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.
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.
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)
July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Adam 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.
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.