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Daylight Atheism

Firebrands

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

I've been watching the "Four Horsemen" video, a two-hour conversation among four of today's leading atheists: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. Right at the beginning, Dan Dennett brings up a point that's also been on my mind. Speaking about his pre-publication ...

Cue the Future

"Presence not Presents"

Missing
over 6 years ago

…is something my dad used to say all the time when trying to corral the dispersed Willis children into giving up their “way to busy for family” lives for a few days and making a communal trek somewhere for a very untraditional Christmas. We were usually pretty successful in making this holiday a ...

Daylight Atheism

Popular Delusions IX: Numerology

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

As you can see from this picture, the building where I live has no thirteenth floor: But of course, what this picture depicts is a mathematical impossibility. My building does have a thirteenth floor; it's just that it's mislabeled as the fourteenth floor, with all the floors above it ...

Strange Maps

264 - An Absolut Mexico

Missing
over 6 years ago

Ay caramba! Absolut Vodka has found a surefire way to put its US sales figures in a downward spiral. This map, used in a Mexican ad campaign, shows what the US-Mexican border would look like in an ‘absolut’ (i.e. perfect) world: a large part of the US’s west is annexed to Mexico. Needless to ...

Daylight Atheism

Strange and Curious Sects: Jesus Malverde

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

Malverde's shrine stands near the railroad tracks on the west side of Culiacan, well-known to just about everybody in town. Nearby are Malverde Clutch & Breaks, Malverde Lumber and two Denny's-like cafeterias: Coco's Malverde and Chic's Malverde. Outside the shrine people sell trinkets, candles ...

Daylight Atheism

Webcast: God, Design and Darwin

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

I was asked to pass along the following announcement: On April 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm CT (GMT - April 5, 2008 at 12:00 am), Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University will give a talk entitled God, Darwin, and Design: Lessons from the Dover Monkey Trial. Miller was a lead ...