My wife and I went to go see Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and author of the best-selling book The God Virus, speak yesterday in Memphis. His talk was a very thought-provoking and provocative look at how religion continues to spread despite the fact that logically, most religious belief makes very little logical sense. Ray… Continue
Here's my latest project, which I've just posted on YouTube. It's called "State-Church Separation", and is a political parody of The Who's song "My Generation." I wrote the song last month and just finally was able to finish recording and make a quick YouTube video. It's a very nice coincidence that The Who will be doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl! When I found this out, it gave me even more…
I was originally going to publish this at Associated Content but they don't give up front payments for opinion articles so I published it there under a non-exclusive license and will publish it else where including my blog.
Beliefs in gods is as old as civilization as is religion. But is the belief in god(s) and religion necessary? Does it benefit society or does it harm society? It is my belief that a belief in god(s)… Continue
Actor Alan Alda (image source: Wikipedia) hosts a new series about human origins
Last night, I was looking at the TV listings and saw that there was a show called "The Human Spark" on. It turns out it's a three-part series about human origins and why modern humans have the special,… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on January 7, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Here is the cover of the most recent print edition of The Onion. I scanned and uploaded it to my blog since it doesn't appear to be in the online version. I think it pretty much sums up the situation for all major media outlets in the US (but ironically enough, not The Onion itself since they often publish irreligious… Continue
I just bought and viewed the movie "The God Complex" and it was hilarious! The parody is excellent and there are some great tunes in there. I recommend it to see. Unfortunately, it can not be seen in a theatre, you have to buy it.
I would say it was better than Religulous!
This movie comes from the same people who brought us "The Submissive Jesus". Have you got yours yet? I got mine a month ago!…
Issue: What role did the inquisition play in the Catholic Church?
Response: According to Pope John Paul II, “The Inquisition belongs to a tormented phase in the history of the Church, which . . . Christians [should] examine in a spirit of sincerity and open-mindedness.”
Just felt like wishing all my fellow A|N Members a joyous Samhain and one "hell" of a night tonight. Even though my city/street is rather "dead" on this holiday, I still enjoy the good memories I have of years past where I'd either go Trick Or Treating or scare the living piss outta other people who dare tred upon my doorstep. First they get Tricked into think I'm a lifeless decoration then after I do a low growling Metal voice shout, they get a Treat for not running away.… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on October 31, 2009 at 7:51am —
I saw The Invention of Lying this weekend and strongly encourage all non-believers to go see it. Ricky Gervais has done a great job of framing some key questions. A friend recommended it and it was halfway though before I understood why she thought I should see it.
Off to speak at UC Berkeley, San Francisco Atheists and UC Davis this next weekend through Tuesday. If you know of anyone in those areas, tell them to come see my presentation. Here a link to my calendar:…
I copied this from Victor J. Stenger's new book, The New Atheist, Taking a Stand for Science and Reason.. The book is terrific. I am giving credit for everything but I also found the apparent entire works of Robert Ingersoll, on line, in toto. If anything ever described how I felt when I gave up magic, except for Buddha the Magician, of course, this is it. I love this quotation. Read the whole thing if you start.
When I became convinced that the Universe is natural-that…Continue
Marvelous reckless abandon in Cirque du Freak – The Vampire’s Assistant, falls prey to an invisible, ill timed hand of meaningless restraint. The restraint is not only unnecessary, it puts a lampshade over the brilliance in this movie.
Goodie-two-shoes Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) and his bad influence friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), sneak off to attend Cirque du Freak, a traveling freak show. Amongst the standard freak show staples is a beautiful dancing spider, Octa owned by… Continue
Now all that is left is that pesky Pledge of Allegiance. The original version was published on October 11, 1892 and the current version was published on June 14, 1954.
The words to the current Pledge of Allegiance are:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
Now, I will not say that the entire Pledge is wrong. Just… Continue
September will be a very busy month for me and for Recovering from Religion. It looks like we will add another two groups in the next couple of weeks. I am speaking five times in the LA San Diego area Sept. 17-20, and several times in Oct. in San Francisco, Portand. and maybe Seattle.
Added by Darrel Ray on September 6, 2009 at 11:45pm —
I'll be speaking to the Las Vegas Atheists next Sunday, August 2. If you know anyone in Vegas, let them know. Here it the link to the meetup announcement: http://atheists.meetup.com/30/calendar/10539156/
Added by Darrel Ray on July 25, 2009 at 12:08am —
This is a little out of character for this blog, but this guy from the New American, whatever that is, really needed a logical spanking. You can see several of my posts in the comments there, but I warn you, someone on there… Continue
I am working on book tour events for Sept. 17-20. I am doing two presentation for the Los Angeles CFI on Sept. 20. If you know of a group or people in the San Diego, Riverside, or other cities close to Los Angeles who would like a presentation on The God Virus on Sept. 17, 18 or 19, let me know or have them contact me.