Thursday, January 31, 2013

Astronomy for Skeptics - James McGaha

In this workshop from TAM 2012, presenter James McGaha uses his years of experience as a USAF pilot and astronomer to teach you how to determine what those mysterious lights in the sky really are.


Weddings: How humanists celebrate weddings

Teaching resource/educational video for Humanism 4 Schools.
Weddings: How humanists celebrate weddings.

KS2 : Age 7-11

Scientology: Advanced Ability Center

Shiona Fox-Ness' 1984 video of the AAC Santa Barbara.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why be a Humanist: Who are humanists?

Teaching resource/educational video for Humanism 4 Schools.
Why be a Humanist: Who are humanists?

KS3 : Age 11-14

Atheist Experience #796: Viewer Calls

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #796: Viewer Calls
Host: Russell Glasser
Co-Host: Jeff Dee

Russell and Jeff take callers.

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. DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via our products page (

Cherenkov Radiation

Sure, our atmosphere protects us from a horrible Universe that's trying to kill us, but sometimes it prevents us from learning stuff too. Case in point, the atmosphere blocks highly energetic particles from reaching our detectors. But there's a way astronomers can still detect their influence: Cherenkov Radiation; the cascade of radiation that blasts out as a high-energy particle makes its way through the atmosphere, like a radioactive rainshower.

Astronomy Cast Ep 289 Cherenkov Radiation

Bryan Fischer Explodes over Boy Scouts Ending National Ban on Gays

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer explodes over the news that the Boy Scouts may drop the organization's ban on gay members.

Focal Point on AFA Channel, January 2013

Forced to be Guilty

Too often, choice is confused with capability and/or compulsion; because of this, the concept of free will is often misused in theology.

Free Will. Video from January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

God used Election to Expose Pro-Obama "False Church"

Televangelist Harry Jackson says the 2012 election will be used to "take out" Obama voters from the church and replace them with conservatives according to Seven Mountains Dominionism.

Testimony against Montana's creationist bill, HB 183

When the time came for Montanans to speak about a creationist bill, no one but its author could be found to speak for it. Dozens of scientists, educators, theologians, and concerned parents came to the legislature to insist: "No creationism in Montana."

January 25, 2013

Why Women Need Freedom From Religion

"Why Women Need Freedom From Religion"

Moderator: Susan Jacoby
Speakers: Greta Christina, Wafa Sultan, Annie Laurie Gaylor and R. Elisabeth Cornwell

Filmed at the Center for Inquiry's 2012 Women in Secularism Conference.

Copyright 2013 Center for Inquiry

Video produced by Adam Isaak with assistance from Bill Goodwin.

Has anyone seen a ghost?

Jimmy Carr - Has anyone seen a ghost?

Monday, January 28, 2013

From Witch Burning to God-men: Supporting Skepticism Around the World

Belief in pseudoscience and the paranormal can cause harm all over the world. In this workshop from TAM 2012, Nigerian skeptical activist Leo Igwe, Australian skeptical activist Eran Segev, and JREF Outreach Coordinator Brian Thompson teach you how to help promote evidence-based thinking from a distance.

"From Witch Burning to God-men: Supporting Skepticism Around the World"

Video from TAM 2012

1 Corinthians 13

The point of the video - the bible is as good a source of information on the topic of LOVE, as any ancient desert scribblings. Sure, taken on its own, 1 Cor 13:4-7 is very nice, but not as nice as other descriptions of love that human beings have come up with. And anyway - would you take advice about love from someone whose biography revealed them to be an appallingly UNLOVING character in the first place?

The bible demolishes itself as a useful source for anything, other than an anthropological study in the history of metaphysical wonderings, superstition, ignorance, and delusion. When you read the words on the pages of the bible, what you actually see is horror, fear, violence, anger, rage, jealousy (fuck it, I think jealousy is a pretty low emotion/characteristic), pettiness, death, fear, - the very worst of human nature.

Just because there are a couple of nice sentences scattered throughout it to doesn't make up for the bulk of it being so revolting.

Former Methodist Pastor Speaks About The Atheist Community

Teresa MacBain - Former Methodist Pastor Speaks About The Atheist Community

Teresa is a graduate of The Clergy Project.

From Pastors to Atheists
The Clergy Project - The Atheist Experience 780

Church of Scientology: The Tip of the Spear

Joel Sappell talked about “The Tip of the Spear,” his January feature about the unnerving events that happened to him when he reported on the Church of Scientology in the mid 1980s, on KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? with Warren Olney yesterday. Listen to the discussion here (it begins just before the 18 minute mark):

On Air: "The Tip of the Spear" Los Angeles Magazine

Quranic Origins - Earlier texts which may have influenced it

Talk about early muslim text

The Jinn and Tonic Show, January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Atheism as a Movement - Not Philosophy

David Silverman, President of the American Atheists, joins Media Mayhem to talk about the lack of separation of Church and State, Christianity trying to monopolize American society, and going into the lion's den of FOXNews.

David also illuminates us to the real reason that Bill O'Reilly famously called Christianity a "philosophy, not a religion," and why atheists have been let down by President Obama.

David Silverman is President of American Atheists and was the Creator and Executive Producer of the Reason Rally. He attended Brandeis University, where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science while honing his debating skills with theists in numerous informal debates. Dave served as a professional inventor at Bell Labs for 8 years (74 issued patents) and a Marketing Director for Natural Microsystems.

He has been an atheist since he was 6-years-old. Dave became an activist in 1996 and soon became New Jersey State Director. He also founded the Alliance of Lucent and AT&T Atheists and Secularists, the first employee club of its kind. He was tapped to be the National Spokesperson in 2004, and then was named Vice President in 2008. The Board of Directors elected Dave as President in September of 2010.
David has appeared on most major news programs including The O'Reilly Factor (spawning the famous "WTF meme-face"), Scarborough Country, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Paula Zahn NOW, Nick News, Hannity and Colmes, FOX and Friends, NPR's All Things Considered, and many more. David hosts the Atheist Viewpoint TV show with co-host Dennis Horvitz.


00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem.
02:03 Welcoming David Silverman to the show.
03:38 Why go on Sean Hannity and FOXNews?
10:59 What are you fighting for?
15:35 The big umbrella that constitutes Atheism.
18:26 Disorganized numbers that struggle for a political voice.
21:35 "Christianity is a philosophy not a religion."
23:40 What Atheism is for, and the Newtown tragedy.
30:50 Atheist response to tragedies and Obama's religious sympathy.
35:37 How do you keep from sounding like you are anti-religion?
39:15 The legal solution is not necessarily the best solution at the WTC.
42:34 The money behind the World Trade Center memorial.
44:20 Provocative billboards vs. raising awareness.
51:44 "Do you care if people think the way you think?"
54:32 "What is problematic about religion?"
59:03 Thanks and Goodbye!

Learning Space with CosmoQuest

Learning Space with CosmoQuest Jan 23 2013

Truth Beyond Scientology Hysteria with Tony Ortega

Former Village Voice Editor, and authority on all things Scientology, Tony Ortega, joins Media Mayhem to separate the rumors from the researched facts on the group.

Tony Ortega gives the real story behind the organizations in-fighting, process of blacklisting, and the veil of silence that extends to all members of the Church. He also clues outsiders in on the reasons that Church members are unhappy with their leadership, and why it is the ideal religion for megalomaniacs.

Tony Ortega is a former editor of The Village Voice who is working on a book on Scientology and blogs at He lives in New York.

Media Mayhem : Truth Beyond Scientology Hysteria with Tony Ortega

00:01 Coming Up on Media Mayhem.
00:56 Welcoming Tony Ortega to the show.
02:45 Thoughts on the book, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright.
04:57 The press is opening up to writing about Scientology again.
09:49 Tommy Davis, defecting top brass, and the faded front of the Church.
12:40 Talking to Scientologists-at their own hazard.
15:03 The reason Scientology is in trouble with their own members.
20:30 Are celebrities aware of what goes on at the lower levels?
24:28 The relationship between Tom Cruise and David Miscavige.
29:02 The Holmes/Cruise divorce.
33:09 The rap from disgruntled Church members.
38:01 Appreciating the journalism of others.
41:52 The many people that come forward and talk, and the many more that do not.
44:07 Why are actors particularly susceptible to Scientology?
47:04 Thanks and Goodbye!

Proud American Scrotum

If you don't know what this video is parodying and/or aren't familiar with Alex Jones, then check this video out.

New World Order (NWO).

Alex Jones 'debates' CNN's Piers Morgan on gun control. Things get a little heated.

Video from CNN January 7, 2013

Bill proposed to support Bible elective in public schools

Teaching bible in public schools

Arkansas Television Company Bill proposed to support Bible elective in public schools

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Appreciating the Essence of Food on Tu B'Shevat

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of the National Jewish Outreach Program, wishes you a Happy New Year for the Trees. On Tu B'Shevat (15 Shevat), this year celebrated on January 26th, we celebrate the Trees. Tu B'Shevat marks the beginning of the spring.

The holiday is identified by the special grains, wheat and barley, and fruits, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates, which the land of Israel is known for. Rabbi Buchwald points out how intriguing it is to him that Judaism celebrates food. Not just that Jews enjoy eating, but the fact that Judaism gives special honor to these seven species. So much so, that they require special blessings at the end of a meal. This blessing is known as a bracha acharona, an abridged grace after meals. If you eat one of these seven items, you recite a special grace. There is even an order of importance to these seven items. For example, if we are eating more than one, we must know which item to eat first so that we make the proper blessing. Blessings in general are among the most complicated laws of Judaism. In fact, in Europe, when a town was looking for a new rabbi, they would test him by setting out exotic foods in front of the candidate and see if he would make the proper and correct number of blessings.

Food is important to us, not just for sustenance. It needs to be taken seriously. Tu B'Shevat helps us remember the essence of foods. For example, strawberries may be seen as a healthy snack, but then we see how fertilizers are used today to produce a crop. We may think they are healthy but what impact did they have on the environment? A pound of beef may require hundreds of pounds of grain to feed the cow. And what about the water and fertilizer to produce that grain? So we really should take our food seriously. This is what Tu B'Shevat reminds us. We are reminded that food is a gift from God. Learn about the essence of the foods and remember to bless God for every morsel that we eat.

Weekly Space Hangout Jan 25, 2013

This week we talk about Mars Curiosity working at night, a historic gamma-ray burst, the Manatee Nebula, a new astronomy thesaurus, a new image of Betelgeuse, and dung beetles using the brightness of the Milky Way to navigate.

We are joined by Emily Lakdawalla, Amy Shira Teitel, Nicole Gugliucci, and Scot Lewis.
Hosted by Fraser Cain.

What is Foundation Beyond Belief?

The Secular Human interviews Dale McGowan about Foundation Beyond Belief, a Humanist non-profit organization.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Burzynski Clinic

Dr Stanislaw Burzynski and cancer.

Feel free to pass this on to anyone considering their options in alternative cancer treatments at the Burzynski Clinic. It's also CCMA, so feel free to mirror or repost.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I caught an error in post-production: The Burzynski Clinic has only started 61 clinical trials, not 62. The last came up in my query because one of the authors has the same name. Otherwise the figures are correct.

Fact 1: The Burzynski Clinic has attempted 61 clinical trials, but only completed 1.

Check it out here:

Fact 2: The Burzynski Clinic charges its patients to participate in a study of their patented medication that exposes them to risk.

Harnessing the generosity of kind-hearted strangers to pay for woo

Fact 3: The Burzynski Clinic makes heavy use of marketing techniques not normally associated with clinical practices and not in the best spirit of research medicine.

For example, you can see here that they are abusing libel laws to silence critics.

The Burzynski Clinic is using libel laws to silence critics of its cancer treatment

And threatening and bullying of a 17 year old blogger by a media consultant: Dr Stanislaw Burzynski: Morally reprehensiblet.

You may also watch The Burzynski Clinic and Cancer Quacks.

CIA Nominee John Brennan Is "Indebted To Islam"

Mat Staver raises concerns about John Brennan (whom he mistakenly calls "Paul,") the nominee to be director of the CIA, on the grounds that he is too sympathetic to Islam.

Liberty Counsel, 2013

Should Science Teachers Be Paid More Than Humanities Teachers?

Lawrence Krauss argues for differential pay scales for teachers with advanced training in science and math to accommodate the free market.

I've thought a lot about public education and science because it's important to me that kids get exposure to some of the greatest ideas that humans have ever developed and just to enjoy them. I don't think there's one magic bullet to solving our problems of education, but there are a number of issues that I think are useful to consider.

One is we rely too much on teaching answers, on facts. What's interesting are the questions. The questions are what are natural. Every kid grows up asking where did I come from, where am I my going, you know, am I alone in the universe? These fascinating questions... but they don't realize that they are the questions that scientists ask. And so I would like to base a curriculum more on questions than answers because the process of asking the questions and figuring out how to address them is what science is all about.

The answers are not important because most kids won't necessarily become scientists, but the tools of science, of trying to explore the universe and distinguish sense from nonsense and take a complicated situation and simplify it enough to address it. And the fact that science addresses the most remarkable questions that are in each of us, are the things that we want to instill in children. So it would be great to develop a curriculum where we base it on the very questions that kids are interested in.

I often tell teachers, and it's true for car salesman or Web producers or everything else, that the biggest mistake any teacher makes is to assume their students are interested in what they're saying. Because if you are a teacher or a writer or anyone else, what you have to do is you have to go out to where they are and convince them that what you're talking about is relevant to what they're interested in. You have to seduce them, as I often say. And seducing them means recognizing that science is actually relevant to the things that they care about. It's not things rolling down in some inclined plane or boring stuff. It's, are we alone in the universe? Can we travel through time? All of those, you know, questions that people are fascinated by.

Now, the problem with this, of course, is that if teachers are going to teach it, they have to be comfortable enough with the material to be able to go off in different directions. And one of the big problems is our teachers aren't trained in science. I think, some number like close to 90 percent of middle school science teachers don't have a training in science, beyond the high school level.

Now if you're not comfortable with the material what you'll inevitably do is teach to the curriculum. You'll feel comfortable with the answers that are in the book and you'll teach to that. So we need to - the real problem, of course, is we need to do a better job of training teachers so that they can feel comfortable to go off in different directions. If they'll express a level of discomfort, that comes down to the students.

I remember when my daughter was just in grade two, I went in to her class and I saw that her teacher -- you know, there they were - what they were learning was that light during the day and dark at night. Trivial little bits of information about the universe. But the teacher was clearly uncomfortable with it. And I was sure that level of discomfort was coming through to the students.

So we have to do a much better job of training teachers. That means we have to build a better curriculum, which, of course, requires more emphasis at the university level. And the realization that when we're teaching students were not trying to make clones of ourselves. When we teach physics, we tend to think that the students - that the results really matter, that everyone needs to know how things will fall down inclined planes. I don't give a damn about that. I want students to realize the process of how to do it because most of them aren't going to become physicists, and it doesn't matter.

It's that process that will be useful to them later in life. Now, if we are going to spend more time and effort training teachers then in some sense we have to provide them a motivation to become teachers. And one of the things that I would argue, which I know is controversial, is that in some sense we have to consider the competitive environment the teachers find themselves in.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Fuck Me In The Ass Because I Love Jesus

Kate Micucci

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bernice Sandler "The Chilly Climate"

Bernice Sandler: "The Chilly Climate: How Women Are Often Treated Differently in Subtle Unnoticed Ways by Men and Women Alike"

Filmed at the Center for Inquiry's 2012 Women in Secularism Conference.

Copyright 2013 Center for Inquiry

Video produced by Adam Isaak with assistance from Bill Goodwin.

Bernice Sandler: "The Chilly Climate" | CFI's Women in Secularism Conference 2012

Seize The Day

The 1956 Saul Bellow novel, "Seize The Day," brought this catchy line into the public consciousness, and its message can be seen today in all manner of literature, film and pop culture.

But what does it mean? How should the non-believer (or any human being) approach each day? Is "Seize The Day" merely a romantic yet impractical charge more suited to fiction, or is it something that can be embraced as a philosophy for living?

In this (reflective and undoubtedly sentimental) show about birth, death and the moments in-between, we share your stories and philosophies for seizing the days.

Your calls and emails

Edited for time and content.

Obama Demonstrates 'An Appalling Level Of Ignorance" About Homosexuality

The Christian Bryan Fischer does not approve of President Obama's inclusion of "our gay brothers and sisters" in his inaugural address.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, January 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If Abortion Were Illegal, AIDS Would Probably Be Cured By Now

Matt Barber says that if abortion were illegal, AIDS would probably be cured by now ... but the person who would have discovered the cure was aborted.

Video by Liberty Counsel, January 2013

Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood Is Like "Enriching Hitler"

Crazy Christians Mat Staver and Matt Barber say that using federal funds to support family planning efforts at Planned Parenthood is like supporting Hitler or Pol Pot.

But Hitler killed alot fewer people!

Video from Liberty Counsel, January 2013

Phases of Matter

As we quickly learn with water, matter can be in distinct phases: solid, liquid, gas and plasma; it all depends on temperature. But why do different materials require different temperatures? And what's actually happening to the atoms themselves as the material switches phases?

Astronomy Cast Ep 288 Phases of Matter

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

QI 10 Commandments joke

Ten Commandments joke on QI by Stephen Fry

A Conversation with David Silverma

In the wake of 2012's wildly successful Reason Rally, and in advance of the 50-year anniversary of American Atheists, we spend 30 minutes with AA President David Silverman.

Show date: 21th January 2013

The Thinking Atheist, Podcast 91 - A Conversation with David Silverman

The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology

New book about Scientology by John Sweeney. The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology

The True Meaning of the Separation of Church and State"

Edward (Eddie) Tabash is an American lawyer and political and social activist. An atheist and a proponent of the Establishment Clause, Tabash has debated several Christian apologists, including Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig, Matt Slick and Greg Bahnsen.

Tabash is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism and has written amicus briefs for both the U.S. Supreme Court and the California State Supreme Court.

Tabash graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1973 and obtained a law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976. His father was an orthodox rabbi from Lithuania and his mother was an Auschwitz survivor from Hungary.

Tabash works in Beverly Hills, California.

FreeOK2 - Eddie Tabash "The True Meaning of the Separation of Church and State"

Monday, January 21, 2013

L. Ron Hubbard: How to "Clear" the planet in a year

L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology inventor) speaks at one of his formal lectures, declaring Scientology to be "hot", and giving good news on when to expect everyone on earth to be a Scientologist. Getting everyone on earth to take all of the Scientology courses (~$500,000 USD) is their mission; it is called Clearing the planet.


The Uprising of the Young Atheists

FreeOK2 - Hemant Mehta "The Uprising of the Young Atheists"

Hemant Mehta is an atheist best known as the author of I Sold My Soul on eBay. He is the current chair of the Secular Student Alliance.

Mehta currently teaches mathematics at Neuqua Valley High School in Illinois and writes the blog

Jessica Ahlquist "Evil Little Thing" on CNN

Prayer banner ruled unconstitutional.

Interview with Jessica Ahlquist on CNN.

The Fundraiser for Jessica's scholarship was closed on 29 February 2012.

So, these Sandy Hook conspiracy kooks...

looking at what these dumbass shitbag quacks are peddling around the internet. I'm actually starting to believe that these conspiracy theorists are actually bestiality scat bukkake porn actors attempting to divert attention away from what else they're doing in their mom's basements.

Inside Fukushima's empty villages

In November 2012, Geoff Brumfiel traveled to Fukushima Prefecture to learn more about how the nuclear accident has affected mental health. These photographs document his trip into the empty villages around the plant.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekly Space Hangout Jan 18, 2013

This week we talk about: Plans for an inflatable space station, the return of the Orion Mission, craters on Titan, a supercomputer bolted to a telescope, one high school teacher's work in astronomy, an ancient riverbed on Mars, and an update on recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

We are joined by Alan Boyle, Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci, Amy Shira Teitel, and Scot Lewis.

Produced by Nicole Gugliucci.
Hosted by Fraser Cain.

Gravity, QI

QI XL Series G Episode 12 - Gravity

With Barry Humphries, Bill Bailey and Rich Hall.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Viruses

Abbie Smith has a BS in Biology from Truman State and is currently finishing her Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology at Oklahoma University.

A frequent speaker at science and freethought events, Abbie's research focuses on the evolution of viruses like HIV-1, and how we can use that information to create better vaccines. Though her research focuses on retroviruses, Abbie Smith has a love of all things viral and writes about them frequently on her blog, ERV (


Who is the One True God?

Six members of the Reason and Science Society (RSS) debate the defining question of our time - which is the One True God? Her Hornyness (it's a pun) the Invisible Pink Unicorn, or His, er, Noodlyness the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Who are truly blessed, and who are the heathenous infidels who are going to Hell?

Who is the One True God? The Invisible Pink Unicorn vs. Flying Spaghetti Monster debate (1 of 2)

2 of 2

Introducing the debaters:

Richard (reverent atheist and closet pirate)
Matthew (crazy animal rights activist and active in the field of research on the link between David Tenant and the Flying Spaghetti Monster as practiced and valued in sub-Saharan hunter-gatherer societies)
Scott (long time student and lover of linguine, fettuccine, penne and gnocchi)
George (evolutionist and pink ice sculptor)
Hannah (has pink hair and is allegedly a sexy bitch)
Ben (Christian and pink unicorn trainer)

With Megan as moderator who says hurtful things.

These master debaters tackle the difficult theological questions, such as the details of the afterlife and the famous Problem of Mel Gibson, a God awful shitty piss-poor actor whose very existence threatens to undermine the benevolence of God. This is not just a debate - this is answering, once and for all, Who we should all devote our lives to.

So Help Me Zeus! -- O'Reilly vs FFRF

Guest: FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel from The "Freedom From Religion Foundation"

The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly, Fox news, 1-18-2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It Was Evangelical Christians Like You And Me Who Ended Slavery

Bryan Fischer says Christians did not support slavery and in fact it was conservative evangelical Christians like him who ended it.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, January 2013

What Would Jesus NOT Do?

We always hear about the many amazing things that Jesus of Nazareth apparently did, but nobody ever asks about the things that Jesus supposedly COULD have done, being omnipotent, but either didn't bother to do or didn't think were all that important. You know, things like... reducing human misery and suffering... that kind of thing.

The God Delusion (movie)

The Root of All Evil?, later retitled The God Delusion, is a television documentary written and presented by Richard Dawkins in which he argues that humanity would be better off without religion or belief in God.

The documentary was first broadcast in January 2006, in the form of two 45-minute episodes (excluding advertisement breaks), on Channel 4 in the UK.

Dawkins has said that the title The Root of All Evil? was not his preferred choice, but that Channel 4 had insisted on it to create controversy. The sole concession from the producers on the title was the addition of the question mark. Dawkins has stated that the notion of anything being the root of all evil is ridiculous. Dawkins' book The God Delusion, released in September 2006, goes on to examine the topics raised in the documentary in greater detail. The documentary was rebroadcast on the More4 channel on the 25th August 2010 under the title of The God Delusion.

Science Education: Science vs. Religion

Filmed and edited by Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions. Re-uploading any portion of this video is not allowed unless consent is given by Hambone Productions. If you would like to use some of my footage, please send me a PM and we can most likely work something out.

PZ Myers "Science Education: Science vs. Religion" Skepticon Redux

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Apparition of The Invisible Pink Unicorn in Rome

A collective mystic vision, on 23rd of April 2011, at the midnight of the Easter day, the magnificent figure of a great pink unicorn appears in St. Peter's Square of Rome, suspended in air over the Vatican Obelisk, surrounded by devoted believers, pilgrims and tourists of any sort.

L'Invisibile Unicorno Rosa appare alla mezzanotte di Pasqua del 23 Aprile 2011 a Piazza San Pietro a Roma. Una visione mistica collettiva in realtà aumentata a cui hanno partecipato centinaia di devoti, fedeli e pellegrini.

a project by
Les Liens Invisbles
in collaboration with
KOOK Artgency

Federico Greco

Penn Jillette's Bullshit Detector

According to atheist magician Penn Jillette, the most important thing is to feel about things you should feel about -- and think about things you should think about. You should not feel about the speed of light or evolution and you should not think about love. You should feel "I love you," you should think about reality.


You know, my bullshit detector works first of all...if there's something you really want to believe, that's what you should question the most. I don't question bad news very much. I don't question things that go against what I believe very much. But boy, the stuff that I really want to believe, I really question a lot.

Now, I was taught -- I grew up as a Christian. I suppose at some level I wanted to believe someone was watching over me. But when I want to believe something, that's when I want to question it the most. That's when I have to be the most careful. And I feel a little bit disingenuous with that answer because I don't think I any longer want to believe in God. My friend, who I miss very much, Hitch, Christopher Hitchens, said that wanting there to be a god was like wanting to live in North Korea, to give away all of your freedom. And for someone who loves freedom and loves people, I don't think you should hope for God at all.

So I guess my detector on God is that whenever someone uses what they feel as evidence instead of what they think as evidence or what they can prove as evidence, I'm very, very skeptical. The most important thing is to feel about things you feel about -- should feel about -- and think about things you should think about. You should not feel about the speed of light or evolution and you should not think about love. You should feel "I love you," you should think about reality. And when someone says they feel the universe was created by a God, that's nonsense, just like saying, you know, "I've thought about it and maybe I should love you." Don't mix those two.

And a lot of people seem to think that -- that feeling cheapens the science, that if you feel something it cheapens it. And there's not enough said about how it cheapens the emotion. You know, if you're spending your time feeling that the earth was created, instead of... by intelligent design, you should be spending your time feeling love, feeling compassion, feeling generosity and loyalty and all the stuff you should feel in your heart. Even anger, even disappointment. But that doesn't change the world. You should think about the world and feel about your heart.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

TROLLS: America's Far-Right

Guncontrol and more with Steve Kornacki

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, January 16, 2013.

BHA defeats Govt in Free Schools FOI case

Today programme (BBC Radio 4) interview including Andrew Copson, on the Freedom of Information case with the British Humanist Association against the Department of Education over the publishing of lists of proposed Free Schools (16th Jan 2013)

Atheism and Sexuality

Do atheists have better sex?

In this episode, we talk about the models of sexuality outside of religion, and we explore some obstacles to healthy sexual expression in religious (and not so religious) cultures.

Guests for this show include:

Dr. Darrel Ray is President of Recovering From Religion and author of the book, "Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality"

Zinnia Jones is an atheist activist, writer, and video blogger focusing on the impact of religious belief, political follies, and LGBTQ rights.

Greta Christina is a prominent atheist blogger, speaker and author whose recent book is titled, "Why Are You Atheists So Angry: 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless"

Greta's Blog: A Skeptic's View of Sexual Transcendence

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Don't Trust Conspiracy Theorists!

While discussing Sandy Hook Truthers and other conspiracy theorists, Glenn Beck explains, utterly without irony, how they work and why they are so dangerous.

Watch Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Magic Sandwich Show: DPRJones has plastic surgery

Following a very successful plastic surgery operation to completely reconstruct his face DPRJones hosts the show for the first time as a "normal"(ish) member of society.

The Magic Sandwich Show: January 13th, DPRJones has plastic surgery

'Christian Persecution' Euro Court of Human Rights Ruling. Andrew Copson Interviewed

'Christian Persecution' Cases - European Court of Human Rights Ruling. Andrew Copson Interviewed (BBC News 15th Jan 2013)

Shirley Chaplin
Gary McFarlane
Andrew Copson
Andrea Williams

BBC News 15th January 2013

Banning Guns Will Just Cause Bad People to Build Fertilizer Bombs

Mat Staver says that is guns are banned, those intent on doing harm will just use knives ... or build fertilizer bombs.

Liberty Counsel, 2013

God Does Not Want You To Retire

Rabbi Daniel Lapin explains that the word "retirement" does not appear in the Bible, which means that God does not want ever people to retire from working.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When You Remove God, It Is Always Replaced With Evil

Jerry Boykin blames lack of prayer and violent video games for the Sandy Hook massacre while claiming that pornography leads people to bestiality.

Proof That God Created Man!

This new proof of God will blow your mind. Try explaining this, know it all atheists!

Video by the funny Edward Current.

Scott Lively Lawsuit Is An Attempt to Intimidate and Silence Christians

Matt Barber and Mat Staver say the lawsuit against Scott Lively should be "a wake-up to America" that gay activists seek to intimidate and silence Christians. and Mat Staver say the lawsuit against Scott Lively should be "a wake-up to America" that gay activists seek to intimidate and silence Christians.

The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-Sourced Activism

Skeptic blogs and podcasts are plentiful and excellent, but often end up "preaching to the choir" of the already skeptical. Are there ways to use other online tools to reach out to the general public?

Tim Farley of and Derek Colanduno of Skepticality give you the answer in this workshop from TAM 2012.

Is the Quran compatible with evolution?

Ex London Imam Usama Hasan joins us to discuss the idea that the Quran and evolution are compatible and that Muslims should accept this scientific theory.

Is the Quran compatible with evolution? Featuring Usama Hasan - Jan 12th 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Virtual Star Party Jan 13, 2013

Telescopes by Bill McLaughlin, Dave Dickinson, Gary Gonella, Ray Sanders, and Roy Salisbury.

Commentary by Phil Plait, Scot Lewis, Thad Szabo, Nicole Gugliucci, and Pamela Gay.

Hosted by Fraser Cain.
Special Guest Amanda Bauer.

ECHR Ruling on 'Christian Persecution'

British Humanist Association (BHA) Chief Executive Andrew Copson interviewed by BBC News on the ruling of four 'Christian Persecution' cases by the European Court of Human Rights on 15th January 2013. Three of the Four cases were rejected by the ECHR.

Video from BBC News 15th January 2013

ECHR Ruling on 'Christian Persecution' - Andrew Copson Interview on BBC News

Diabetes "Cure" will help Evangelicals Access Chinese Government

Lance Wallnau says his associates have discovered a secret cure to diabetes and will use it to gain access to the Chinese Communist Party

Diabetes "Cure" will help Evangelicals Access Chinese Government

Monday, January 14, 2013

Jessica Ahlquist: Freethinker Of The Year

Ahlquist v. Cranston (2012) was a case where the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island ruled that a "School Prayer" banner posted in Cranston High School West was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution and ordered its removal. The suit was brought by Jessica Ahlquist with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jessica Ahlquist, 17, Acceptance Speech, FFRF's "Freethinker Of The Year Award"

Freedom From Religion Foundation's 35th Annual National Convention,
October 12-13, 2012,
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower,
921 SW Sixth Ave,
Portland, Oregon.

Clip from FFRF's Freethought Radio program of January 12, 2013.

Richard Carrier, Rapture Day

About Christianity and doomsday

Is it time for all religions to accept evolution?

Nicky Campbell presides over a special debate recorded at the Harris Academy in Peckham, asking just one Big Question: Is it time for all religions to accept evolution as fact?

Amongst those taking part are:

- Matt Ridley, author of Genome
- the geneticist, Professor Steve Jones
- Rev Greg Haslam, senior pastor at Westminster Chapel
- Dr Steve Lloyd from Biblical Creation Ministries
- Inayat Bunglawala, chair of Muslims4UK
- Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs of the Church of England
- Dr Robert J Asher, a paleontoloist from Cambridge University
- the sociologist Professor Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University
- Imam Abdullah Hasan from Neeli Mosque and Islamic Centre
- Professor Steve Fuller, sociologist, Warwick University
- Mohamed Ali Harrath, founder of The Islam Channel
- Pastor Marjorie Esomowie, Triumphant Church International
- Adam Deen, executive director of the Deen Institute.

BBC One - 13 January 2013

Richard Carrier: The Historicity of Jesus

Richard Carrier is the renowned author of Sense and Goodness without God and Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus, as well as numerous articles online and in print.

With a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University, he now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. For more about his work, visit

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #310 - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Redban, Joe Rogan

Don't Dis my Savior

Report on the billboards in Virginia with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason. A cross with the message "Don't Dis my Savior" was placed in front of the billboard.

David (bible name) Kaplan, Electric Road
Seth (bible name) and Destiny Booth

[January 12, 2013]

Order And Disorder With Jim AI.Khalili

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates one of the most important concepts in the world today - information. He discovers how we harnessed the power of symbols, everything from the first alphabet to the electric telegraph through to the modern digital age.

But on this journey Jim Al-Khalili learns that information is not just about human communication, it is woven very profoundly into the fabric of reality.

BBC Horizon Order And Disorder With Jim AI.Khalili episode 1

We Are Victims Of "A New Moral McCarthyism"

Bryan Fischer says that anti-gay Christians have become the victims of "a new moral McCarthyism."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Can you believe in evolution and Christianity?

At the Veritas Forum at Caltech, scientist Francis Collins explains how he reconciles science and faith on the subject of evolution. Collins suggests that God guided the process of evolution in a harmonious way. He proposes calling this view not "theistic evolution" but biologos - "life by God speaking us into being." If this is the case, then perhaps DNA itself is the language of God.

Michael Nugent speaking at abortion law hearings in Irish parliament

Michael Nugent and Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland were witnesses at the Irish parliamentary hearings on abortion law, along with representatives of six Irish religions, on 10 Jan 2013.

Here is Michael Nugent's opening contribution to the session.

God's Diary is Embarrassing

Some engels have found God's diary (the bible).

The Good Book has some bad writing.

The Burzynski Clinic and Cancer Quacks

James Randi opens up about his experience with cancer and how chemotherapy saved his life. Plus, we look into Stanislaw Burzynski, a Houston doctor who has been performing experimental cancer treatments that many medical professionals and science advocates say are unethical.

About Stanislaw Burzynski starts: 10:10

This is a video from The Randi Show. January 2013.

For more information about Stanislaw Burzynski, visit

Jehovah's Witnesses Exposed

A candid look at what the Watchtower Society, also known as Jehovah's Witnesses, is really about.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Did Jesus Exist?

"Did Jesus Exist?" Skepticon 2 Redux Richard Carrier.

Filmed and edited by Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions.

"We're Now The New Rosa Parks" And Victims Of Jim Crow

Bryan Fischer reacts to the withdrawal of Louie Giglio from President Obama's inauguration by declaring that anti-gay activists are the new Rosa Parks.

VIdeo from AFA Channel January 10, 2013

Watch also Lawrence O'Donnell on Louie Giglio.

Obama To Swear On The Bible... Really!?

Louie Giglio has been removed from the inauguration celebration of Barack Obama.

The bible conflicts with decency and a civilized people!

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, 1-10-2013,
President Barack Obama,
Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013,

Obama To Swear On The Bible...Really!?

Unskeptical Atheists (with Michael Shermer)

What happens when professed critical thinkers don't direct that same skeptical eye toward non-religion related issues?

If someone is a rationalist on the issue of the supernatural, does that automatically qualify them on the other hot topics that confront us in this world.

We talk with Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine about a number of issues that invoke strong beliefs and opinions, including global warming, gun control, Area 51, the Zeitgeist films and more.

Radio podcast: 89
Show date: January 8, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Natural Disasters Are God's Spankings

Bryan Fischer explains that natural disasters are God's way of getting our attention and correcting us, like chidlren who need a spaking.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, January 2013

Hypnosis, Hallucinations & Hysteria

QI XL H15 on Hypnosis, Hallucinations & Hysteria

With Ronni Ancona, Phill Jupitus and Robert Webb.

God Miraculously Made A Pair Of Cindy Jacobs' Shoes Last For Years

Cindy Jacobs says God provides for his children supernaturally, like how he multiplied her dinners and made a pair of her shoes last for years.

Women Usually to Blame for Troubled Marriages

Pat Robertson tells a viewer that the woman usually deserves to be blamed when a couple has marriage troubles.

Video from CBN

Fischer Defends Scott Lively, Warns Left Will "Exterminate" Opponents

Bryan Fischer of the AFA says Scott Lively "did the same kind of stuff [in Uganda] that we do every day on 'Focal Point'"

Jesus Wasn't Sacrificed

Ways Jesus' death conflicts with the concept of ancient sacrifice:
1. Jesus consented
2. Jesus wasn't valued by his killers
3. Jesus wasn't intended to be a sacrifice, wasn't offered by his killers
4. Jesus retroactively accounts for sins
5. Jesus came back to life (and knew he would), thereby negating a sacrifice

Royalty-free music used:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Glenn Beck Goes Full-On Galt

The Mormon Glenn Beck announces the fomation of the American Dream Labs, which are about to revolutionize the entire world.

Fischer Prays for Anti-Gay Activist Scott Lively

AFA's Bryan Fischer prays on behalf of Scott Lively and suggests his critics are inspired by Satan.

Video from AFA Channel, January 2013

Argument from "Making Sense"

Tracie identifies a type of argument that we hear that a claim "just makes sense," and therefore must be true.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #795: Argument from "Making Sense"
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Tracie Harris
Show date: 2013-01-06

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. DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via our products page (

Jehovah's Witnesses for the Prosecution

Close up: Jehovah's Witnesses

BBC: (Jehovah's) Witnesses for the Prosecution


QI XL I07 - Incomprehensible with funny astronomy.

With Sue Perkins, Ross Noble and Professor Brian Cox.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Breaking The Taboo

Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.

Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, "Breaking the Taboo" is produced by Sam Branson's indie Sundog Pictures and Brazilian co-production partner Spray Filmes and was directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade.


Film (Spanish / Español)

Contado por el actor premiado, Gael Garcia Bernal, "Rompiendo el tabú" es un producción de Sam Branson's compañía independiente, Sundog Pictures y su socio Braziliano Spray Filmes, dirijido de Cosmo Feilding Mellen y Fernando Grostein Andrade. Con entrevistas con los presidentes actuales o anteriores por todo el mundo, como Bill Clinton y Jimmy Carter, la película sigue El Comissión Global sobre la Política de Drogas con el incentivo de acabar el tabú política sobre la Guerra contra las drogas manejado por los Estados Unidos, y expone lo que se llama 'la fracasa más grande de la política global durante los últimos 40 años'.

Homeopathy: What is homeopathy?

The dilution principle in homeopathy is against the Law of Mass Action which is a fundamental law of nature. At homeopathic dilutions there is no more molecule left to cure. People claiming to be cured were just experiencing placebo effect. What nature does not allow cannot happen...

Homeopathy is not a science

Video from: BBC HORIZON Documentary.

Why I left the Jehovah's Witnesses

As many of you may well know from my past videos here on YT I was a JW and very proud of it too. Many things have since changed in my life and I am no longer a witness.

Jim Bell on Photographing Mars

Emily Lakdawalla speaks with head camera man for Spirit and Opportunity Rovers and member of the Curiosity Science Team, Jim Bell. They are joined by Casey Dreier and Bill Nye for a very informative discussion.

Planetary Society Hangout, January 3rd, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Future of Life in the Universe - Singularity Summit

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics.

Lawrence Krauss has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

Lawrence Krauss was born in New York City and moved shortly thereafter to Toronto, Canada, where he grew up. He received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics at Carleton University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982), then joined the Harvard Society of Fellows (1982-85).

Lawrence Krauss joined the faculty of the departments of Physics and Astronomy at Yale University as assistant professor in 1985, and associate professor in 1988. In 1993 he was named the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Chairman of the department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University.

Lawrence Krauss served in the latter position for 12 years, until 2005. During this period he built up the department, which was ranked among the top 20 Physics Graduate Research Programs in the country in a 2005 national ranking. Among the major new initiatives he spearheaded are included the creation of one of the top particle astrophysics experimental and theoretical programs in the US, and the creation of a groundbreaking Masters Program in Physics Entrepreneurship. In 2002, Lawrence Krauss was named Director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case.

Videoed at the Singularity Summit Australia 2011

Sex, politics and religion hours: From Pastors to Atheists

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Dr. Annalise Fonza, Teresa MacBain and Jeff Satterwhite about their experiences in and outside of the clergy. On SPAR from The Voice of Russia Radio.

From Pastors to Atheists, How Three Clergy Left The Church Behind

Teresa MacBain on Her Transition from Minister to Atheist

Sign spotting

Mark Twain on Early Mormonism

A brief sketch on early Mormonism. From ROUGHING IT, by Mark Twain. Appendix A. Read by John Greenman.

Part 1

Part 2

This is a public domain recording from

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Buddy Davis's Excellent Alaskan Adventure

Buddy and his buddies recount their 'exciting' trip to the Liscombe bone beds in Alaska, from where they brought back 200 lbs of what "appear to be" unfossilized dinosaur bones.

This is an astonishing find, and of such scientific significance that they have decided to keep the bones in a drawer and not let anyone look at them. Despite promising a full analysis of the "dinosaur bones", Davis and his team have not announced the results.

This find compares to my own astonishing discovery of the skeleton of a unicorn and a magical oil lamp, both of which are kept locked away in my shed. If you doubt they are there, trust me, they are.

Davis's excellent adventure can be found at:

Homeopathy cured Gemma Hoefkens from cancer

Gemma Hoefkens claims that homeopathy cured her cancer and now she makes her living via homeopathy.

Stephen Nolan Show, BBC Radio Five Live

Broadcast Date: 21-02-2010

Interview from BBC News 24.

Myles Vs Hoefkens - Homeopathy

Can Homeopathy cure Chlamydia, Migraines, Infertility School phobia, etc? In short NO, in long NOOOOOOOO! Meet Gemma Hoefkens who became a registered homoeopath after she was diagnosed with cancer, tumours in her brain and down her spine. She clames that Homeopthy and Homeopthy alone cured her and not the Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy or the medication she was put on.

1023 - Homeopathy: there's nothing in it

Debate Retrospective - Matt Dillahunty

Debate Retrospective - Matt Dillahunty

Video from Skepticon 5

Christianity is Indian

Goodness Gracious Me - Christianity is Indian

Is Islam a Religion of Peace? with Tariq Ramadan

Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan debated on October 5, 2010.

Topic: 'Is Islam a Religion of Peace?'

Moderated by Laurie Goodstein.

At the 92nd Street Y.

October 5, 2010.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Businesses Threatened by "Flaming Homosexual" Job Applicants

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer claims businesses will be threatened by ENDA's passage

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, January 2013

Science & Skepticism 101

JREF research fellow Kyle Hill teaches the ins and outs of modern scientific skepticism for both novices and veterans looking to brush up on the basics.

Christianity - Images of Injustice, Irrationality & Immorality

Christianity - Images of Injustice, Immorality & Irrationality
Section II: 5:09 Section III: 9:16 Section Hitch: 14:13
References, transcript, & image links:

Victoria Coren - It's Not Psychic

Victoria Coren is in a quizshow ... topic is psychic pig.

I just fell in love with Victoria Coren

Friday, January 4, 2013

The psychology behind a 9/11 truther

In this video a good friend of Myles, Dave talks about the psychology behind a truther and discusses how they think and why they think it.

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 6 of 7 - The psychology behind a 9/11 truther

Pictures from this episode

The final part Flight 93 and final thoughts on 9/11 conspiracy theory.

The BIOSHOCK Song: Instrumental Version

Watch Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories - The Thinking Atheist Radio

Secularism 2012 Conference -- Keith Porteous Wood

Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood opens the National Secular Society's Secularism 2012 conference in London, September 2012.

Gingrich Under Influence Of "Demonic Voice" For Gay Marriage Statement

"Chaplain" Gordon Klingenschmitt says that Newt Gingrich's statement that the GOP needs to adjust to changing attitudes toward gay marriage was the result of listening to a "demonic voice."

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Bible quote: Romans 1:32

We Will Not Relinquish Palestine from the River to the Sea

Hamas Leader Khaled Mash'al: We Will Not Relinquish an Inch of Palestine, from the River to the Sea

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) - December 7, 2012

Patronising the Palestinians

Pat Condell talks about patronising the Palestinians

"As Muslims, our blood vengeance against the Jews will only subside with their annihilation." This is the kind of insanity Israelis are up against, but the free world shoves fingers in ears and pretends not to hear.

Hamas spells it out again. No negotiation ever.

Hezbollah: "It is an open war until the elimination of Israel and until the death of the last Jew on earth."

Arab human rights group accuses Palestinian authority of widespread abuse of its own people.

Palestinians refuse to ban "honour killings". No outrage in the West. No boycott. No ambassadors called in. Nothing.

Hamas: 25 facts for 25 years

An officer and a Muslim Zionist

Why I no longer hate Israel,7340,L-4213529,00.html

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The End of the World - podcast

We survived the Mayan apocalypse. (Whew!) But this most recent prediction of the end of days draws a big circle around the other recent doomsday predictions, as well as the near obsession many have with Armageddon-like prophecies.

In this show, we look at some of the most memorable End-Of-The-World warnings and the people behind them, and we discuss the obsession so many have about their rendezvous with total destruction.

The Thinking Atheist, Podcast 88
January 2, 2013

Godless: The Congregations

Godless takes a compelling look at a growing subculture with no faith or belief in a god and finds many surprising ways in which non-believers are emulating the structures and practices of organized religion: holding services, teaching non-supernatural interpretations of religious texts, proselytizing and even risking their lives for the freedom to express non-belief.

Congregating or spreading the word for a god makes some sense, but why be so active a non-believer, spreading the word of nothing? This two-part documentary explores the many motivations of the godless and asks: IS ATHEISM THE NEXT GREAT RELIGION?

Part 1: The Congregations

Our look at the subculture of the godless starts in a group therapy session for people recovering from religion where attendees range from those traumatized by their religious upbringing to others who discovered they could no longer believe in a supernatural god. From there, its off to synagogue and church, an openly atheistic church whose congregations don't pray to god. Indeed they don't recognize God, certainly not God as an almighty, supernatural creator of the universe or anything that actually lives. But these congregations do hold services and Sunday schools and even summer camps. What doctrines are they following? Are any relying on big-name new atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett as doctrine? And are these faithless indoctrinating their children into Atheism?
Find Out.

Part 2: Spreading the Word

In the second part of Godless, we look at the increasing efforts of "new atheists" and other secularists and non-believers to "proselytize". Featuring more from the new atheists known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett) plus grass roots campaigns including everything from comedy acts and de-baptisms to more serious bus campaigns, we ask: are atheists spreading the word or just preaching to the converted? We also hear from atheists who have faced discrimination and even death threats as a consequence of their non-belief, begging the question why do all this for non-belief? Atheists are described as the least trusted group in the US less so than Muslims, despite all their bad press. Is this inevitable or avoidable when you are putting people's faith on public trial? Viewers will decide that for themselves.

Is God a Mathematician?

Michio Kaku says that God could be a mathematician: "The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God."

Some people ask the question "Of what good is math?" What is the relationship between math and physics? Well, sometimes math leads. Sometimes physics leads. Sometimes they come together because, of course, there's a use for the mathematics. For example, in the 1600s Isaac Newton asked a simple question: if an apple falls then does the moon also fall? That is perhaps one of the greatest questions ever asked by a member of Homo sapiens since the six million years since we parted ways with the apes. If an apple falls, does the moon also fall?

Isaac Newton said yes, the moon falls because of the Inverse Square Law. So does an apple. He had a unified theory of the heavens, but he didn't have the mathematics to solve the falling moon problem. So what did he do? He invented calculus. So calculus is a direct consequence of solving the falling moon problem. In fact, when you learn calculus for the first time, what is the first thing you do? The first thing you do with calculus is you calculate the motion of falling bodies, which is exactly how Newton calculated the falling moon, which opened up celestial mechanics.

So here is a situation where math and physics were almost conjoined like Siamese twins, born together for a very practical question, how do you calculate the motion of celestial bodies? Then here comes Einstein asking a different question and that is, what is the nature and origin of gravity? Einstein said that gravity is nothing but the byproduct of curved space. So why am I sitting in this chair? A normal person would say I'm sitting in this chair because gravity pulls me to the ground, but Einstein said no, no, no, there is no such thing as gravitational pull; the earth has curved the space over my head and around my body, so space is pushing me into my chair. So to summarize Einstein's theory, gravity does not pull; space pushes. But, you see, the pushing of the fabric of space and time requires differential calculus. That is the language of curved surfaces, differential calculus, which you learn in fourth year calculus.

So again, here is a situation where math and physics were very closely combined, but this time math came first. The theory of curved surfaces came first. Einstein took that theory of curved surfaces and then imported it into physics.

Now we have string theory. It turns out that 100 years ago math and physics parted ways. In fact, when Einstein proposed special relativity in 1905, that was also around the time of the birth of topology, the topology of hyper-dimensional objects, spheres in 10, 11, 12, 26, whatever dimension you want, so physics and mathematics parted ways. Math went into hyperspace and mathematicians said to themselves, aha, finally we have found an area of mathematics that has no physical application whatsoever. Mathematicians pride themselves on being useless. They love being useless. It's a badge of courage being useless, and they said the most useless thing of all is a theory of differential topology and higher dimensions.

Well, physics plotted along for many decades. We worked out atomic bombs. We worked out stars. We worked out laser beams, but recently we discovered string theory, and string theory exists in 10 and 11 dimensional hyperspace. Not only that, but these dimensions are super. They're super symmetric. A new kind of numbers that mathematicians never talked about evolved within string theory. That's how we call it "super string theory." Well, the mathematicians were floored. They were shocked because all of a sudden out of physics came new mathematics, super numbers, super topology, super differential geometry.

All of a sudden we had super symmetric theories coming out of physics that then revolutionized mathematics, and so the goal of physics we believe is to find an equation perhaps no more than one inch long which will allow us to unify all the forces of nature and allow us to read the mind of God. And what is the key to that one inch equation? Super symmetry, a symmetry that comes out of physics, not mathematics, and has shocked the world of mathematics. But you see, all this is pure mathematics and so the final resolution could be that God is a mathematician. And when you read the mind of God, we actually have a candidate for the mind of God. The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Fischer: Fiscal Cliff Legislation Is "Demonic"

Bryan Fischer reacts to the Fiscal Cliff legislation, calling it "demonic" while declaring that the Democratic Party is driven by a "Satanic" ideology.

Christianity, new & improved

All that Eve stuff is baloney. But I still have an imaginary friend who magically manipulates the world for me, and he also magically impregnated a women two thousand years ago, and she bore him a son who underwent an ancient ritual of blood sacrifice in order to dispel a curse laid upon me, thus ensuring I will be immortal.

Christianity, new & improved

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Are Christians Delusional?

"Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier Skepticon 3

Filmed and edited by Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions. Re-uploading any portion of this video is not allowed unless consent is given by Hambone Productions. If you would like to use some of my footage, please send me a PM and we can most likely work something out.

Psychology of Belief: Self-serving Bias

Have you ever noticed that religion is more than just a bunch of stuff people believe, but a defining feature of personal identity? What happens when those beliefs are threatened by empirical evidence? Are people going to casually bow to the dictates of reason and fact? Or will they resist the truth when it presents itself?

Fox's John Stossel is an atheist

John Stossel tackels if the two worlds can co-exist

God vs science

Stossel (clips on religion/god), Fox business news, John Stossel, December 2012

Bill Nye (The Science Guy)
Michael Sheermer
Lawrence Krauss
Dinesh D'Souza (sadly)
Ian Hutchinson

The Not-The-Jinn-&-Tonic-Show

Playing games and talking rubbish. An impromptu gathering of talkers, gamers, sceptics and ramblers.

The Jinn And Tonic Show. Not an official show.

Betting on infinity

Video by TheraminTrees

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Magic Christmas Special

This show was broadcast on 30 December 2012.

Part 1 - David Silverman

Part 2 - darkmatter2525 and Seth Andrews

Part 3

On the show were:

David Silverman
DarkMatter 2525
Seth Andrews from The Thinking Atheist
Professor Philip Moriarty

The Magic Sandwich Show, This show was broadcast on 30 December 2012.

Neil to Earth - Reality Check. The frontier of thought - Space as culture

Start at 12:15 to miss the introduction of the speech and get to his main point.

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