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Atlas Shrugged: Black Lung

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II Because of the looters’ Fair Share Law, Hank Rearden can no longer choose his customers. In particular, he can’t legally sell to Ken Danagger, the owner of Danagger Coal in Pennsylvania, who badly needs Rearden Metal to brace the shafts of his coal mines. But Hank knows that Danagger [Read More...]

Open Thread: Advertising Complaints

I realize that Patheos has to pay the bills somehow, but lately I’ve noticed a definite uptick in complaints about the intrusiveness of the advertising on this site. I plan on taking this up with the management, but I want to know what the general sentiment is, so here’s an open thread. Are Patheos’ ads [Read More...]

Sympathy for the Devil

I wanted to write about something important this week, like the Greece v. Galloway decision, but events have conspired to thwart me. The story I covered earlier has had some dramatic new developments that cry out for a followup. So: Satanism. On Monday, I wrote about the Harvard student club that wanted to stage a [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 10

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 10, “The Electric Boy” Up till now, Cosmos has used historical sequences as an adjunct to the science, just as a way of [Read More...]

Satan Comes to Harvard

As I’ve written in the past, I find Satanism silly and juvenile. If you’re an atheist, as most of them say they are, then call yourself an atheist, and don’t wrap yourself in the mythology of a religion you don’t believe in. The only reason I can imagine to identify as a Satanist is as [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand vs. Carl Sagan

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II The decay of Colorado is accelerating. Men that Dagny knows personally, men who love their jobs and swear that they’ll never leave, that they’ll resist whatever blandishment or temptation is claiming their fellows, or at the very least that they won’t disappear without an explanation, are vanishing one after [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 1

(It’s a Cosmos double feature this week, as I finally revisit the first episode and post my long-delayed review.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 1, “Standing Up In the Milky Way” When I first heard that Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was being rebooted, I was thrilled. As much as I loved the original, even the best [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 9

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 9, “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth” At the beginning of its run, Cosmos tended to alternate excellent episodes with mediocre ones, which [Read More...]

Facing Up to Atheism’s MRA Problem

We’ve known for a while that there’s an ugly strain of aggressive anti-feminism within the larger atheist community. Now it appears that we know where they congregate: the “men’s rights activist” subgroup on Reddit ran a survey of their members, which found that the vast majority (94%) identify as atheist or religiously indifferent. That came [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Gini Coefficient

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter I After Hank chases off the government crony who wants to buy his metal, the chapter shifts to a series of vignettes with him and Dagny. They’re arranging increasingly frequent liaisons whenever Hank is in New York, and as the looter-run economy contracts around them, Dagny looks forward to her [Read More...]

Is the Internet Killing Religion?

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a fierce debate ignited by a study which argued that the Internet is responsible for the dramatic growth in American religious disaffiliation over the last two decades. Since 1990, the number of Americans with no religion has skyrocketed by almost 25 million people. The study’s author, Allen Downey, believes that [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 4

This is part 4 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, It’s been a while, but it’s good to hear from you again. Of course, I’m looking forward to our next in-person matchup on Memorial Day weekend. This time [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 8

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 8, “Sisters of the Sun” In earlier episodes, Cosmos has conspicuously missed opportunities to highlight the scientific contributions of women. I found that [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Lessons from Atlas Shrugged

My latest column is now up on AlterNet, 10 Things I Learned About the World from Ayn Rand’s Insane “Atlas Shrugged”. It’s a distillation of the ten most important lessons I’ve gleaned over the past year of reading and reviewing part I of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus in defense of capitalism. Read the excerpt below, [Read More...]

Upcoming NY Debate and Free Short Stories!

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I’m pleased to announce that next month we’re holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you’re in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Second Amendment Remedies

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter I The government has passed a so-called Fair Share Law which requires Hank to sell Rearden Metal to anyone who wants it. In practice, this means that politically connected businesses can buy it in quantity, while industries that desperately need it, like Ken Danagger’s coal mines, are being left empty-handed. [Read More...]

Last Chance to Donate to Bowl-a-Thon!

Just a reminder – this coming weekend is the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of helping to pay for abortions for women who want them but can’t afford them. I’m on a fundraising team this year, and it’s not too late to chip in. If you want to support me [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 7

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 7, “The Clean Room” There may be some fields of science that have absolutely no political implications, but they’re few and far between. [Read More...]

#AAcon14 Wrapup

I’ve just gotten home from Salt Lake City, where I was at the 2014 annual convention of American Atheists. AA always has their convention on Easter weekend (and after all, what better weekend would there be for an atheist not to have other plans?), and this year gave us a double dose of cheekiness by [Read More...]

Christian Radio Fans the Flames of Witch Hunting

A few years ago, I wrote about the horrible “witch children” craze in Nigeria. Like the witch hunts that once swept through America and Europe, this one is fed by sects of fanatic evangelical preachers, inflamed by Western missionaries, that believe in a miracle-drenched, demon-haunted world – and teach that people, including children, can be [Read More...]

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