Sunday, January 31, 2010

Howard Stern Show - Ghosts, Death, the After Life

Q and A: Does Prayer Work?

Why not put the Power of Prayer...to the test?

Divine Impulses - Greg Epstein on Humanism and Being Good Without God

Humanism is the constant reminder that we don't get a do-over," said Epstein, Harvard's Humanist chaplain. "We don't get a re-take. This [life on earth] is it."



Good Without God

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

The Universe - Biggest Blasts

Examination of the most powerful explosions and blasts in the universe. Includes a look at the Mexico's Yucat√°n peninsula and the impact which caused the Chicxulub crater. Also a look at gamma rays and Big Bang Theory.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

"There's a flip side to everything,"

the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Homeopathy Sleepingpill Overdose - Sydney 2010

Richard Saunders, James Crawley, Meg McFarline, Jarrah Reay, Belinda Stephens and Jane Aubourg



Homeopathy: There's nothing in it

Why do people laugh at creationists? (Part 32)

Kent Hovind and his retard offspring Eric Hovind push 'four questions', and attempt to contrast how science views the question with how their particular sect does. The underling sentiment is 'it more pleasant to believe ours, therefore its more likely to be true'. Needless to say, its more pleasing, and the questions are better answered if you assume you are 'God'. Just because it makes you happy, doesn't make it true.

Why Do People Laugh at Creationists, Part 32.


Anyway, the obvious follow on to this is what does science say about mankind, and how does this compare to anything obtained from any of the bronze age religious texts.

Sanal Edamaruku on horoscope for school career counseling

Marigold Public School in India organized career counseling for students on the basis of their horoscopes. Astrologers asked students to chant mantras. TV discussions with Sanal Edamaruku on one side and the principal of Marigold public school & astrologers on the other went several hours in different Indian TV channels.



The principal apologized in live TV for his mistake. In one TV discussion students also participated. Parents & students joined the side of reason. Following Sanal Edamaruku's campaign, career counseling with horoscopes in the school was stopped. Excerpts from the discussion in IBN-7 TV.

Friday, January 29, 2010

How Earth Made Us: Water

Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history.

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Russia Plans to Ban Damaging Cults



January 26, 2010 on Russia Today

Reddit interviews PZ Myers

PZ Myers answered reddit.com's top ten questions.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bill O'Reilly vs Jehmu Greene on Focus On The Family's Anti-Abortion Super Bowl Ad

FOX News with Jehmu Greene, President of the Women's Media Center



Aired January 26, 2010 on FOX News the O'Reilly Factor

My Favorite Christian is an Atheist

Edward Current just found out that my favorite YouTuber for Christ is actually a godless atheist God-mocker.

God is British - Al Murray Live at the O2 Arena

Clip from Al Murray - The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British Tour Live at the O2 Arena.

Al Murray "God Does Exist!"

Al is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord.



Al Murray as The Pub Landlord: "God Does Exist!".

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alan Grayson on The Christian Right's Pact With The Devil

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on The Christian Right's Pact With The Devil

Popemobile in Sydney 2009



The Secular Party of Australia

CBS News: Virgin Mary in Church Fountain?

In a Virginia Church fountain, a water stain closely resembles a silhouette of the Virgin Mary. WTKR's Marie Coronel shows us this miraculous sighting.



From CBS News aired January 26, 2010

Cthulhu vs Christianity

Jack Cafferty on Saudi Arabia

13-Year-Old Saudi Girl Sentenced to 90 Lashes and Jail For Bringing a Cell Phone to School



January 21, 2010 on CNN with Jack Cafferty

Read more at the Daily Mail Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school 21st January 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mr Deity and the Promised Land

Mr. Deity is questioned by Larry about his plans for the Promised Land.

Quran Commercial

A Volatile History | Ep1 Discovering the Elements

The explosive story of chemistry is the story of the building blocks that make up our entire world - the elements. From fiery phosphorous to the pure untarnished lustre of gold and the dazzle of violent, violet potassium, everything is made of elements - the earth we walk on, the air we breathe, even us. Yet for centuries this world was largely unknown, and completely misunderstood.

BBC | Chemistry: A Volatile History | Ep1 Discovering the Elements
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Books to read: The Necronomicon

Do you want to be a nicer person?
Are you looking for inspiration to do good things?



Well keep looking.

Peter Atkins vs Discovery Institute's Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design and "Expelled" The Movie

The documentary film "Expelled" is presented by US Actor Ben Stein and makes the case that scientists who question Darwinian orthodoxy and support Intelligent Design are being "expelled" from academia.

As the UK edition of the DVD is released we ask "Is freedom of thought at stake or is Intelligent Design out of bounds when it comes to biological science?"

Listen to the debate

Download debatre as mp3

Stephen C Meyer is co founder of the Discovery Institute in the USA and a major proponent of Intelligent Design.

Peter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University and an outspoken atheist.

They both feature in "Expelled" and join Justin to debate the pros and cons of Intelligent Design theory.



Evolution is cool

Nerdstock: 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People

A non-religious Christmas celebration of comedy, science and music recorded live at London's Hammersmith Apollo in December 2009. Stand-up comedian and humanist Robin Ince is joined by a host of leading lights from the world of science, including Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre, as well as musicians and top comedians from Mark Steel to Shappi Khorsandi.

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Full line up:
Robin Ince, Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Mark Steel, Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden, Robyn Hitchcock, Jim Bob and Baba Brinkman.

James Randi, "Head-On" and Homeopathy

When you've got a headache, you go to the pharmacy and you assume that all these medications are going to do the trick. But will they?

Here's a guy - James Randi - who says he'll bet a million dollars a least one of the products on this shelf doesn't do anything for you at all.

Octopus Tool Use: The World's Smartest Invertebrate

The octopus is widely regarded as the worlds smartest invertebrate, and now a new study adds evidence to that claim.


Octopus Tool Use: The World's Smartest Invertebrate.

Those who work with cephalopods are not surprised; they know how intelligent these creatures are. In fact, we asked two of the Academys biologists about this finding.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

James Randi the ADE651 aka Quadro Tracker

James Randi discusses James McCormick and his arrest on fraud charges for his "bomb dowsing" device, The ADE 561.



Recorded 1/22/2010 at the James Randi Educational Foundation video room.

Guardian UK: Boss who sold bomb detectors to Iraq arrested over fraud

Homeopathy vs Richard Dawkins

Oxford professor and arguably the world's most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins takes a look at Homeopathy.

UK Bans Exports of "Bomb Detecting" Dowsing Rods

The UK government has announced a ban on the export to Iraq and Afghanistan of some so-called "bomb detectors".



It follows an investigation by the BBC's Newsnight programme which found that one type of "detector" made by a British company cannot work.

The Iraqi government has spent $85m on the ADE-651 and there are concerns that they have failed to stop bomb attacks that have killed hundreds of people.

The ban on the ADE-651 and other similar devices starts next week.

January 22, 2010 on BBC Newsnight:

Homeopathy is full of shit



Homeopathy: There's nothing in it

How Earth Made Us: Deep Earth Part

How the forces of the deep Earth played a role in the development of human civilisation.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Christian TV Gets Rick Roll'd

Vatican bank accused of laundering

The Vatican is facing some awkward questions after an investigation was launched into its alleged involvement in a money-laundering scheme.

The Orangutan and the Hound

Nature :-)

Jesus Rifles De-Scriptured



Aired on The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, January 21, 2010

Mexican pet blessing

Pet owners have turned up at a church at Mexico City to have their animals blessed by the priest.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa

Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa from D.G. Wills Books, La Jolla, 2006.

50 % Never go to Church!

Yes, within this study in upstate NY, 50 % never went to church, although apparently some 85%+ were Christian(!).



The five questions that were asked:
1) Sex
2) Age
3) Are you worried about the future
4) How often do you go to Church
5) Is your personal relationship with God more important than going to Church

Stephen Fry Philosophy, Logic and Reason

Question: What philosophers influenced you?

Stephen Fry: Philosophy is an odd thing. When we use the word in everyday speech you know you sometimes hear it hilariously. They say, Oh, its never good to be late. Thats my philosophy.

You think thats a generous description of that rather dull precept to call it a philosophy, but its odd how philosophers generally speaking, at least the ones Ive read or the ones I you know value, dont have in that sense a philosophy. There is no particular Socratic or Dimechian or Kantian way to live your life. They dont offer ethical codes and standards by which to live your life.



They dont offer a philosophy to follow. They just simply raise an enormous number of questions mostly, so in the sense that you put the question is there a philosopher thats important to me.

Well I me I loved really the sort of the Bertrand Russell grand sort of tour of philosophy, the history of philosophy from the pre Socratics as they're called, Zeno and so on through to Socrates and Plato and Aristotle.

I never quite liked Aristotle. I think thats partly... Although he was obviously a genius and brilliant and he invented logic, so whats not to like. I think it was his influence on the medieval mind was probably rather pernicious and unfortunate and all those categories and things, but when it opened up with I suppose Spinoza and them, but then Kant and the enlightenment era.

Oh and actually Locke. I did like Locke. He was a fine philosopher, but they dont... I mean what is so great about them is that they just... Theyre quite scary when you think of the word philosopher and especially if its logic and symbolic logic and it gets onto Hegelian philosophies, incredibly difficult to read I find and you follow it for about... Well its like trying to grab a salmon.

You know the harder you clutch at it the more it springs, slips out of your hand and whoa, its gone and you chase it again and what was that and you feel very stupid, but the... I think the beauty of questioning and simplicity that you get from Kant in particular I think is just amazing because its like they say of simple mathematical laws that make fractals, the tiniest little elegant observation about or question about something just spins out these immensely complex things that make you rethink everything.

So yes, I think philosophy is a really important dimension, but I think in our age we tend to be rather sloppy about it. We either think Buddhism is philosophy, which you know or some sort of eastern thing about being nice and spiritual and that will do, which its fine.

I mean you know obviously I believe in kindness and niceness and lots of spiritual things, but the real intellectual rigor and quest of logic is something that Im afraid takes incredibly hard work and we live in an age in which hard work is if not actively deprecated or denigrated it is run away from or ignored.

Its sort of people frown at you and say, Well, thats a bit dull and stupid. Why cant we just short circuit it and talk about like spirit? Well yeah, you can say spirit, but if you think thats philosophy and if you think thats good enough.

The most important philosophy I think is that even if it isnt true you must absolutely assume there is no afterlife. You cannot for one second I think, abbragate the responsibility of believing that this is it because if you think youre going to have an eternity in which you can talk to Mozart and Chopin and Schopenhauer on a cloud and learn stuff and you know really get to grips with knowledge and understanding and so you wont bother now.

I think its a terrible, a terrible mistake. It may be that there is an afterlife and Ill look incredibly stupid, but at least I will have had a crammed pre afterlife, a crammed life, so to me the most important thing is you know as Kipling put it, to fill every 60 seconds with you know what is it? To fill every unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run.

You know absolutely, so thats all Im saying I suppose. Is that there is no point wasting time being lazy, though of course indolence in a divine way, actually has its advantages.

Ghosts in photo - or just kids

Thursday, January 21, 2010

666 - Diablo

How Evolution Adds New Information

DonExodus2 discuss how evolution adds new information to a genome, thus refuting the common creationist myth.

Hate speech or Free speech? Geert Wilders on trial

The trial of a Dutch anti-islam politician charged with hate crimes has begun in Amsterdam. It is a landmark case testing the limits of free speech in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders has been charged with incitement of hatred and discrimination against Muslims.



In his short film, Fitna, he compared the Koran to Hitler's Mein Kampf. Supporters of Mr Wilders have been demonstrating outside the Amsterdam court. If he loses he faces two years in prison.

SMBC Theater - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dude, I think Jesus got in my grilled cheese sandwich.



Executive Producers: Zach Weiner, Marty Weiner, James Ashby
Directed by: Kelly Smith
Color by: Chason Chaffin

Starring:
James - James Ashby
Zach / Jesus - Zach Weiner
Kelly - Kelly Smith

Atheist Experience #640: Viewer Calls

The Atheist Experience TV Show
#640: Viewer Calls
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Martin Wagner
2010-01-17



Martin and Matt take viewer calls.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Why Do Viruses Kill?

Series exploring topical scientific issues. Just months ago, a new disease threatened to kill millions. In the UK alone, 65,000 deaths were predicted. Yet dire warnings about new flu variant H1N1 have not materialised.

If this latest pandemic has taught anything, it is just how little is understood about the invisible world of viruses. Horizon follows the leading researchers who are attempting to unravel the many secrets of viruses to understand when and why they kill.

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U.S. Military Rifle Scopes Inscribed with Bible Verses

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company.

At the end of the serial number on Trijicon's ACOG gun sight, you can read "JN8:12", a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."



Janauary 18, 2010 on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow

Read more on ABC News U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes Jan. 18, 2010

Pastor says Barack Obama is pure evil

Pastor James David Manning says President Barack Obama is an evil, evil man. Spiritually.

The Importance of Unbelief - Stephen Fry

If you assume there’s no afterlife, Stephen Fry says, you’ll likely have a fuller, more interesting life.

Monday, January 18, 2010

God and the Bible on death penalty

Stephen Colbert brings up Gods view on death penalty according to the Bible

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Fatal Subtraction - Barry Scheck
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorEconomy


From Commedy Central Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh my God! It’s Jesus on a banana!

Sitting down for an after lunch snack turned into a brush with all things holy when Lisa Swinton saw the face of Jesus on her banana peel.



By The Daily Telegraph Jesus image appears on banana peel.

Atheist Experience: Viewer Calls + POE Debate

Russell & Jen take viewer calls and then debate Pastor Kyle Miller on the Problem of Evil.



The Atheist Experience TV Show
#639: Viewer Calls + POE Debate
Host: Russell Glasser
Co-host: Jen Peeples
Guest: Kyle Miller
10. January 2010

The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand.

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It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how did we get here?

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In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder?

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It's a mindbending, counterintuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea. But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern.

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The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans - after watching this film you'll never be able to look at the world in the same way again.

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Ken McCue interview with George Hook on Newstalk

Ken McCue has been officially certified an Atheist by the Vatican, it took 8 years, heres his story...

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Gorge Hook - A Certified Atheist on the show
new website Count Me Out website for Catholics who want to officially quit the faith, the faith that is given to you when in Baptism when really you didn't have much choice in the matter, well Ken McCue is a certified Atheist, you managed to get disentangled not a member any more.

Irelands Atheist community
UCC Atheists

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jesus and Maria Magdalene - washing of hair

A bit Christianity



The Daily Show on Haiti Earthquake Reactions

Rush Limbaugh complains that Obama will benefit from the earthquake in Haiti, and Pat Robertson blames the tragedy on a deal with the devil.

Haiti Earthquake Reactions - From The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Daily Show. Aired on January 14, 2010 on Comedy Central

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Help Haiti via Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help disaster victims.

Sanal Edamaruku on Godman trampling on infants

Sanal Edamaruku speaks about a shocking and dangerous ritual in Bihar. A godman tramples on infants to bless them. Parents bring their children for this blessing.



The parliament member from this area, a minister and a top priest defend the ritual in the name of religion and tradition. Two days after this TV interview, the godman was arrested and this ritual ended.

The Hidden Story of Jesus

As Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, theologian Dr Robert Beckford investigates remarkable parallels to the Christ story in other faiths, some of them predating Christianity by thousands of years.

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The Hindu god, Krishna, was conceived by a virgin and his birth was attended by angels, wise men and shepherds. Buddha was also the result of a miraculous birth, and was visited by wise men bearing gifts. He, too, began his ministry at about 30-years-old and performed such miracles as walking on water and feeding 500.

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Some people in India believe that Jesus did not die on the cross but escaped from Roman Palestine and ended up in Kashmir. There, they say, he continued to preach, had a wife and child, and later died and was buried.

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Jesus was, of course, born a Jew, and Christians believe he is the Messiah prophesied in the Torah, which is the holy scripture of the Jews. Meanwhile, Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet but do not believe he died on the cross. Instead, according to Islam, God saved him and took him up to heaven, and he will return and be buried next to Muhammed.

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In this Channel 4 (UK) Christmas Day programme, Robert Beckford attempts to unravel the mystery of why there are so many versions of the Christ story across the world and asks which is the real one, and where this leaves the Christian story and his own belief in Jesus.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Why Religion?

I see no reason for the social taboo of not examining religion, the origin of religion, and the role it plays in societies.



To this end, I did what any curious mind would do... I took a brief look at the circumstantial evidence, put forward a testable proposition, and set forward to test it. Quite a lot of donkey work in this sort of thing, but seeing as religion is a pervasive human behavior, it is my hope that relatively small sample sizes will give a general and representative feel for the role of religion in societies.

Children's Guide to Religion



Blasphemy Channel. Pissing off religious people one laugh at a time.

Father Knows Best How To Dodge Good Questions



January 15, 2010 on FOX News with Fr. Jonathan Morris

Michael Shermer Remote Viewing Experiment

Michael Shermer takes a seminar on remote viewing, a form of ESP in which one attempts to psychically view a remote object, person, or place through intuition or a sixth sense. Shermer reveals the normal explanation for this apparently paranormal phenomenon.

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How To Demonstrate God's Existence

How To Demonstrate The Existence Of God




(Taken from The Atheist Experience #638 with Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Charles Fleischer insists: All things are Moleeds

In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map. Geometry, numbers, charts and stamp art also factor in (somehow), as he weaves together a unique theory of everything called "Moleeds."

Psycho Talk with Pat Robertson

In the January 13 edition of Christian Broadcasting Networks' "The 700 Club" Pat Robertson said: "Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people may not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French you know, Napoleon III, and whatever and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you get us free from the French.' True story. And so the Devil said, 'Okay, its a deal.' ... But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other ..."



Help Haiti via Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help disaster victims.

Hindus visit the Ganges for spiritual cleansing

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims have braved a winter chill by taking a dip in the Ganges River.

The ritual, which is celebrated every three years and rotates to four different Indian cities, carries one of the world's largest religious congregations.


Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri reports.

In the first part of the Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival, Hindus gather in the city of Haridwar, located in the northern Himalayas.

They believe the ritual bath washes away all sins and more than 50 million devotees from India and abroad are expected to arrive for a spiritual cleansing over the next few weeks.


AlJazeera English January 14, 2010

Andy Rooney on his atheism

Andy Rooney talks about his atheism and his views on religion in this short September 2008 interview with the Humanist Network News podcast of the Institute for Humanist Studies.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pat Robertson: Haiti made pact with the Devil

From the January 13 edition of Christian Broadcasting Networks' The 700 Club



Holy crap, Pat Robertson is nuts! (a true Crazy Christian)


TV Evangelist Pat Robertson made some unusual observations about the Haiti earthquake on his CBN newscast Wednesday, calling the quake a possible blessing and saying the Haitian people are cursed.

Pat Robertson Calls Quake 'blessing in Disguise'

From Associated Press January 13, 2010


This video is from The Rachel Maddow Show aired on MSNBC, 1-13-2010.



Pat Robertson claims the people of Haiti made a deal with the devil, and got an earthquake from God in return. Isn't Pat Robertson awesome?

GOD (and Pat Robertson) Versus HAITI (and the DEVIL)


Help Haiti via Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help.

Thank God for Andy Choudary



British soldiers are like Nazis, says hate cleric
Government shuns Muslim Council of Britain over link with Hamas
Britain divided by Islam

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin about God's ole in Life

Beck Asks Palin About God's Role in Her Life, Country



Aired January 13, 2010 on FOX News with Glenn Beck

Scientology: Inside the Cult

Hidden cameras go inside the London Scientology Org cult



1995

Learn more about Scientology.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Muslim Protestors Against UK Soldiers Undeterred by Court Verdict



January 11, 2010 on ITV News

James Randi Speaks - Chemotherapy

James Randi tells us about his chemotherapy treatment and encourages others to not be afraid to get treatment.

Science it works!


Recorded 1/12/2010 at the James Randi Educational Foundation video room.

Scott Roeder: Killing Dr. Tiller Was Justified

Katie Couric speaks with CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford about a Kansas judge's decision to not block a suspect's controversial defense for the murder of an abortion clinic doctor.

Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Presented by Dacher Keltner. Prof. Keltner will be presenting work related to his recent book "Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life":



"In this talk I will survey the latest evolutionary and neuroscience that aligns with Charles Darwin's thesis that sympathy is our strongest instinct, or that we are born to be good. I will take the audience on a tour of recent evolutionary thought, which suggests that our hyper vulnerable offspring rearranged our brains, genes, and social structures. I will detail new research on the vagus nerve and oxytocin, branches of the nervous system that have evolved to enable cooperation, trust, and caretaking. I detail new signaling systems -- tactile communication and vocalization -- which are critical to the transmission of prosociality across individuals. Throughout the talk I integrate the latest science with the wisdom found in Eastern thought."

Dr. Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and Director for Greater Good Science Center.

Google Tech Talk from December 9, 2009

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

New Novel about the New Atheism: Rebecca Goldstein's, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.

"So extravagantly witty and smart that it's making everything else I've read recently seem drab."
-Ron Charles, Senior Editor at the Washington Post Book Review



"Comic and supremely witty, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God is both a satire of the academic world and a feast of philosophical and religious ideas."
-Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams

"You do not have to perpetrate an act of faith to confront the question of why there is something rather than nothing. It is faith itself that consists of nothing. Rebecca Goldstein, on the other hand, is quite something."
-Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great


"Rebecca Newberger Goldstein does it all. She has written a hilarious novel about people's existential agonies, a page-turner about the intellectual mysteries that obsess them. The characters in 36 Arguments For the Existence of God explore the great moral issues of our day in a novel that is deeply moving and a joy to read."
-Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stephen Fry - God Is Everywhere

Look at the world

Constitution Guarantees Freedom "Because We Are Created in God's Image"



January 11, 2010 on FOX News with Judge Andrew Napolitano

Adam Carolla RANTS About How Religion Ruins Society

Adam Carolla about abortion and the morning after pill and why religious people don't really care about people.

Mr Deity and the Hard Wire

The head of R&D explains the limitations of the human brain to Mr. Deity and Lucy.

Monday, January 11, 2010

God Is Smart!

God is smart: Human sacrifice. Abraham's sacrifice of his son Isaac.



Bible story: Abraham's Sacrifice of his son Isaac.

When Isaac became a young boy, God spoke to Abraham and commanded him to take his son to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice to God. This was Gods test of Abrahams faith. Abraham loved his son very much, but did not hesitate to follow Gods words for he was a man whose faith in God was strong.

As Abraham and his son reached the place where the sacrifice was to be performed, Isaac said to his father, "Father, where is the lamb that is to be sacrificed?" Abraham replied, "My son, God will provide the lamb."

It is not known how eventually Abraham told his son that he was to be the sacrifice, but Isaac laid on the sacrificial place ready to be sacrificed for god.

As Abraham was taking out his knife, his hands were trembling. He was about to sacrifice his son when heard the voice of God saying, "Abraham, Stop! Do not hurt your son. You have proven your faith and shown how much you love Me by willing to sacrifice your son for Me. Therefore, I shall bless you and your family, and through you, I shall bless all the nations on earth."


Godless comedy from That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Low - Murderer

Low performs a track off their latest release "Drums and Guns" in-studio at The Current.



Lyrics:

One more thing before I go
One more thing I’ll ask you Lord
You may need a murderer
Someone to do your dirty work

Don’t act so innocent
I’ve seen you pound your fist into the earth
And I’ve read your book
It seems that you could use another fool
Well I’m cruel
And I look right through

You must have more important things to do
So if you need a murderer

UAE Sheikh Cleared in videotaped Torture Case

A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country's royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.

ABC News video



CNN's Stan Grant interviews the lawyer for Sheik Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has been cleared of all charges against him



Aired on CNN January 10, 2010

Prehistoric footprint rewrites history

A set of prehistoric footprints discovered in Poland has turned the theories of how land animals evolved on its head.

Rednex - Devil's On The Loose

Rednex - Devil's On The Loose - Official Video. From the forthcoming album Saturday Night Beaver.



Released in partnership with The Pirate Bay.

Directed and animated by Emil Henricsson. Music & Production by Janne Ericsson.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Special Investigation - Evolution

One of the most fascination things for me about the whole religion debate, is the quality of the arguments that come from the religious side in response to the atheist/anti-theist kickback of recent years. Quality? It's too positive a word.



The quality of the arguments is dreadful. It truly fascinates me to see these desperately bad arguments, so easily debunked and deflected, coming back at us time and time again. I dealt with one of them in a recent video called "Atheists secretly believe in Yahweh", and this video is a similar thing, about creationism's terrible arguments (if you can call them that).
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