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Archived Since:October 26, 2010

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What Is #UpForDebate in the Secular Community?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, David Silverman of American Atheists incited a firestorm when he said at CPAC this year that there was a secular argument against abortion rights. He’s not the only one: Disappointingly, my Patheos colleague Friendly Atheist gave a platform to an anti-choice atheist earlier this month and then declined [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 3

(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 3, “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” I wrote that last week’s episode felt overstuffed, trying to cover a vast amount of territory in just [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Cosmos and the Creationists

My latest column is now up on AlterNet, Neil deGrasse Tyson Shows Why Small-Minded Religious Fundamentalists Are Threatened by Wonders of Universe. It’s about the new Cosmos TV series, and its reminder that those who advocate new ideas have always met fierce violent resistance from the credulous masses and the elite guardians of popular orthodoxy, [Read More...]

The Twitter Report: The Secret Purpose of Twitter

I probably shouldn’t have said this in public, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, I might as well tell you all as well. It all started a few days ago with a question about what the median number of Twitter followers is among active accounts. It turns out to be surprisingly low [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Miscasting Call

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, The Movie The question of why Atlas bombed at the box office is really two questions. One is why it didn’t get more attention from the conservatives who’d seem to be its natural audience; the other is why it didn’t attract more interest from moviegoers in general. Let’s start with the [Read More...]

Movie Review: Particle Fever

Last weekend I saw Particle Fever, a movie about the Large Hadron Collider and the scientists who built it in their quest to resolve one of the greatest outstanding mysteries in physics. It’s easily among the most enthralling science documentaries I’ve ever seen, so if you get the chance, see it! The LHC was built [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 2

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. I haven’t reviewed the first episode yet, but I’ll return to it later. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 2, “Some of the Things That Molecules Do” If I [Read More...]

The Twitter Report: Leave the Long Island Medium Alone!

Just before the new Cosmos premiere last week, I noticed that “#LongIslandMedium” was trending on Twitter, a reference to a woman named Theresa Caputo. She’s just the latest in a long line of talking-to-the-dead hucksters who exploit the grief of the bereaved, using the same unsubtle cold-reading act that never fails to dazzle the gullible. [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Drill, Baby, Drill

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, The Movie After that last year of plowing through Ayn Rand’s verbiage, it’s about time for a palate cleanser. And I have just the thing: the colossal cinematic wreck that is Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. Feast your eyes on the capitalist glory of the trailer: The film was released in 2011, [Read More...]

Should We Reach Out to Conservative Atheists?

Last month, American Atheists sought to rent a booth at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Surprisingly, CPAC accepted their money at first, only to change their mind at the last minute. That entirely foreseeable outcome would have been more than sufficient as free publicity, but American Atheists president Dave Silverman decided to attend as [Read More...]

Announcing: Broken Ring

Last autumn, I published my first novel, DARK HEART, an epic fantasy in a world where mortals rebelled against the gods. Today I’m happy to announce that the sequel, BROKEN RING, is now out! If you liked the first book, I’m confident that this one is even better. Here’s the synopsis: One month out of [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: Rewilding

While I was doing research for this week’s post on de-extinction, I came across an article by George Monbiot on the phenomenon of “accidental rewilding” that I thought was worth sharing. I loved the book The World Without Us, which describes how rapidly nature would move in and erase the artifacts of civilization if human [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Fires of Kuwait

Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter X While Dagny has been criscrossing the country seeking the inventor of the motor, she learns from Eddie Willers that the looters are once again making absurd demands, this time clamoring for new laws that would kill the John Galt Line and strangle the industry of Colorado: The Union of [Read More...]

On the Morality of: De-Extinction

I was fascinated by a lengthy article last week on “de-extinction“, the emerging science of cloning extinct species back to life. While we almost certainly won’t be recreating dinosaurs Jurassic Park style, there are many vanished animals for which we have well-preserved specimens from which we could extract genetic material, from passenger pigeons to woolly [Read More...]

History Repeats Itself Yet Again

Last week, Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer vetoed the revolting right-to-discriminate bill passed by her state’s legislature. Like the similar bill that collapsed in Kansas, this one moved rapidly at first but then stalled when it gained national attention. As Brewer dithered, both Mitt Romney and the state’s Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urged [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Middle Path

Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter X OK, folks, programming note: Next week’s post will be the last for this chapter, which ends the first part of this book. Once that’s done, I’m going to jump right into a short review of the cinematic hilarity that is Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. Rent or stream a copy [Read More...]

The New Untouchables

Last week in Kansas, one house of the state legislature passed the most savagely anti-gay bill to appear in the U.S. in a long time. In the name of “religious liberty”, it would have repealed all equal-protection laws as they apply to LGBT people, allowing any business owner to deny service to a gay customer [Read More...]

Sexual Assault in Christian Patriarchy

In the last few weeks, there’s been a rash of stories about sexual assault at Christian colleges and ministries. It’s worth putting them side-by-side to highlight the common elements and show how they’re all rooted in the more pernicious teachings about gender that are pervasive in conservative Christian theology. In the New Republic, Kiera Feldman [Read More...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

The past few years have been bad ones for reproductive choice, as the religious right continues in its obsessive focus to throw up ever-more insulting, condescending, and ridiculous obstacles between a woman and her right to exercise autonomy over her body. Just this month, in Iowa, state legislators proposed a bill that would allow women [Read More...]

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