hey guys! apologize for whatever glitch that was that prevented the post from going up last night! thanks to the surprising number of you that messaged me to ask "hey, I miss my Sunday School! What happened?" let's see if it'll work this time!
first, make sure you check out tonight's episode of the show. we're featuring a chat with Dr. Stephen Law, philosopher and author of the new book Believing Bullshit. and make sure you tune in to hear the winners of our contest to win 3 signed copies of the book! remember, even if you can't listen live you can listen from the archive almost as soon as the show's over. and remember too, if you're announced as a winner, you have 48 hours to contact me with your address to claim your prize at Nelson@iThinkAtheist.com!
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before i get to the links i'd like to announce to everyone the launch of a new freethinker-centric dating site. if you find too many religious people swarming on other dating sites asking you, before getting to anything else, about your religious beliefs, if you're looking for a non-judgmental space to meet like minded people for friendship, dating, committed relationships, or just to hang out and talk about shared interests.... CarbonDate.Me. oh, did i mention you can be confident it's awesome because it is founded, owned, and operated by the same people that started Think Atheist?? :)
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okay, let's get to it!
it's been one Neptunian year- almost 165 years- since we discovered Neptune. the discovery marked a turning point in Astronomy.
there's been major drama the last couple of weeks in the "atheosphere". it involves Rebecca Watson, Richard Dawkins, and a whole host of others who have had their say, and surrounds feminism, sexuality, male privilege, chauvinism, etc. check out what's going on here and here.
the theory of evolution in action: demonstrations of natural selection. 3 examples.
the most fearsome predator to ever live has been unveiled.
The Misconception: You always know why you feel the way you feel.
The Truth: You can experience emotional states without knowing why, even if you believe you can pinpoint the source.
can we look to modern animals to see what the first would have looked like?
according to MRI scans taken of the brains of subjects, beauty is the in the brain of the beholder.
want to be Deepak Chopra? here's a handy tool for you. (image)
last year arsenic-life was the rage, this year it's chlorine-life. is there anything more to this than there was to the arsenic-life story? actually, maybe.
move through the universe one scale at a time with Ethan Siegel. great post!
Antony Flew and his famous article on falsification. if you can't point to anything that would disprove your belief then what could you ever point to to justify its truth?
Matt McCormick has posted to his site with a contribution he gave to an anthology on the survival of the soul. it's fantastic stuff, well worth a read.
how atheism can make the world better by tearing down religious irrationality.
3 arguments against the notion of a "singularity" (transhumanism, not physics)