All Blog Posts Tagged 'skepticism' (36)

Another try at the skeptics' meetup

Some time back, I was an enthusiastic member of the local skeptics' meetup.  It was a chaotic, free form get together where people talked about, just about anything.  People got to know each other, discussed their experiences, and I felt a sense of community.

About a year ago, the meetup changed.  There was movement toward a more…

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Added by Sentient Biped on February 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 21 Comments

Remembering Bill Perlman

February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80). 

He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life.  He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting.  Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”

What indeed.  Things may happen for some reason or…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Mondo Diablo Episode 356 * Beware the Yeti

Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe hunts the elusive Yeti, and I go off on a feminist rant. So shrill. So goddamned shrill.

Playlist

Yeti 1

Alleee1

Dionne Warwick * Message to Michael

Abdul Hassan Orchestra * Disco Arab

Yeti 2

Bryan Fischer on Bi Pride Day

Mike Hadge * Nostalgia Makes Shitty Things Seem Good

Yeti 3

Jackson * Gay Marriage will Open…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on September 21, 2012 at 6:53pm — No Comments

On Fake Friends and Groupthink

“Never speak ill of yourself; your friends will always say enough on that subject.”

Talleyrand

“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”

Mark Twain



On June 28, my second wife and I would have celebrated our 31st anniversary.  I meant to write about it on the 28th, but hey, three years after the divorce, a guy’s allowed to…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 3, 2012 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

Fellow Fallen Angels for Freethought and Science, Revolt!

"We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book."

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Added by Godless Poutine on May 19, 2012 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

Freethinkers and Skeptics In Ancient Literature Part II: Lucian the Skeptic

Unlike the character I covered in the last instalment of this series,Homer's Thersites, Lucian was a real person who starred in his own satirical works, written in Greek for an…

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Added by Godless Poutine on May 5, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Freethinkers and Skeptics In Ancient Literature Part I: Thersites the Contrarian

As an outlet for the repressed literature student in me, I'm starting up this new series that focuses on characters in ancient Western literature who show some sign of skepticism or freethinking. By extension I'll also show the quacks, charlatans or authorities they dare to annoy with their tiresome voices of…

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Added by Godless Poutine on April 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

My Lost Childhood I: Freethought and Skepticism Don't Live Here

(Excerpt from a blog post about my childhood)



M*A*S*H: The Communist Leftist Threat to American Democracy

One evening, I cannot remember how, I was sitting upstairs and the conversation went to television.  Then somehow I ended up…

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Added by Godless Poutine on April 21, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

my favorite atheist, skeptic, and science quotes (please share yours!)

I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson



Recognize that the…

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Added by Donegal on April 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Freethought Social + Meetup!

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Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…

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Added by Emily Dietle on February 6, 2012 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Atheism - Skepticism

Atheism - Skepticism



I consider myself as both, a skeptic and an atheist, using both words separately even though I implicitly consider both as related.    Hearing lately some people declaring themselves as skeptics but not as atheists, I wondered, why this could be.  



On the level of cognition, atheism and skepticism are distinguishable.    On the level of skepticism as a behavioral paradigm, a skeptical approach to the…

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 11, 2011 at 2:10am — 2 Comments

The glory of sin!

      Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.

        As His own  son,  [amongst His others who had children by…

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Added by mlg.lamberth on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Why suffer the oxymoronic obfuscation of theism?

    Why  should one beieve or disbelieve in the supernatural?

     What counts as evidence for it? We naturalists-rationalists find none. Why, none can present it self, because that would go agianst our conservation of knowedge. Nature presents no divine intent as Lamberth's teleonomic argument notes and thus cannot affirm His very existence but can affirm that no divine intent presents itself…

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Added by mlg.lamberth on August 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

A fellow "heathen" forwarded this article to me from a Christian web site. It seems there are concerns among the religious that the internet is allowing non-theist people to connect, spreading critical thinking and skepticism that could be eroding away at the growth of Christianity among the younger members of our society (as if that was a bad thing ;-)). …



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Added by Mike Haynes on August 24, 2011 at 11:40am — 5 Comments

Skeptical Research

--It is worth noting that this is the second draft of a research paper I am writing, and not all of the information has been properly cited yet.…

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Added by Jacob Martin Arbogast on November 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Among The Abducted: Report from ET abduction support sessions

his is the first report of my

experiences with individuals who feel that they have had personal

contact with extraterrestrials. More are forthcoming. Where

appropriate, names have been changed…


out-sized forehead, black almond-shaped eyes

out-sized forehead, black almond-shaped eyes

Laughlin, Nevada is the kind of place where vegetarianism is…

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Added by Douglas Mesner on October 20, 2010 at 9:04am — No Comments

Dr. Colin A. Ross: Psychiatry, the Supernatural, and Malpractice Most Foul

I wrote up this report regarding some very chilling accusations of malpractice against one Dr. Colin A. Ross. If you've heard of him at all, you probably know him as a recipient of the James Randi Educational Foundation Pigasus Award for his claim - unproven still - that he is capable of emitting detectable beams of energy from his eyes. Not only does the story of Colin Ross make a good argument for the case against supernaturalism, but you'll note in the interview that his aggrieved former… Continue

Added by Douglas Mesner on February 17, 2010 at 12:03pm — 14 Comments

Skeptics.

I run a Skeptics in the Pub here in Huntsville- next one in February, be on the look out. I'm interested in how many people self identify as "Skeptics". And what they think are interesting subjects. Yes, I'm shamelessly asking for relevant topics for my events to focus on; but I'm also just curious what other people think about.



Equally interesting, to me, is what non-skeptics think about things like UFOs, Bigfoot, Medical Quackery (homeopathy, chriopractic, acupuncture, etc),… Continue

Added by Tom on February 1, 2010 at 6:36am — 3 Comments

On climate change - a detractor.

I like to think that systems can be built to conserve the energy we're using. I'm not too certain about the debate about global warming/climate change. Below is an excerpt from icecap.us, an organization that has a more nuanced perspective. I notice that geologists are the most sceptical in the scientific community about climate change, which makes sense. They are working with a long view--4.5 billion years--of the Earth's history, as opposed to the meteorological view--60 years at… Continue

Added by Ken Westervelt on December 27, 2009 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 216: Betty and Barney and Carl





This is the story of Betty, Barney, a Dachshund, and their abduction and rape by SPACE MONSTERS FROM OUTER-SPACE. Most of it is told by Master of Mystery and Horror, Carl Sagan. So you know it'll be scary!



Playlist





Betty and Barney and Carl 1

Alleee 1

Andre Kostelanetz * Black Hole

Annette * That Crazy Place from Outer Space

Betty and Barney and Carl… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on October 1, 2009 at 6:08am — No Comments

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