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Six Reasons the PhotoMath App Isn’t As Cool As You Think It Is

By now, you've probably seen the amazing video about an app called PhotoMath. Once you download it, you can take a picture of a math problem with your phone... and the app not only solves the problem, it shows you how to do it step-by-step. Everyone seems to be talking about it. How cool is that?!Not very, actually... and here's why:

Researchers Find That No Facts Whatsoever Will Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds. The Same May Be True For You and Me

Depressing. From Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker:[In April,] Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. Show More Summary

Humanist Group Sues Colorado School District for Promoting Christianity Through Its Programs

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar...Show More Summary

Canadian Parliament Shooter: Another “High-Risk” Radical Muslim From Quebec Who Had His Passport Revoked

The man who opened fire in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday, after shooting and killing corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial (pictured), was a follower of Allah.The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a.k.a. Michael...Show More Summary

Atheist Parolee Receives Nearly $2,000,000 After Being Punished for Refusing a Religious Drug Treatment Program

In February of 2007, after spending time in prison for drug possession, Barry A. Hazle Jr. was finally released on parole. Parole came with a few strings attached, though. Hazle had to attend a 90-day drug treatment program which, in his case, involved the Twelve-Step program most commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Show More Summary

Jewish Students Lead Charge to Remove Jewish Religious Symbol from a Wisconsin High School

A sukkah is a hut covered by things like palm leaves built for the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Some Jewish students at Nicolet High School in Wisconsin built one recently and they wanted to keep it in the school's courtyard... but you...Show More Summary

Another Georgia County Approves Display of “Historically Significant Documents”… Including the Ten Commandments

The Newton County Board of Commissioners in Georgia just approved a display of nine "historically significant documents" to be placed in the local courthouse.And, as alert readers know by now, that's really just a code for Let's get the Ten Commandments up in city buildings... Show More Summary

Meet Physicist Stronzo Bestiale, an Asshole If There (N)ever Was One

Stronzo Bestiale is a researcher at the Institute for Experimental Physics in Vienna who is a co-author on a small number of major scientific papers. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications that include the Journal of Statistical...Show More Summary

Two Republican Congressional Candidates Agreed to Meet with Our Atheist Group, but One Was Invisible and Inaudible

As an unfortunate result of California's Proposition 14, the so-called "top-two primary law," California Congressional District 25, where I live, can only choose this November between two Republican candidates for our new U.S. Congressperson. Show More Summary

Blogger Kaveh Mousavi — Now on Patheos — Describes First-Hand What’s It’s Like To Be an Atheist in Iran

Kaveh Mousavi (a pseudonym) is, according to his online bio,... an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies... He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has...Show More Summary

North Carolina Magistrate Refuses to Perform Gay Wedding Because of His “Religious Beliefs”

Yesterday was the first day of legal gay marriage in North Carolina, which means you knew this was going to happen: William Locklear and his partner showed up at the county courthouse Monday expecting to get married after 31 years together.The...Show More Summary

Texas A&M Now Holds University-Supported Prayers Before Football Games

Over the weekend, before Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss, the Aggies held not one, not two, but three separate prayers on the field before kickoff. The first two were led by Student Body President Kyle Kelly. The third was led by Memorial Student Center President Ryan Trantham. Show More Summary

Catholic Church In Kenya Opposes Tetanus Vaccinations, Suspecting a Secret Plan to Sterilize Women

As we've seen, Muslim fundies are often anti-vaxxers. In places like Pakistan and Afghanistan, they’ve gotten it into their heads that polio-fighting programs are really Western-led campaigns to make Muslims infertile. As a result, terrorist...Show More Summary

The Benefit of Long-Form Conversations

Last night, Sam Harris appeared on CNN to talk about his criticism of Islam with anchor Don Lemon:

The Bill Nye Event at Vanderbilt Was Even Better Than I Expected

Bill Nye smiled and waved to the row of people seated along the outside of Langford Auditorium at Nashville's Vanderbilt University last week. Bow-tie wearers down and around the corner were hopping to their feet with excitement; you could sense they were almost willing to lose their spot in line to run to him. Show More Summary

Vatican Report on Gays and Lesbians is Neither “Stunning” nor “Revolutionary”

A report released this week by the Vatican is being heralded as "revolutionary" for its modern take on homosexuality, cohabitation, and other topics the Church hasn't taken kindly to in the past.Whether it actually is revolutionary is another story altogether.

Damn That Spam

From the October 20 issue of the New Yorker: (Artist: Liana Finck)

Absurd Anti-Gay Group’s Tweet Sparks #WhenIMarryMyself Twitterstorm

On Monday afternoon, the National Organization for Marriage, one of the biggest anti-LGBT groups on record, basically broke the Internet with this tweet: That tweet -- When #marriage is redefined, what prevents a person from "marrying"...Show More Summary

Cardinal Advocates Shunning Gay Family Members so Adults Don’t “Scandalize Their Children or Grandchildren”

Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke (below), Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, recently spoke with anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews. While LSN focuses largely on attacking abortion rights, it devotes a fair amount of time to disparaging the LGBT community and their rights as well. Show More Summary

“Psychic” Sally Morgan Fires Family Members After Video Surfaces of Them Threatening a Skeptic Outside Her Show

Just a couple of days ago, I posted about how people close to Sally Morgan (a.k.a. Psychic Sally) threatened a skeptic who was warning people about how her tricks work outside her shows. To recap, she is one of those people who claims to have the ability to speak to the dead (a la John [Read More...]

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