Archive for May, 2006

Anatomy of a Troll

May 30th, 2006 / Religion / 19 comments

(Image from Wikipedia) Most people understand that you don't go in to someone else's forum or blog and start posting vast quantities of tripe. ...

The Top Four Logical Fallacies

May 27th, 2006 / Critical Thought / Comments Off on The Top Four Logical Fallacies

In nearly 5 years of blogging experience, I've run across the same fallacious arguments over and over again.  These have been reproduced elsewhere, as lengthy lists of logical fallacies.  ...

Malaysian Textbooks Teach Murder

May 27th, 2006 / Psychology, Religion Inspired Murders / Comments Off on Malaysian Textbooks Teach Murder

Via Jihad Watch, a letter in Malaysiakini showing how religious texts are still being used in schools to teach children to murder apostates.For example, under the heading ‘Ways ...

The Rabbi Is Confused

May 24th, 2006 / Religion / 9 comments

Every now and then I come across an article about atheism from a theistic perspective that really gets the point makes me want to puke. Written by some smug theist ...

Vox Populi 12

May 19th, 2006 / Current Affairs, Podcasts / Comments Off on Vox Populi 12

Vox Populi Episode 12: Download ep12.mp3 Length: 30 min. 1. Are we born good, evil or a mixture of both? Without religion or state, would society fall into ...

Questioning Science - The Believer's Dodge

May 18th, 2006 / Religion, Science / 7 comments

One of the primary tools in the arsenal of the relativist is to question scientific integrity. Since the physical universe is stubbornly resistant to subjective modification, relativists and irrational believers ...

Lawyer Murders Judge For Allah

May 17th, 2006 / Religion Inspired Murders / 4 comments

When the secular west decides to fight religious extremism, it protests with protective laws, cartoons, or peaceful demonstrations. When followers of radical Islam don't like secular laws, they respond ...

McKellen Blasts Bible as Fiction

May 17th, 2006 / Film, Religion / Comments Off on McKellen Blasts Bible as Fiction

Sir Ian McKellen has guaranteed himself the eternal wrath of christians worldwide. On the "Today" show with Matt Lauer, he participated in this exchange:"There have been calls from some ...

Believers Risk Volcanic Death

May 16th, 2006 / Religion / Comments Off on Believers Risk Volcanic Death

Scientists and Indonesian government officials have warned residents on the slopes of Mount Merapi to leave. The volcano has been spewing rocks, ash, and pyroclastic flows--superheated gases that incinerate ...

Rock on, Sam!

May 16th, 2006 / Religion / 2 comments

Check out Sam Harris' latest interview, posted on alternet, beliefnet, and elsewhere. Some snips:In our society, people are rewarded for pretending to be certain about things they're clearly not ...

Death to NIMBYism

May 15th, 2006 / Energy Transition / 4 comments

It's happening again. Environmentalists are opposing a renewable energy project. CNN chose to report the story this way: "Massive Wind Farm May Endanger Birds" What are they smoking? Let's ...

Dean Panders to Religious Right

May 11th, 2006 / Current Affairs / 1 comment

Democratic party chair and professional loose cannon Howard Dean has shown himself once again to be a chameleon. On Pat Robertson's extremist TV network, he stated the following:"The truth is, ...

Hackers and Spammers to Jail

May 3rd, 2006 / Current Affairs / 1 comment

[UPDATE - 5.9.06: Hacker sentenced to 57 months! Good riddance, you f-ing criminal!]A 21-year-old computer whiz was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for taking control of ...