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The Life and Death of Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia has died. The news broke on Saturday night while I was at the movies watching Deadpool (seriously). It was such a sudden and unexpected shock, such a bolt from the clear blue, that at first I had trouble believing it was for real. It brought irresistibly to mind Clarence Darrow’s quip that while [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: Titanosaur

I spent this weekend doing some cultural stuff in New York City, including a visit to the American Museum of Natural History to see their new exhibit: the skeleton of an enormous dinosaur from Argentina, one of the largest ever discovered. This species is so new it doesn’t even have a proper scientific name yet, [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Work of Depressions

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VIII In the aftermath of John Galt’s speech, the last few businesses left in the country are grinding to a halt. Stores and homes are found empty, abandoned by their owners and gutted of everything useful. The plant of Rearden Steel, whose operations had been suspended after no one could [Read More...]

Daylight Atheism Is 10 Years Old

I’ve gotten lazy about these anniversaries over the years, but this one is too big to ignore. My first-ever post was February 10, 2006, which means this humble little blog is ten years old today! In the time I’ve been writing, the atheist movement has made amazingly rapid progress. The non-religious have grown by leaps [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Mistakes of the Atheist Movement

My latest column is up on AlterNet, 4 Things the Atheist Movement Has Done Badly (and How to Do Them Better). As you might guess, it’s about some of the chronic blind spots of the atheist movement, together with my thoughts on how we can improve. Read the excerpt below, then click through to see [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Loose Lips Sink Ships

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VIII John Galt’s massive, multi-hour speech finally comes to an end. As I mentioned earlier, because Randian protagonists have the superpower of being able to deliver gigantic monologues without interruption, everyone in the TV station is still standing in the exact same places: “It wasn’t real, was it?” said Mr. [Read More...]

The One-Percent Difference

I posted the other day on Facebook about Richard Dawkins being disinvited from NECSS for promoting a grossly sexist video, which provoked an onlooker to comment that he agreed with Dawkins and not with me. (It was a white man, if you wanted to know.) Since I curate my Facebook wall and don’t care to [Read More...]

What Is Bernie’s Plan B?

The 2016 presidential primaries are approaching, and I find I’m still undecided. I think both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are fine candidates, and either would make an excellent president. This is especially true in comparison to the howling pandemonium that’s the GOP field, where all the other candidates are competing to be as vulgar, [Read More...]

Reviving Daylight Atheism on Facebook

Quick note for today: I’ve decided to revive the Daylight Atheism site page on Facebook and give it another try. I tried it out a few years ago, but I found the moderation controls were badly designed and it was too hard to keep out spam and other nonsense. I’m going to see if they’ve [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Manifest Destiny

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VII, The Speech John Galt is still talking. In this section of the speech, which is the last part that I’ll cover, he addresses an important question: what happens to the people who listen to him and come away convinced? After all, you’ve got to admit, he waited till pretty [Read More...]

Dawkins Denied: Secular Sexism Finally Has Consequences

As I’ve said before, I don’t make it my mission to chronicle every obnoxious thing that Richard Dawkins says. But this week he hit a low point, even for him, with something so outrageous I couldn’t let it go by. More importantly, the response gave me a new and unfamiliar feeling: a glimmer of hope [Read More...]

Galt’s Gulch Chile Is Going Great

In my Atlas Shrugged series, I’ve previously written about the libertarians who tried to create their own Galt’s Gulch in Chile, a plan which ended predictably in lawsuits, acrimony and accusations of fraud when real human beings turned out not to be as incorruptible as Ayn Rand characters. Now, as PZ informs us, there are [Read More...]

How Donald Trump Won Over the Religious Right

So, it’s time we talked about Donald Trump. The improbable presidential candidate has been flying high since his speech at Liberty University, where he was warmly welcomed by president Jerry Falwell Jr. The speech itself was underwhelming: he flubbed a biblical reference, cracked off-color jokes and made his pandering laughably obvious. Yet none of it [Read More...]

SF/F Saturday: Mystery Science Theater 3000

The whole East Coast is snowed in after last night’s blizzard. If you’re feeling a touch of cabin fever, I’ve got a suggestion for how to while away the time. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a cult-classic TV show that came out of Minnesota in the late 1980s. It’s about a mild-mannered janitor named Joel [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Imagine No Religion

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VII, The Speech There’s a character who’s missing from Atlas Shrugged. His name is Father Amadeus, and while he was part of Ayn Rand’s early outlines, she jettisoned him from the final draft. He was to have been a Catholic priest affiliated with the Taggarts who heard James’ confessions. In [Read More...]

Movie Review: Alive Inside

Alive Inside is an award-winning documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett about the work of Dan Cohen, a social worker from Long Island, and the charity he founded, Music & Memory. (Disclaimer: I know Dan personally, and I’ve contributed to his charity.) It spotlights a slow-rolling demographic crisis poised to overtake the Western world, and offers at [Read More...]

A Response to Cracked’s “5 Atheist Arguments Which Aren’t Helping Anyone”

I admit, I spend a lot of time browsing Cracked. From its origins as a comedy website about dick jokes, it’s grown into one of the most subversively intelligent and thoughtful sites on the internet, commenting not just on pop culture, but on politics, philosophy and religion. Among other things, they’ve published harrowing personal essays [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: Every Open Eye

I last wrote about Chvrches, the Scottish synthpop band with the name I can never type, two years ago. They’ve since released their sophomore album, Every Open Eye, which is excellent – bigger, more expansive, more optimistic than their debut. Here’s one of my favorites: Another standout is “Empty Threat“, a defiant anthem that’s hard [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Descent of Man

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VII, The Speech John Galt is still talking. In this section of his doorstopper monologue, he lectures about Rand’s views on human nature: “Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His [Read More...]

Book Review: The Illusion of God’s Presence

Summary: Not a new theory, but a new and strong case for an old theory, supplemented with up-to-date neurological evidence. Jack Wathey is a neuroscientist and computational biologist and the founder of Wathey Research, a scientific firm that focuses on problems like protein folding. His new book, The Illusion of God’s Presence, presents an answer [Read More...]

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