back again! thanks as always for stopping in to see what i've collected for you guys this week.
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Michael Shermer posted an excerpt from his new book The Believing Brain. remember, our next contest is one in which 3 TA members will win a signed copy of the book to coincide with Dr. Shermer's appearance on The Think Atheist Radio Show. details will be coming soon!
if the Templeton Foundation doesn't stand against science then why do they fund anti-science organizations? and why are those that are funded by Templeton either ignorant of this fact or unwilling to acknowledge it as a problem?
what happens when atheist veterans march in a Memorial Day parade? if you'd expect them to be honored for their service to their country you'd be dead wrong.
need more proof that Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization?
evolutionary psychology and high standards of evidence. many would argue EP doesn't have them.
"[M]ilitant modern atheism is incomplete (and likely counter-productive) so long as
it fails to attend systematically to the roles religion fulfills in human lives... The challenge is to develop a well-articulated and convincing version of secular humanism. Meeting that challenge is... one of the central problems of philosophy today." (pdf)
last week i linked to John Loftus' post looking at the validity of the Courtier's Reply of PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins. this week saw PZ Myers responded to Loftus. Loftus replied in turn. Chris Hallquist chimed in with his thoughts. and our own host of the Think Atheist Radio Show, Greg gave his perspective.
a gay teen describes her experience at a Utah brainwashing facility.
lots of buzz around the World Health Organization's statement this week that there's perhaps a link between cell phones and cancer. lots of freaking out over this one. so skepticism rides in to the rescue to put it in context. Ed Yong explained just what the WHO's announcement meant. Michael Shermer gave his thoughts, arguing physics shows that cell phones simply can't cause cancer. Maggie Koerth-Baker gave her thoughts too. and even if there was a risk it's only a risk to a small number of people.
(anyway, forget cancer, what do cell phones do to your sperm??)
Michael Shermer also wrote this week about how to resist the understandable appeal of complimentary and alternative medicine.
continuing with his series on Substance Dualism (SD), John Danaher of Philosophical Disquisitions asks if SD has any explanatory power.
wanting to address the backlash over his previous post on free-will, Sam Harris posted to explain why you still don't have free-will.
Mormon Mitt Romney has thrown his hat into the 2012 US presidential ring. Christopher at TPA posted to suggest that the news media needs some perspective when asking whether or not the country is ready to elect a Mormon to the White House.
having worn a Muslim headscarf for most of her life this woman took it off and wrote about her experiences in the first few days after doing so.
have religious experiences? part of your brain is likely to have shrunk by the time you're older.
Richard Carrier blogged on two of the what are certainly numerous interpolations in the letters of Paul.
striving for the speed of light. why it's such a speed limit.
religious people really are more dogmatic and conservative.
in a South African gold mine... finding a worm that just shouldn't be alive down there.
part of being a skeptic is recognizing how fallible our powers of reason, perception and memory really are. Steven Novella helps get you to that recognition by explaining how false memories can be easily planted.
acupuncturists show that acupuncture doesn't work, then conclude otherwise.
surely after this we don't need to address the "atheism is a religion" bullshit.
who wants to bet it won't matter?
an anomaly in the data coming from the Tevatron might actually indicate new physics. maybe.