Another victim of Islam -- Child Bride Bleeds to death

April 15, 2010

The BBC reports of a child bride in Yemen bleeding to death. BBC: Yemen Child Bride "Bleeds to Death" "A 13-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal bleeding three days after being married, rights groups say." ... The report comes amid ongoing debate on setting a minimum age for brides in Yemen, where more than […]

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What should we do with those that can predict the future?

April 1, 2010

There is a Muslim man named Ali Hussain Sibat -- he traveled to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Umrah, a lesser pilgrimage than the Hajj. He was arrested in Saudi Arabia because he was the host of a Lebanese call-in TV show where he would take call-ins and predict the future. Predicting the future? […]

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Sam Harris defends his TED Talk

March 30, 2010

In a previous blog entry, I embedded the TED talk given by Sam Harris -- I'll embed the video again for reference: He apparently got both a lot of flak and a lot of praise that he thought came from misunderstandings. Moral Confusion in the name of "Science" | Project Reason. He wrote quite a […]

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Sam Harris Ted Talk

March 23, 2010

I think that this TED talk -- posted yesterday -- is worth watching and thinking and arguing about. I don't want to pre-influence your thoughts, so I'll embed the video (be sure to watch through the end because he gets asked a few questions at the end) and I'll make further comments after the video. […]

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Project Reason Video Contest

March 15, 2010

Project Reason (Formerly The Reason Project) -- a very Fight Club name -- had a video contest which requested submissions. I entered the contest myself, but did not make the final cut (deservedly so -- there are some really good finalists). The goals of Project Reason: "...to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of […]

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Conversational Atheist creates a YouTube video

February 28, 2010

I spent some quality time this weekend putting the finishing touches on my very first YouTube video as Conversational Atheist. Check it out: Supernatural guesses consistently fail -- a conversation As with my first ever web-comic, you can see the unbridled artistry of my sketches -- so lifelike it's almost uncanny. I do plan on […]

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On math, chess and God

February 14, 2010

I wrote a previous entry which was based off a comment I sent to a theologian that I've been chatting with. He responded to me here. Theologian RD says: Mathematics maps onto the world but our intuition of which mathematics maps on is not infallible. The problem is with Conversational Atheist's apparent view that mathematics […]

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Atheism and our inhuman nature

February 10, 2010

I wrote up a response to a rather lame article that I read on BeliefNet: Atheism and our inhuman nature, and I wanted to post the ideas here. The article criticizes the "New Atheists" because they present a Utopian view of humanity and its future. My response: I have read all of the popular "New […]

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Gaining knowledge about external reality

February 2, 2010

A somewhat more philosophical post than I usually do... I wrote this up during an exchange w/ a theologian differentiating two ways we can gain knowledge. To a theologian: Let's start with mathematical truths -- I think that they are true and in a very real sense constitute knowledge. Knowledge about something that is abstract, […]

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Into the Lion's Den

January 18, 2010

Tonight, I went to a three-hour meeting of Christian graduate students and professors who were discussing the "Sam Harris vs. Philip Ball" blog-debate that occurred over Ball's editorial in Nature. A full recap of the Harris-Ball interaction is available on The Reason Project's site: http://www.reasonproject.org/archive/item/what_should_science_dosam_harris_v_philip_ball/ I was the only atheist in attendance, and it was […]

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