A Betrayal of Confidence: A Review of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

In a scathing review, Kathleen Schultheis over on Skeptic.com, demolishes Larry Taunton’s book “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens”, calling it a betrayal of confidence and much worse. An excellent article!

Kathleen J. Schultheis reviews Larry Taunton’s book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

A great article from brainpickings.org, on ways to detect bullshit and fortify your ability to think critically. An inoculation against baloney. A must-read in my opinion. Taken from Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-haunted World“.

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

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Top 10 reasons God does not exist

As an atheist, I obviously do not believe in God. I can’t be sure that there is no such entity as a divine being of some sort but I think it is beyond any reasonable doubt that the God of the Bible (or Torah and Koran for that matter) doesn’t exist. Here are my Top 10 reasons God does not exist.

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Is atheism a religion?

Is atheism a religion? At first glance, this seems like a strange thing to ask.  Yet when you debate believers, mainly Christian apologists, you’ll find that many actually claim that atheism is no different from any other religion. They also claim that atheism requires faith, as much or even more so than their own religion does. For instance, David C. Pack does this in a video I have blogged about earlier.  So is atheism a religion? Let’s find out.

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8 questions for atheists

Those of you who read this blog, are aware that I sometimes like to answer posts called “questions for atheists” or words to that effect. Just explore this tag to see a collection of those posts. Usually, these kinds of posts are supposed to ask some hard-hitting questions that leave atheists stumped and/or make them think that there may be something to faith after all. In reality though, these questions are almost always inane in nature, make most atheists roll their eyes and are often based on wrong (deliberate or not) interpretation of what atheism is.

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15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

The linked article by John Rennie in Scientific American was originally published in 2002 but it hasn’t lost any of its actuality nor has it been refuted by creationists. Creationist arguments also haven’t changed significantly since then, demonstrating how they are simply unable to formulate an opposing theory to evolution.  I’ve also written some answers to creationists nonsense earlier on this blog and have also explored if creationism is plausible.

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Near-perfect wings from dinosaur times discovered in amber | The Verge

A pair of wings found encased in amber suggest that the plumage of modern birds has remained almost unchanged from some of their dinosaur-era ancestors, according to scientists. In a new study published in the Nature Communications journal this week, researchers say that the wings have very similar structures, coloring, and feather layouts as the wings of modern birds, despite the fact they likely belonged to 100-million-year-old avialans called enantiornithes.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/29/12057434/avian-dinosaur-wings-discovered-in-amber

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