Greg F.'s Blog (18)

atheism behind the iron curtain: religion in the former USSR and its effect on the Cold War

Lately, there seem to be more and more blogs posting about how the author is leaving religion or how someone is embracing atheism and after reading one such post earlier today, I realized that I could never make an announcement like that. Why? Because I was born in a country where religion was just not very important and I never had a religion to renounce or have to come to terms with my lack of belief. I just never really believed and the society around me said it was perfectly logical for me… Continue

Added by Greg F. on May 30, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

science says: abstinence-only education is a public health hazard

On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue

Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

a quick review of Ray Comfort's new book

Normally, I wouldn't touch anything that Ray Comfort writes with a 20 foot pole for two reasons. The first is that it's Pharyngula territory and I don't need PZ Myers siccing his army of cephalopods at me. Especially the giant ones where there's something really sharp and pointy on every sucker. The second is that I try to run a blog that goes in more depth than usual. I'd rather tackle some hack with a degree and at least some modicum of respect out there because he's a more difficult… Continue

Added by Greg F. on March 9, 2009 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

Bobby Jindal, creationist, spirit warrior and next presidential candidate? Really?

Unless GOP star and amateur spiritual warrior, Bobby Jindal, can exorcise the recession, it's doubtful he's going to lead the Republican party anywhere good. (read on...)

Added by Greg F. on February 26, 2009 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

anyone want to help me sue Adnan Oktar?

Here's a random idea. I've written before about Turkish evolution denialist Adnan Oktar who believes that evolution is actually a Freemason/Zionist conspiracy to "reduce his countrymen to an animalistic state." As you might see in the article, he's offering a $4.5 trillion for proof of a transitional fossil but there are three basic problems with his contest:



1. It's a jury of him… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 21, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

fundamentalists come up with a new defintion of atheism

Did you know that Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Kim Jong Il aren’t just responsible for millions of deaths and some of the most wretched atrocities against fellow humans in the past century, they’re also the ultimate proof that atheism is evil? No? Really? Yeah, neither did I considering that Hitler was a Catholic who constantly mentioned God and his divine mission in Mein Kampf, Stalin was a seminarian and Asia’s communist dictators were and are very far from both atheistic or communistic.… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 19, 2009 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

New Scientist resurrecting the God Gene?

According to a recent cover story of New Scientist, the way the human brain is wired makes us religious or very prone to imagine higher powers. And when we look at history, the birth of animistic faiths like Voodoo, Shinto and early European ancestor and spirit worship, there seems to be something to it. When we're trying to make sense of something we don't understand, we like to use magical explanations.



If the writer of the article tried to explore history and the evolution of… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 10, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Forbes magazine, creationists and the good of the stakeholders

Having written for a business magazine, I'm baffled about Forbes publishing a trio of anti-Darwin rants on a seemingly random whim. And I have a few thoughts on the subject, most of them very negative. Forbes might be undermining its reputation and hurting the interests of its stakeholders by allowing ID friendly editors to use their media soapbox as a bully pulpit.



( my write-up on… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 7, 2009 at 8:57pm — No Comments

to all creationists who think...

... that intelligent life needed a creator, I've got one thing to say. MYH16.

Added by Greg F. on February 4, 2009 at 12:01am — No Comments

Ross Douthat swings and misses... twice

Ross Douthat of the Atlantic needs to rethink his line of attack when he goes after the atheist menace on his blog. Why? Because when facing people asking for empiricism and tangible evidence, focusing on probability and unconvincing recounts of things like personal experiences just doesn't work. His first instance of completely missing the point was in his invocation of the Pope in a post about the atheist bus campaign he labeled "anti-theist" in a case study of a poisoning the well… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 2, 2009 at 12:20am — No Comments

mainstream religion, inc.

The current issue of Christianity Today magazine has an important message for any evangelical promoting the religion. God is not a brand name and it’s important not to market the faith. But this warning is a reaction to the fact that in many ways, religion is a marketing venture for many and Jesus and the Bible are brand names which sell everything from books to divine ponzi schemes.



(read… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 28, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

everything in moderation…

There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

intelligent designer wanted, apply within

For just a moment, let’s run with the idea that life as we know it was designed by some higher intelligence which put together the basic chemistry for life in an organized and stable form at some time in the ancient past. Would it still have to comply with the laws of nature? How does one prove it in a scientific way? And how does the existence of countless other worlds make it incalculably tougher to prove that there's only one designer in the universe?



(… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 24, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

waiting for armageddon

Speaking of doomsday, did you know we’re living in the end times? Yeah, I know, we’ve been living in the end times during the fall of Rome, the Dark Ages, Black Death and an invasion into Spain by Muslims as well as both world wars and the Cold War. But all the disasters, wars and epidemics are nothing compared to now. The end is almost here as it’s written in the Book of Revelations. Unlike the Mayan prophecy of 2012, the belief that we are the last generation on Earth isn’t just embraced by… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 23, 2009 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

is evolution a repeatable science?

An occasionally used creationist tactic is declaring that evolution isn’t a scientific theory but a circular argument preached with the zeal of a religion. Evolution, they say, isn’t repeatable under laboratory conditions and if it’s not repeatable, it’s not science. Can we put evolutionary mechanisms to the test and show exactly how we can reproduce them in a lab?

( read on... )

Added by Greg F. on January 22, 2009 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

religion, now with aliens?

In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

Turkish creationist offering trillions to prove that transitional fossils are real is crazier than the media reports...

A Turkish creationist's stunt contest offering 7.5 trillion lira or $4.6 trillion U.S. is still open and will be for a very long time. But can you expect anything else from someone who thinks that evolution is a Zionist/Freemason conspiracy to enslave his countrymen?

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Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

your book vs. my universe, a science writer's statement of purpose

This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...



I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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