh at yourself.

“I don’t think we should go out of our way to insult Islam because it doesn’t do any good to get your head cut off. But we should always say that I may refrain from publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, but it’s because I fear you. Don’t for one moment think it’s because I respect you.” -Richard Dawkins, 2010 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne. Fear can be quite an effective motivator when it comes to silencing your critics. Make peop … Read More

via The Tribal Scientist

Essential Freethought Library

July 13, 2010 § 4 Comments

The wonderful people at American Freethought have compiled a Skeptics Summer Reading list. See if there is anything you have missed.

American Freethought

THE ESSENTIAL FREETHOUGHT LIBRARY (Updated July 11, 2010)

“We contacted a more or less random sample of notable freethinkers–bloggers, podcasters, authors, and leaders in the freethought/atheist/skeptic communities–and asked them to send us their list of recommended works for the well-read freethinker.  (Among those who responded are Sam Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, George Hrab and Massimo Pigliucci.)  From this long list of suggestions–over 250 works–we have compiled this Essential Freethought Library.  The list takes into account the frequency with which a work was recommended, the frequency with which a particular writer was recommended, and the dates of publication.  Free free to send us your suggestions.”


The Essential Ten (←click Here for original link and full list of publications)

“Good without God”

July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Adam Savage|TAM8Adam Savage delivered a wonderfully insightful speech at TAM8. Although I was not there, @hemantmehta aka Friendly Atheist was kind enough to Liveblog the event. To read the full speech, which I highly recommend, click the link below.

I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here. And when you don’t, well, you suffer the consequences. At least I have. (And in the empirical study I’m performing about interacting with the universe, I am unfortunately the only test subject I have complete access to, so my data is, as they say, self-selected.) While nobody’s going to take care of us, it’s incumbent upon us to take care of those around us. That’s community.

This from the speech Adam Savage of MythBusters — Delivered to the Harvard Humanist Society, April 2010 Food for The Eagle- by Adam Savage

Is it time for scientists to come out of the closet?

June 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

Increasingly over the last few months I have become less tolerant (on twitter) of scientists, astronomers, astronauts, politicians and other “educated” people who still pretend to believe in god just pander to the masses.  I say it is time to come out of the proverbial closest.  I think you will find that most people will be quite understanding. How can we make scientific advancements if we are still holding to our childish superstitions?    Richard Dawkins makes a brilliant case.

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