Today, the Texas State Board of Education voted on curriculum standards of social studies for the Texan public school system. As I am sure most of you are aware, these standards will affect many other states as publishers will often tailor textbooks specifically to meet Texan requirements. This vote followed several days of debate as final amendments were proposed.
Cynthia Dunbar, one of the strongest voices for the SBOE's conservative voting block, decided that a nice, long… Continue
Added by Shine on May 21, 2010 at 9:30pm —
One of the innate human characteristics that separates us from other animals on earth is our insatiable need to find out "why". Our natural need to seek for things like food and a mate is shared with other animals, but the questioning of why things happen is a unique to humans. It is ingrained in us, from the first day we start searching… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 10:00pm —
My recent blog piece "At the edge of knowledge"
spawned an awesome amount of feedback… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 12:30am —
from Atheist Climber blog
I was asked recently by a very good friend of mine "But what gives an atheist a sense of hope?" We were at our 20 year highschool reunion, and it was very noisy, there were far too many distractions for both of us for me to give her an answer worth anything, so I simply said, "I'll get back to you." Lets call this friend "A" to protect the innocent.
Well A,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 14, 2010 at 6:35pm —
Thursday 13 May 2010
by: Greg Grandin | TomDispatch.com
Americans, it's been said, learn geography when they go to war. Now, it seems, many get their history when they go to a Tea Party rally or tune in to Glenn Beck.
History is a "battlefield of ideas," as Beck recently put it, while… Continue
Added by CJoe on May 14, 2010 at 11:40am —
We know nothing.
The collective knowledge of all the people on earth that have ever lived is but a drop in the ocean of all possible knowledge in the universe. (1)
And the amount of knowledge any one person has is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 9, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Via Atheist Climber Blog
Religion really is an oddity in humanity. When citing religion, one can be excused for irrational behaviour or beliefs. It gives people an excuse to not take part in the cultural norms of the society they live in. It allows people rights and privileges that people not of that religion are denied. It regularly excuses wrongdoing and lawbreaking if these are done "in the name of God". It… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 4, 2010 at 11:30pm —
From "Atheist Climber" blog,
There seems to be a lot of confusion for people on what is a compelling argument, and what is just muddying the waters of debate. So often, when in discussions around the existence of gods, the yeasayer will turn to personal experiences of things… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 23, 2010 at 8:30pm —
It is difficult to talk on the subject of religion without sounding, to some, like a fanatic. Some people I have encountered in life think I am as fanatical in my disbelief as a fundamentalist Christian might be in theirs. Some even say that my Atheism is a religion in itself, or at least that my fervour for atheism is on par…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 23, 2010 at 1:24am —
There has been a lot of writing about the “Global Atheist Convention – The Rise Of Atheism” since its completion on Sunday afternoon, so most things that can be said have already been said. There were some good reports in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 21, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Notes on Nationalism is a 1945 essay by George Orwell. Continue
Despite it's name Orwell is addressing a more general concept which can apply not only to nationalities but to any groups of people - whether it be an ethnicity, a religion, a social class, a political ideology or as a purely negative notion such as antisemitism or anti-homosexual ideologies. While the examples Orwell gives are of a post-war flavour it's easy to see how they directly transfer to today's world.
Added by Michel-san on February 20, 2010 at 1:00pm —
If there's one thing religion does very well, it's dealing with death and the afterlife. And I'm not talking about death itself, or rather life after death as a concept, but of the way religion helps people deal with the loss of their loved ones. The idea of life after death appeals to the child in us, the… Continue
Added by Elad Avron on September 13, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This is another of those articles for which I'm having to suppress just a hint of party-pooping, fuddy-duddy guilt. Atlantis is actually a pretty cool legend, and some really fun stories have arisen around it. The Indiana Jones
game, about stopping the Nazis from harnessing the immense power of a lost civilisation, was something I had many, many hours of fun with back when I was first discovering point-and-click… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 6, 2009 at 2:44pm —
Congressional representatives don't have enough on their hands and haven't learned from the fall. H.RES. 397 seeks to declare the history of the US Christian. Time to crank up the machine and get the word out. Email your rep as well.
Added by Gaytor on May 6, 2009 at 1:30am —
"D'awwoh! It just gets worse and worse!"
~Homer J. Simpson
From Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Targeting Texas: Social Studies Panel May Include Right-Wing… Continue
Added by Johnny on May 4, 2009 at 7:58pm —
Yesterday I attended a lecture by Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists. His lecture, titled "This Is a Free Country, Not a Christian Nation: In Freedom We Trust", was informative and provoked a few thoughtful questions from the audience.
Basically, Buckner discussed why the United States is not a Christian nation. He challenged other freethinkers to ask people who make this claim to explain what they mean by it. One could certainly argue that America has a Christian majority,… Continue
Added by Pam on May 4, 2009 at 3:21pm —
err... Happy Eostre!
... and ...
Where Did The Easter Bunny Come… Continue
Added by Johnny on April 12, 2009 at 4:30am —
St. Patrick is considered as the Patron Saint of Ireland. There are many, though, in Ireland that hold him in disdain. These people will never celebrate his legacy or life. It has been stated that St. Patrick rid Ireland of all of its snakes. Scientists have found that Ireland had not had snakes since icebergs surrounded the island. What could then be meant by the old legend? Continue
Before Christianity began to spread into Ireland, the Druids were the leading…
Added by Johnny on March 17, 2009 at 5:00am —
What is Valentine's Day to you?
A special day with your sweetheart? An excuse to wear red and pink? A chance to eat chocolate all day? A day to exchange gifts with the special people in your life? Just another Hallmark-Holiday?
For me personally it's a day to do something special for my sweetheart. I do also feel that it is a bit too… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 14, 2009 at 3:30pm —