Saturday, October 31, 2009

Miracle Marks - Koran signs on boy?

Thousands of pilgrims are flocking to a small village in Russia's republic of Dagestan after versus from the Koran apparently started appearing on the skin of a nine-month-old boy.

While doctors are searching for a medical explanation, the predominantly Muslim society is celebrating what it sees as a miracle.

David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation

For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.

Atheist Experience #628: Salvation

The Atheist Experience TV Show
#626: Salvation
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Tracie Harris

Tracie explains where the notion of salvation comes from.

Sorry: Many audio problems.

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

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French court convicts Church of Scientology "Smurfs of fraud" & not ban the Org Activities of fraud

The Church of Scientology in France has been found guilty of defrauding its followers and its leaders have been handed fines and suspended prison sentences. However, the court did not ban the organisations activities in France. A Paris court on Tuesday convicted the two principal institutions of the Church of Scientology in France of organised fraud, but stopped short of banning the groups activities in France.

The court also levied fines totalling 600,000 euros and handed suspended prison sentences to four French Scientology officials. Scientologys leader in France, Alain Rosenberg, received a two-year suspended sentence and a fine of 30,000 euros.

Man Fired From Home Depot Over One Nation Under God Button

Keezer worked as a cashier at The Home Depot in Okeechobee, where he wear a button with an American flag on it that reads: "One nation under God, indivisible." Then, last month, when he started bringing his Bible to work.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Understanding Ardipithecus (Ardi) A Round Table Discussion

The science world is being rocked by what could be the most profound Paleoanthropology discovery of our time. A fifteen year process examining fossils 4.4 million years old has revealed some earth shattering information about our own evolution. But what exactly does it mean for us? Paula Zone hosts a round table discussion with the scientist that discovered "Adri" Ardipithecus.

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The evolution of religion

Animation by Bobby Standridge Music by Mike Oldfield

Israeli Coffee Shop Predicts Future with Mocha

A successful coffee shop chain in Tel Aviv has launched a campaign to offer free reading of your coffee grounds with its coffees to beat its rivals.

Religious Belief and the Brain

Mind and brain merged during the second half of the 20th century, as scientists gradually discovered brain correlates for such mental functions as learning/memory, logic/reason, decision/behavior, and even emotion (an especially difficult system to understand).

Religious Belief and the Brain – From the BBC documentary, “God on the Brain”

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The View: Does Satan Exist?

A video from The View

Satan made me eat the chocolate cookies...

Mr Deity and the Identity Crisis

Mr. Deity and Jesus try to figure out their relationship.

Joy Behar: Christianity vs Atheism is debated

HLN's Joy Behar: Christianity vs. Atheism - Atheist Christopher Hitchens And Pastor Douglas Wilson Are Interviewed.

Aired October 26, 2009

Golden Crocoduck Award Winner in 2009

Here it is folks! The winner of the 2009 coveted Golden Crocoduck, awarded for the biggest breach of the Ninth Commandment in pursuit of the Creationist cause. Er... that's the one that orders you not to tell fibs. My thanks to BeforetheNoose for setting up the voting page.

Music: Rock Me Amadeus by Falco

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What will you with the Bible

Saul Penn on getting moral without the Bible.

Robert G. Ingersoll Oratory Contest, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC on October 4, 2009.

Letting Science Inform Morality

While science is indelibly distinct from the field of ethics, Richard Dawkins believes that there are a number of ways in which it could greatly benefit our ability to understand and repair the worlds suffering.

Carolyn Jessop: Crimes in the Name of Religion

Carolyn Jessop escaped with her eight children after living the first 35 years of her life as a member of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. Power, not religion, is the driver; abuse and criminal conduct the consequences of this cult's beliefs.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inside Scientology by ABC Nightline

On Scientology. By Abc News 24th October 2009

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Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson on Fox News

Fox & Frinds Discuss: Atheist vs theologian

Atheist Christopher Hitchens And Pastor Douglas Wilson are Interviewed.

Aired October 26, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Father Morris: What Happens When We Die?

From Fox News "Father Knows Best" What Happens When We Die?

Send in your questions to Father Morris:

Hannity attacks atheist NYC Subway atheist ads

Underground Movement. Fox News Hannity (Hannity's America) is talking about the ads "A Million New Yorkers are good without Good. Are you?" made by the Coalition of Reason.

Aired October 20, 2009 on FOX News

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss gives a talk on our current picture of the universe, how it will end, and how it could have come from nothing. Krauss is the author of many bestselling books on Physics and Cosmology, including "The Physics of Star Trek."

Born to Believe by Dr Dylan Evans

Dr Dylan Evans Lecturer in Behavioural Science
School of Medicine. University Collage Cork

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Quranic Verses 'Appear' on Baby's Body

another mind control experiment using religion on the masses. and once again abusing children in the process!

Randolph Nesse, Society and Health

At least three kinds of evolutionary applications are transforming medicine and public health.

First are well-established population genetic and phylogenetic evolutionary methods that are now being used on new genetic data.

Second are attempts to address evolutionary questions about why natural selection left our bodies vulnerable. Some of the most powerful applications are in infectious disease, not just antibiotic resistance but evolutionary models that show how vaccines can shape pathogens to make them worse killers.

Thirdly, Darwins discovery means that our fundamental metaphor for the body has been incorrect.

Thinking about the body as if it is a machine designed by an engineer conceals the reality of a body shaped by natural selection, vastly better than any machine can be in many respects, but hopelessly flawed in other ways that no engineer would tolerate for a minute. These insights are changing medical research and they will improve human health.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Richard Dawkins on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

Richard Dawkins discusses his new book The Greatest Show on Earth on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos.

From 9 29, 2009

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Ardi, Oldest Relative Sheds New Light On Human Evolution

Monkey Tool Usage: Hammer and Anvil

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil using heavy stones to break open aged palm nuts. They also use boulders to rain down terror on jaguars from the top of an escarpment.

From the BBC documentary "Clever Monkeys", narrated by the ever brilliant Sir David Attenborough.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Held by the Taliban

For seven months, The Times's David Rohde was held captive by the Taliban. Much of what he learned during that time came from watching videos- day after day- with his captors.

The New York Times Held by the Taliban - 7 Months, 10 Days in Captivity.

Richard Dawkins - Darwin's Brave New World

Extended Discussions with Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins

October 15, 2009

Benny Hinn: 'I Would Not Do This for Money'

Evangelical Leader Under Senate Investigation Sits With 'Nightline' for Rare Interview.

October 19, 2009 on ABC Nightline

Wake up, America

Pat Condell on religion (islam), sharia, free speach and more

* Ireland passes blasphemy law
* Saudis ask for aid if the world cuts dependence on oil
* Top ten reasons why sharia is bad for all societies

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Richard Dawkins defends theory of evolution

A vociferous defender of Darwin, Richard Dawkins has a new book that lists the evidence that the theory of evolution explains how life on Earth came to be.

Richard Dawkins: Acclaimed science writer and author of the new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution." His previous books include, "The God Delusion," and, "The Selfish Gene."

Ardipithecus Ramidus (Ardi) Walked Upright

The Ardipithecus Ramidus (Ardi) discovery confirms the theory that our ancestors were walking upright long before they ever moved to the open savanna.

Interview with team-leader Dr. Tim White.

CBS Sunday morning

Julia Sweeney, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Prothero, Ellen Johnson and the late Madlyn O'Hair.

Witch Hunts Return to London

As part of Halloween festivities, visitors to a London tourist attraction are given a tongue-in-cheek reminder of the methods used to detect witches in the 17th Century.

The 'Scare Witch Trials' at The London Dungeon challenges the public to sit on human-sized scales and be weighed against an over-sized Bible.

If they are lighter than the Bible they are declared guilty of witchcraft.

An actor playing the part of English witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins took great relish in declaring a passing traffic warden to be a witch.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Atheist Experience #627: The Bible vs Pro Life

Don explores how the pro life movement goes against many aspects of the Bible.

Audio dropped from 7:29 to 20:08.

The Atheist Experience TV Show
#627: The Bible vs. Pro Life
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Don Baker

The Good Word: Missionary Rap

When two missionaries struggle with door to door conversions they take their good word to the streetz...

Flat Earth

The Earth is flat according to the Bible

"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Juday for the four corners of the earth."
Isaiah 11:12

"Again, the devil took him to a very hight mountain and showed him alle the kingdoms of the world and their splendor."
Matthew 4:8

(To seel all kingdoms from the same mountain the earth must be flat)

Pink - God Is a DJ

Pink - God Is A DJ Live TOTP 2004

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lecture: Darwin's universal impact

Was Charles Darwin the most revolutionary scientist ever? If, by revolutionary, we mean the scientist whose discovery initiated the most seismic overturning of pre-existing science, the honour would at least be contested by Newton, Einstein and the architects of quantum theory. Those same physicists might have outclassed Darwin in sheer intellectual fire power. But Darwin probably did revolutionize the world view of people outside science more comprehensively than any other scientist.

Richard Dawkins, Darwin's universal impact

I want to recognize four bridges to evolutionary understanding. The first bridge is to natural selection as a force for weeding out the unfit. The second bridge is the recognition that natural selection can drive evolutionary change. Bridge number three leads to the imaginative grasp of the importance of natural selection in explaining all of life, in all its speciose richness. Bridge number four is the bridge to public understanding and appreciation. Darwin crossed it alone, in 1859, by writing On the Origin of Species. The fifth bridge, which Darwin himself never crossed was neo-Darwinism or what I shall rename digital Darwinism because the essence of Mendelian genetics is that it is digital. As crests get longer, or eyes rounder, or tails gaudier, what is really being carved by natural selection is the gene pool. As mutation and sexual recombination enrich the gene pool, the chisels of natural selection carve it into shape, working away through geological time. It is an image that might have seemed strange to Darwin. But I think he would have come to love it.

from Monday 6. July 2009

OPRAH and Atheism

This is directed towards Oprah with the hope that her staff sees it and she invites one or more of the following thinkers/writers to discuss their books and ideas about God and religions' effects on the wars, violence, and strife in the world. These include Victor Stenger, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris.

Discovering Ardipithecus

Every Human being has one common question, where did we come from? Where do we come from, it's a profound human question. From the beginning we human beings seem so different from the animal world.

Then came Darwin, he concluded that human beings like all living creatures evolved from natural selection. But he didn't have the human fossils to support his ideas. Now from a remote African desert, buried for more then four million years comes the fossil evidence that Darwin could have only imagined

It's a Miracle!

OK...these are some extreme examples, but we've all seen religion insist that "miracles" are proof of God's intervention in the mundane, leaving the rest

Monday, October 19, 2009

Meditation is a Very Simple Phenomenon

When you are not doing anything at all -- bodily, mentally, on no level -- when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that's what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have only to understand it.

Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed -- that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want; finally you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a day.

Once you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation. First, learning how just to be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things.

For example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is not disturbed. I can go on speaking, but at my very center there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent.

So meditation is not against action.
It is not that you have to escape from life.
It simply teaches you a new way of life:
You become the center of the cyclone.

Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely -- with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more creativity -- yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.
You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That's the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost.

That awareness, that watchfulness, should remain absolutely unclouded, undisturbed.
Meditation is a very simple phenomenon.

Daniel Dennett, Human Nature and Belief

Darwin and the evolution of why?

Summary: We human beings are the only living things that can represent, transmit and criticize reasons for doing things and making things. This creates a perspective for us that we can then use to interpret all the rest of the life on the planet, cautiously. Mother natures reasons are not just like our reasons. It is our evolved capacity to ask, and answer, Why questions that gives us, in the end, the kinds of free will worth wanting, the kinds that no other animal has.

Professor Daniel C Dennett (Centre for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)

Intelligent Alien Intervention Institute

A hypothetical dialogue between Gordon J. Glover and the official spokesperson of the Intelligent Alien Intervention Institute on Science NEWS.

They discuss the Academic Freedom legislation that recently became law in Louisianna and how it might also help various theories of Paleo-Contact to be taught alongside mainstream archaeology in the public science classroom.

Hint: this video is a parody mocking Intelligent Design theory and the Discovery Institute.

'We Few, We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers' by Dr. Andy Thomson

Dr. Andy Thomson gives a talk on the motives behind suicide terrorism at the Atheist Alliance International 2007 Conference in Washington, D.C

This video is available on DVD as part of the 'AAI 2007' DVD set available on webshop.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tip of the hat: Conservapedia

Stephen Colbert wants to be a biblical figure on Conservapedia.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Tip/Wag - Conservapedia, Louvre & Honda Unicycle
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Aired Wednesday, October 7, 2009 on Commedy Cental.

PZ Myers on Bill Maher, Ardi, debates, pedophile priests

The Non Prophets from October 10 2009 (33,4 MB mp3) with PZ Myers discuss, well, everything - AAI Convention, Bill Maher, Ardi, debates, pedophile priests.

Baptist Church Plans Bible Burning

A North Carolina church plans to burn what it considers satanic books on Halloween and that includes certain versions of the Bible.

Associated Press October 13, 2009

Salon interview with Richard Dawkins

"Salon spoke with Dawkins via Skype about creationism's popularity in America, its connection with religion, and how he feels about his own notoriety."

Salon Richard Dawkins: God among atheists

How God Is Generated By The Human Mind

J. Anderson Thomson gave his lecture "Why we believe in gods" at the Washington & Lee Law School (W&L Law) in Lexington, VA on October 15, 2008.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Muslim protests Geert Wilders in the UK

Muslim protests met the arrival of Dutch MP Geert Wilders in United Kingdom.

Sell The Vatican, Feed The World

Sarah Silverman's ambitious plan for feeding the world.

One good idea seldom comes alone! Great thinking Sarah Silverman.

From the Heavens or From Nature: The Origins of Morality

Dr. Andy Thomson gives a talk on morality at the Atheist Alliance International 2009 Conference in Burbank, California. Dr. Thomson uses Francis Collins' claim that morality is proof of God as a jumping-off point to discuss what we know about how morality works and where it came from.

From the Heavens or From Nature: The Origins of Morality by Dr. Andy Thomson, AAI 2009

The conference was co-sponosored by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, which brought in several well-known scientists to give talks.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Julia Sweeney on letting go of God

Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries knock on her door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.

As a solo performer, comic actor Julia Sweeney explores love, cancer, family and faith. Her latest solo show and CD, Letting Go of God, is about the "quest for something I could really believe in" -- which turns out to be no God at all.

Respect for religion

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke Tuesday of religious discrimination members of his faith experienced following the passage of California's Proposition 8. He compared it to voter discrimination African Americans suffered in the 1960s.

October 13,2009 on KSL TV (NBC)

Sarah Vowell on religious fredom

Sarah Vowell thinks there would be fewer car bombs if religious fanatics acted more like Puritan theologian Roger Williams.

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Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

Aired on the Commedy Central October 5, 2009 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

How to Brand Pro Vaccination

During the Anti-Anti-Vax Discussion Panel at the Amaz!ng Meeting 7 a good question was asked "How can we brand pro vaccination as well as the anti vaccination movement has done?"

rethinking autism

Atheist Comedy - David Cross

Quick Fix: Atheist Comedy with the comedian David Cross chats with Dan Harris about religion.

By ABC News August 17, 2009

Five Minutes with: Ricky Gervais

"Celebrities and news-makers are grilled by Matthew Stadlen in exactly five minutes in a series for the BBC News website.

This week comedian, actor and writer turned film director Ricky Gervais talks about Britishness, philosophy, science, his atheist beliefs - and why he thinks it's not his problem if people are offended by his comedy."

Simpsons: Creationism vs Evolution

The Simpsons on evolution and creationism. Go Lisa!

Landover Baptist Pastor Preaches to Atheists

Landover Baptist's Pastor Chris Harper addresses thousands of hellbound freethinkers in front of Congress at the Godless March on Washington.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Satan invented the theory of evolution

VenomFangX on evolution (monkey talk)

The Universe - Search For Cosmic Clusters

They are the one-stop-shopping places for learning all about the nature and variety of stars in the Universe. They're unique, because in clusters, all the stars were born at about the same time, from the same material and all are at the same approximate distance from Earth. This means we can be sure that any differences among them are due to their true natures and not distorted by different distances from Earth and other factors.

With Alex Filippenko from University of California, Berkeley.






Ricky Gervais and The Archbishop Of Canterbury

Ricky and The Archbishop on The Simon Mayo Radio Show on BBC Radio 5 Live

19th December 2007.

Atheist Experience #626: Callers on religion

Matt Dillahunty & Jeff Dee talk to callers about religion.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mr Deity and the Science Advisor

Mr. Deity is told that his design for the humans leaves something to be desired.

The Science Advisor is PZ Myers.

One Video EVERY Christian should watch!

Almost no Christians have read the Bible, an interesting irony given that it is purported to be the source of their religion.

When you do read the Bible, its like entering a mad house. The books of Moses are a bloodbath from beginning to end. The God of Moses appears to be a volcano, and worships in an orgy of blood and dismembered animals.

Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth Berkeley Arts and Letters

The Bible says: God Hates Yeast

It's time you started taking the bible seriously. Every Word.

Exodus 12:20
"Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread."

By The Best Church of God.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A kid explain evolution

From October 2009.

Pope Elevates 5 New Saints, 1 for Work in Hawaii

Pope Benedict XVI has recognized five new Catholic saints, including a Belgian priest who worked with leprosy patients on an isolated Hawaiian island in the 19th century.

Superstition still thrives in 2009 in the Roman Catholic Church.

Associated Press, October 11, 2009

Bible In a Minute

Ever wanted to learn everything and yet nothing about the Bible all at the same time? Then this video is for you...

Huge thanks to our buddy Tyler Jacobson for whipping up the graphics for us.

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The Science Network - Daniel Dennett Interview

Interview with Daniel C. Dennett







David Attenborough on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

David Attenborough interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

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Aired 9-18-09

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Christian Trinity

A look at two prominent lines of apologetic bullshit frequently used by Christian apologists in defense of their belief that their god is a trinity.

Sam Harris makes a joke and a point

A segment from a Sam Harris debate with Rabbi David Wolpe.

American Jewish University

'Design vs Chance' by PZ Myers, AAI 2009

Biologist PZ Myers' lecture at the Atheist Alliance International 2009 conference in Burbank, CA. Watch this YouTube channel for many more talks from the conference.

Believe in god

Saturday, October 10, 2009

James Randi TAM7 Excerpt

At the Amaz!ng Meeting 7 in Las Vegas, James Randi, Penn Jillette, Teller, Ray Hayman, Jamy Ian Swiss and Dj Grothe were part of a discussion panel regarding Magicians or Conjurers if you will being involved in scientific investigations into such things as paranormal and pseudoscienctific claims.

James Randi was asked what his opinions are regarding the matter and his answers are very honest and somewhat revealing of his true character.

Richard Dawkins on The O'Reilly Factor: Atheism Angle

October 9, 2009 on FOX News

Buy the book Evolution - the greatest show on Earth.

The Day the Universe Changed - episode 4

A Matter of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge

The medieval world which relied largely on memorized knowledge and the spoken word was transformed by Gutenberg's discovery of the printing press. This new knowledge is examined and connections are drawn to subsequent revolutions in Western thought.






Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burke this series explores influences of discoveries and shared knowledge on the perception of the Universe and man's place in it. James Burke looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Richard Dawkins on Menlo School in Atherton

Richard Dawkins addresses Menlo School in Atherton, CA on October 5, 2009.

Head of School Norm Colb and faculty member Jack Bowen introduce Dr. Richard Dawkins.

Dawkins begins to read an open letter he wrote to his daughter when she was 10.


Dawkins discusses the evidence for evolution provided by the fossil record.

Dawkins discusses evidence for evolution provided by molecular genetics.

Dawkins answers student questions on dinosaur behavior and British creationists

Dawkins answers a student question on the supposed difference between Creationism and Intelligent Design.

Dawkins answers more student questions, including a discussion of selfish genes and altruism.

Video by Christopher Nakayama.

The Biggest Bang that Noone ever heard

LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) is about to hit the moon. The exact time of the impact (give or take a few seconds) is Friday 9th Oct 2009 11:31:30 UTC (about 7.30 EDT).

Its going to hit at about 9000km/hr (~2.5km/s), and with a mass of about 2 tons that will give it about the same energy as a ton of TNT. Its not quite the biggest extra-terrestrial manmade silent bangs ever. Deep Impact which hit comet Temple had a considerably smaller impactor (~400kg) but went MUCH faster (MV^2 counts!). Deep Impact hit the comet at about 10 km/s and had the same energy as about 5 tons of TNT

The "Invisible" God

2-minute which sums up a key argument against God. Like... where the heck is he?

The Day the Universe Changed - episode 3

Point of View: Scientific Imagination in the Renaissance

The astonishing changes that developed out of new discoveries of perspective geometry, new architectural techniques, and the ability to map the world and cross oceans. Also explores how this knowledge led to a new individualism.






Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burke this series explores influences of discoveries and shared knowledge on the perception of the Universe and man's place in it. James Burke looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Richard Dawkins interviews the Bishop of Oxford

Bishop Harries and Richard Dawkins have collaborated on several occasions to promote the proper teaching of science in UK classrooms. This is the full unedited interview, which was originally filmed by IWC for the Channel Four documentary 'Root or All Evil?'





"Moral Beauty" Pageant Held in Saudi Arabia

Aired August 2, 2009 on Al-Arabiya TV

The Day the Universe Changed - episode 2

In the Light of the Above: Medieval Conflict: Faith and Reason

The bitter conflict between reason and faith that followed the Crusaders' invasion of Spain in the 11th century is studied. The time when Christian Europe recaptured from the Arabs a treasure of Greek, Roman, and Arab scientific knowledge.






Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Christopher Hitchens and Tony Jones: Does Religion Poison Everything?

If there were any doubts about writer and general provocateur Christopher Hitchens� ability to pull a crowd, they were entirely dispelled by the sold-out opening night of the first ever Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Presented by the Sydney Opera House and the St James Ethics Centre, the Festival brought together some of the more controversial thinkers from Australia and around the world.

Hitchens keynote address, followed by a discussion with our own Tony Jones, was an expansion on his bestselling, "God is Not Great: Religion Poisons Everything". Hitchens was at his polemical best, delivering a beautifully constructed speech supporting his argument that religion is not only completely implausible, but often actively destructive.

Christopher Hitchens' other books include "Letters to a Young Contrarian", "Why Orwell Matters" and "The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice." He also writes a regular column in "Vanity Fair".

Heaven and Hell - Moshe Kasher

Rooftop Comedy films stand-up comedy 7 nights a week in the best comedy clubs around the world bringing you instant access to the biggest headliners and a first look at the new voices of comedy.

Our standup comedy and original series are enjoyed around the world on TV, online, mobile, print and beyond. Our live comedy events include the prestigious Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival and the year-round National College Comedy Competition.

Evolution - Just a Theory

Professor James explains his theory of evolution.

The Ten Commandments

Ever wonder if The Ten Commandments were truly the divinely-inspired, foundational rules for our lives...or incomplete, semi-irrelevant rip-offs from the holy books of other cultures?

We explore it (with style!).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Day the Universe Changed - episode 1

The Day the Universe Changed: Episode 1 - The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks

The first in a series of ten program this episode illustrates the development of Western knowledge. The inquisitive and logical attitude of the classical Greeks is at the foundation of Western thought with its continuing exploration of new ideas.

This is a great serie!

Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burke this series explores influences of discoveries and shared knowledge on the perception of the Universe and man's place in it. James Burke looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.

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