Brandon Fibbs describes his journey that led to abandoning faith. Very well done.
Razib Khan’s thoughts on the Islamic states in the Middle East and their fundamental failings in modernity and morality. He also expresses the dangers of partnering with various states and groups.
I am not a fan of allying with an enemy of your enemy. We can be better than that.
Sad news of the death of Victor Stenger.
- Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79
He was a big influence on me, particularly with respect to clarifying that science is a methodology of explaining observations, an explanation of reality through analysis of evidence, and that this encompasses all phenomena whatever their classification, be they so-called “supernatural” phenomena or other. In order words, the concept of “non overlapping magistaria” is a pile of crock.
Stenger’s book “God: The Failed Hypothesis” is one of those books that everyone should. A real classic.
I recently came across Hans Rosling’s Gapminder. This site has some of the best statistics, videos and other resources that provide realistic representations of global population growth, life expectancy, health, wealth, etc. In the last couple of days it has certainly displaced quite a few myths that I was harbouring. Gapminder has also reinforced my optimism for our future. Certainly challenges remain, but we are an adaptable and intelligent species.
This is a good Gapminder video to get you started!
Donald Prothero reviews a biography of Marie Tharp and also adds his own thoughts on this remarkable person. Marie Tharp certainly deserves more recognition and the recent “Cosmos” episode certainly went a long way towards that.
- The woman who saw beneath oceans
Another great video from potholer54 where he explains the need to get facts regarding climate change. Truth matters.
And potholer54’s playlist is simply brilliant:
It would be cool if someone could do this DarkMatter2525 animation but with a Muslim or a Hindu, for example, instead of a Christian. They all fit the pattern.
Are they serious? According to the Brunei Times, the Brunei legal system states that it is “an offence to propagate religions other than Islam to a Muslim or atheist”. And this bit:
Additionally, it is a crime to expose the child to any ceremony, act of worship or religious activity of any religion beside Islam, or to participate in any activity held for the benefit of other religions.
Go read the rest at the Brunei Times!
Far-right Hindu organisation forces Penguin India to recall the book “The Hindus” from India.
- Penguin’s withdrawal of The Hindus causes international outcry
Those laws to “protect” religious feelings are a monstrosity.