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Daylight Atheism

February 2008 Science Updates

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

There's been so much important news pouring in this month that it's hard to keep up with it. But despite the flood of information, there've been a few especially significant discoveries that I think shouldn't be overlooked. There are three that I thought deserve special notice: • On February 13 ...

Daylight Atheism

The Aura of Infallibility

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

Religious beliefs, as a general rule, aren't based on evidence. I have little doubt that my fellow nonbelievers will agree without reservation, and equally little doubt that religious believers will call me arrogant and uninformed for so sweepingly dismissing the basis of their beliefs. But that ...

Daylight Atheism

Conflicting Miracles

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

"Saint Jnanadeva is revered for his Bhagavad Gita translation and commentary in the Maharastrian language. Among several miracles that established this 13th-century saint's reputation, the most famous involved a water buffalo. Challenged by the arrogant brahmins of Paithan that he was not ...

Strange Maps

246 - Southern Sauce Sources

Missing
over 6 years ago

  “Tell me what you eat”, the famous quote by legendary chef Brillat-Savarin goes, “and I’ll tell you who you are.” The dictum also applies very locally, to South Carolina, and very specifically, to barbecue sauce.”We barbecue enthusiasts find it fascinating,” says John Shelton Reed about the ...

Daylight Atheism

Poetry Sunday: Lot's Wife

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

Today's Poetry Sunday features Anna Akhmatova, one of the most famous and critically praised Russian poets of the twentieth century. Anna Ahkmatova was born Anna Andreyevna Gorenko in 1889; she started writing early in life, and took the surname of her grandmother after her father forbade her to ...

Cue the Future

Distribution v. Marketing

Missing
over 6 years ago

I was chatting with a friend yesterday. I realized that, despite being at the cutting edge, he seemed to misunderstand what I was working on. The good old “forest for the trees” problem. I was talking to him about setting him up on the RapOuts platform (RapOuts is a client I work for) to promote a ...

Daylight Atheism

Living the Humanist Life

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

In the past, I've written much about the philosophy of humanism and how it offers a transcendent, spiritual view of life's purpose that is at least as appealing as anything offered by religion (and in fact, is superior - at least in my opinion). Well and good, but I've been thinking lately that ...

Daylight Atheism

Strange and Curious Sects: John Frum

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

Today I'm inaugurating a new series on Daylight Atheism, Strange and Curious Sects. The follies and fallacies of larger, mainstream religions are well known; this series will examine some of the smaller and lesser-known splinter groups, cults, and sects, both past and present, that are part of the ...

Daylight Atheism

The Religion of Humanity

Dabanner
over 6 years ago

He was a worshiper of liberty, a friend of the oppressed. A thousand times I have heard him quote these words: "For Justice all place a temple, and all season, summer." He believed that happiness is the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship, humanity the only religion, and ...