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This week on Think Atheist Radio we have Dr. Matthew McCormick! Dr. McCormick is a professor at California State University Sacramento teaching philosophy of religion and critical thinking. His fantastic blog, Atheism: Proving The Negative, is filled with insightful expositions of theistic arguments and tactics. His argument juxtaposing the historical evidence for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts with the historical evidence for the resurrection is not to be missed! A contributor to the Michael Martin and Ricki Monnier authored The Impossibility of God, to the John Loftus edited The End of Christianity, Professor McCormick joins us to discuss his brand new book Atheism and the Case Against Christ. This book has shot to the top of our list of the leading popular level books that you can read today on atheism. It's fantastic in its clarity and the sharpness of its points. Join us for a great discussion!
Wealth doesn't trickle down, it just floods offshore. New research finds at least 21 trillion dollars, and as much as 32 trillion, has been funneled to tax shelters in foreign countries by the super rich.
Privileging the hypothesis, the most common flaw in arguments for the existence of God.
Politicians and lying. No surprise. But the downright lazy and casual way that the Republicans have been lying is pretty extraordinary.
Phil Plait covered the incredible incidences of death threats being leveled at climate scientists.
A hilarious series of interactions between Carl Zimmer and some creationists shows yet again the intellectual bankruptcy of Intelligent Design.
Need a laugh? Check these out. You won't regret it. It's a series of comics titled How To Suck At Your Religion.
Amidst all the talk from Republicans saying that successful people get successful all on their own without help from the public or the government, successful author John Scalzi reflects on how he got to where he is today. He finds that it never would have happened without lots of people and not without the support of social safety programs funded by the government and taxes.
Meanwhile, the business owner and star of a pro-Romney ad responding to President Obama's (you would have thought uncontroversial) statement that people need the cooperation and help of those around them to make it was found to have received almost a million dollars in federal and state assistance at various times over the years.
The Onion nails the whole Chick-Fil-A douchebaggery with their piece about the release of the restaurant's new sandwich, the "Queer Hatin' Cordon Bleu".
Catholic Church official gets 3 to 6 years for covering up priest abuse.
Does the much vaunted first "potentially habitable" alien world actually exist?
In a win for the forces of secularism and church/state separation, a federal appeals court ruled that a Wisconsin school has to stop holding high school graduation in a church.
Christian patriarchy's message to men: You don't ever have to grow up!
Scientists read monkeys minds, see what they're planning to do before they do it.
Richard Carrier posted to put a cap on his exchange with Bart Ehrman on the release of Ehrman's book on Jesus historicity. If you lost track of the discussion while it was ongoing this is a great chance to catch back up.
NASA initially thought something was wrong with their data when they watched 97% of the Greenland ice sheet melt in the space of 4 days. However, this should really only be a shock if you haven't been paying attention. In related news, a new study shows that the loss of Arctic sea ice is 70% man-made.
Reason number 468,465,164,654,134,641 in my continuing series answering that age old question: What's the harm in believing in nonsense?– There are 13 times more people getting pertussis in Washington this year than last year. Why? Piece of garbage anti-vaccine kooks. Kids.... Kids are literally dying.
New research into the dating of volcanic glass particles indicates that may not have been climate that killed off the Neanderthals after all.
US evangelical Christians are being accused of promoting homophobia in Africa.
You may have heard a theist offer an Argument From Beauty in order to attempt to show God's existence. Just respond with the atheistic Argument From Ugliness.
There's a hidden world of female genital mutilation in the UK with 20,000 girls at risk in the UK and France. Why isn't the UK prosecuting offenders?
The US is the deadliest wealthy country in the world. Can science explain the prevalence of gun violence?
Chris Hallquist wrapped up his series of posts taking a look at William Lane Craig's arguments. Fine-tuning... the Moral Argument... the resurrection... Hallquist finishes by asking why Craig is so dishonest. Jeffery Jay Lowder runs down Hallquist's evidence of Craig's dishonesty in preparation for an examination of whether "dishonest" is the right characterization.
40 economists from across the ideological spectrum find that the Republicans have abandoned economic reality.
Evolution is usually quite slow of course, but sometimes it's incredibly rapid.
The great grandson of L. Ron Hubbard blasts Scientology, says the cult destroyed his family.
The stars of the National Geographic Channel show "Chasing UFO's" are bashing their own show. They say it skews to just entertainment rather than taking a serious look at the subject. I LOL'd. A serious look at the subject?
"[P]ractitioners of paranormal piffle wish to look scientific. They fail under actual scientific scrutiny..." Astrology is more like a religion than science at all.
2 girls go missing in Iowa. 80 psychic mediums offer tips to law enforcement searching for the girls. None of the "tips" agree with each other. Of course.
Empty space has more energy than everything in the universe combined.
New research shows that climate "skeptics" also tend to believe conspiracy theories like that the Moon landings were faked. LOL.
One of the biggest questions at the frontiers of evolutionary biology: Was the course of evolution inevitable?
How our evolved cognitive mechanisms result in our minds being captivated by religions.
3 words: Giant. Prehistoric. Sperm.
A Baptist church in Mississippi has told a black couple they can't get married in the church.
The conversion of a climate change "skeptic". Funded in part by the right wing douchebag Koch brothers, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project was supposed to go over the temperature data and debunk climate change. Instead, upon doing the analysis, the project lead Richard Muller has concluded what climate scientists have been saying for 2 decades and more: the planet is indeed warming, that warming is accelerating, and we're the cause. This graph is as explicit as it could be.
Young gorillas have been seen dismantling poachers' snares. It's fascinating to think of what kind of thought processes this takes to bring off.
Lots of men are sending back their Eagle Scout medal to the Boy Scouts of America in protest of that organization's anti-gay bigotry. Read the letters. Impressive stuff. There's even a Tumblr where the letters are being posted.