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If You’re Going to Seattle…

Posted by dystressed on January 6, 2009

…visit the Discovery Institute!  (if you can)

Skepticality had a fantastic interview with Kate Holden and Tiana Dietz, the skeptic activists who conned their way into the Discovery Institute.  You can download the MP3 of the podcast here.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the visit was the fact that the two have engaged in a lengthy blog discourse with the Discovery Institute, which claims to welcome all people with open arms.

While lying is hardly ever called for, Holden and Dietz maintain that they only did what the producers of Expelled did when they conned their own ways into interviews with Michael Shermer and PZ Myers. They kind of have a point.

The question of morality aside, the chutzpah of Kate and Tiana is admirable. They also urge fellow skeptic activists to go to the Discovery Institute and take the tour… that is, if the Discovery people will let you in.

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Daddy, all I want for Christmas is the truth!

Posted by Andy Welfle on December 11, 2008

One of my favorite holiday sites is WrongCards, eCards that are “wrong for every occasion!” Here’s a great freethinking card:

gullibility

‘Nuff said.

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Artifacts from Millions of Years in the Future

Posted by dystressed on December 9, 2008

Relics by the Glue Society

'Relics' by the Glue Society

 

On a lighter note, Creativity Online, a subsidiary of AdAge.com published this story on the pulse fair.

A contemporary art installation has been produced by the Glue Society. They have taken artificial eyelashes and fossillized them in pieces of fabricated amber.

Gary Freedman of the Glue Society views it as an indictment of how artificial our culture has become. It’s funny, beautiful and thought provoking.

“Symbolic of that slightly fake culture we’re around—those man-made things will be the things that endure and could be interpreted differently in millions of years to come.” 

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The 4 Craziest Right Wing Fears About Obama

Posted by neuralgourmet on December 5, 2008

liberalboners1It’s a dirty job but someone had to do it. And that someone is Cracked.com’s Robert Brockaway who recently spent quality time in the muck and mire of far right wing message boards to dig up the four most insane conspiracy theories about President-elect Barack Obama. What can I say? It’s funny, funny shit. And so very, very sad.

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Wieners, in buns, no condiments.

Posted by neuralgourmet on November 28, 2008

A sort of a religious parable although I don’t think many people would see it as such. Here’s a video of a classic skit by the Rev. J. Huber from the fine folks at Nimpsy. It’s been a favorite of mine for a long time now.

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Are you as moral as god?

Posted by neuralgourmet on November 26, 2008

Oh my gosh! This video is awesome. What a great way to use the power of new media to get your message across in a non-threatening and humorous manner. Thank Dawkins we aren’t all this moral. Hat tip to Pharyngula.

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I need to declare a media moratorium…

Posted by Andy Welfle on October 24, 2008

…Because if I don’t, I sometimes accidentally see lackwits like this woman:

After I watched it, I really, really hoped it was some kind of parody. This idiot woman was so santimonious, so stupid, so unwilling to take any sort of personal responsibility for her actions, that she would judge her husband for voting for someone whose politics would benefit his livelihood — and hers, too.

This is the kind of person I was talking about earlier. She gave this little shudder when she talked about how Obama’s mother was an atheist, equating it in her small mind to Satanism or pedophilia. I bet she has a closet full of Chick Tracts.

I’ve been becoming increasingly stressed out, and I think that it is because I’ve been following this election and watching the media more than ever before. And when I do that, I’m exposed to this kind of thinking. It makes me lose hope for any chance this country will adopt any sort of enlightened thinking, and I realize that my cause and the cause of this organization can never succeed unless we can find a way to counter irrational thinking like this. And how can rational thinking trump the irrational?

Sorry about the rant. Can anyone here talk me down, á la Rachel Maddow? Sound off in the comments.

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Thank You Google for Finding a Topic

Posted by dystressed on October 14, 2008

I have been at a loss for words lately, but I thought that it would be nice to have something new on the blog, so I decided to do a Google news search for the term “atheist.” Of course I received a long list of results, but the one that really struck me was a post on a sports satire blog called Serious Sports News Network.

Apparently, an atheist (thanks Google) in Tampa is waging a protest against the name change of the MLB franchise, known today as the Tampa Bay Rays. They were formerly known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Florida resident John Meyers is apparently so ticked off that he’s using nonviolent resistance to affect social change.

The heavenly rays

The heavenly rays

What’s creepy is that they are actually winning much more this year and Evangelicals are taking credit. A pastor in Pensacola wants all sports teams to get the devil out of their names.

Smithers also indicated that he thinks many other teams whose names don’t directly address Satan should still think about changing their name, like the Utah Jazz.

“Jazz is the devil’s soundtrack,” Smithers said. “Also, I have a problem with the name ‘Patriots.’ How can you love God if you love your country so much?”

I admit, I don’t know how serious any of these posts are, but the name change is true. It’s part of a major restructuring of the team who has never made it to the world series in its history.

Moreover, according to Wikipedia, the team has won 97 games this season. There may be something at work here, but it’s probably more closely related to better team management and training.

I did more Googling (because I know nothing of baseball). Today the Rays just beat the Boston Red Sox in game 3 of the American League Series. They now lead Boston 2-1 in a best of 7 series. Suffice it to say, I don’t know whether the Devil Rays will go all the way,  but it seems we probably should give credit to where it is due. Let the players win on their own.

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FW:

Posted by dystressed on September 29, 2008

The most dreaded two letters for my e-mail inbox are FW. The dreaded letters in the subject line indicate that what follows is most likely a totally lame joke, a prayer/luck chain e-mail, or a bad rumor about a public figure.

The last item in my list is what irritates me the most. I am a writer and news junkie. I enjoy reading blogs and almost all aspects of new media. The problem is that people are not thinking when they are reading e-mail. There is a certain implicit trust that someone you know or are related to believes this to be true. The text of these forwards sometimes creeps into blogs and gives legitimacy to things that wouldn’t ever make it onto the AP wire, let alone past any editor of a traditional newsroom.

I was happy to see that today the Journal Gazette posted a story about the good people over at Snopes.com. During this election cycle, they have been overrun with ridiculous memes about every single politician. One of the most interesting things I found out was that Snopes is a husband/wife duo that runs the entire site out of their living room.  Amazing.

If I have a point to this post, it’s that we all have to do our parts to be good citizens and reply to the friend or family FWs. Make sure that they know the facts, not some cockamamie version of the truth.

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Encounters with a Nutcase

Posted by Andy Welfle on September 16, 2008

My friend Dave is an outspoken atheist and lived in Indy. He out this hilarious email last night to a bunch of friends, and gave me permission to share it with you:

About 2am last night I heard two guys arguing vehemently outside one of the buildings of my apartment complex.

Obviously I walked outside and became belligerent with them.

I ridiculed one for wearing a snow cap and asked them why they couldn’t have their big discussion inside. One said it was about God, and his girlfriend will get upset. So instead of getting angry I offered to join in. If I wasn’t going to be sleeping I might as well be arguing. Ten minutes later my neighbor comes outside and asks us to keep it down—but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The guy with the snow cap left pretty quick after my opening shots, and I was left with a nut. It started out simple enough; he claimed the Big Bang Theory was too new to be believed, I said I don’t know or care at the moment whether it’s true, and asked for a positive reason to believe in his god. He gave me the ole’ deer-in-headlights, obviously expecting to get me tangled up as only two drunks who know nothing about science can get when trying to talk about science.

We moved on and he brought out the tired “but you can’t refute God” and I shot back “can you refute unicorns?” He paused for a second, understandably since I did just bring unicorns into the argument and I don’t think he’s taken a philosophy class or ever heard of William of Ockham.

Eventually we made it to evolution, and I did my best with what I know. Of course, it wasn’t too difficult; all I had to explain to him was that exhibiting two dead pieces of bark, which were laying conveniently at his side, and yelling to me that they couldn’t reproduce did not actually refute the theory of evolution.

He then claimed “they” found pyramids in Bosnia, made well before the Egyptian pyramids, and that that somehow disproved evolution as well. This was a couple of breaths after he laughed at carbon dating.

We treaded back a bit when I asked him why I should believe in his god over anyone else’s, and he said polytheism was silly—well, once I explained to him what it was and brought up Greek mythology—and he said it was stupid to believe in a god like Zeus and a 2,000 year-old myth. I recoiled and waited for him to correct himself. He said nothing and I waited another few beats (deer, headlights, go!) and said “wasn’t 2,000 years ago the birth of your savior?”

He changed it to 5,000 and moved on.

We visited materialism next and I told him desire for a higher being, no matter how much it made your life complete or kept your grandmother smiling and in the kitchen and she makes really good pie—it meant nothing in relation to what was or wasn’t the truth, and I brought up the 9/11 conspiracy almost by accident; a casual throw-up to an example of crazy people who disregard truth because they want a certain outcome…

FAIL. He was a 9/11 truther. I spent the next few minutes defending Bush (lemme tell you I loved that) and the government against conspiracy theory. I really don’t know the temperature at which steel bends or breaks, ergo I failed. But not so much as I finally got him off his do-it-yourself-home-course-in-structural-engineering for a bit to get him to admit that he cares more about what makes people happy—which Jesus does—than he cares about the truth.

I said: “So you’re accusing Americans of plotting and executing the worst terrorist attack our generation has seen more because it makes you happy rather than it’s the truth?”

Yeah, I admit that one wasn’t too fair. And anyway that’s when the belligerence came. He accused me of science and I accused him of being willfully ignorant, and as I was walking away, doing that thing where you’re trying to get the last, petty little remark off before your commence the angry storming, and he said this, which caused me pause:

“I hope you’re happy with your new body in seven years, because that’s what science says you’ll have!”

“Huh? What…What the [EXPLETIVE DELETED] are you talking about?” I said.

“Your new body. Seven years. I hope you’re happy with it!”
“Is it thin and sexy?”
He rolled his head and guffawed a little—like how dare I make fun of his final blow that should’ve surely set my reality to crumble—and he said:

“Yeah…I hope you’re happy because you’ll…science says you’ll have a new body so explain that!”

I walked away, finally. Just kidding, we exchanged obscenities for a few minutes before I did make it back to my stoop. I found a friend sitting and smoking a cigarette. The new-body-creationist did come over at one point to say “hey, man, we should talk when we’re sober. I really think we should have a conversation when we’re sober” and I said sure, fine, call me. He left and I recounted much of the story to my friend, who is a biology major and pre-med. I got to the 9/11 truth stuff and he stopped me:

“Yeah, that guy’s an idiot, but do you know the temperature at which steel melts? It just didn’t add up when…”

I sighed.

There was more conversation but apparently I’m the only person up at 2 AM in my apartment complex who doesn’t believe the government was behind 9/11. Fail lined the streets tonight, gentlemen, in places both expected and unexpected.

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