If you have no idea what I'm on about, then you should indeed celebrate. Alas, most do know exactly what I'm talking about. Today the moon is in the right phase (yes really, it is that bizarre), and so a good percentage of the population are celebrating today as the day that god gets killed as a sacrifice to himself in order to appease his own wrath towards all of us because one of our ancestors was tricked by a talking snake into eating some fruit - you are buying into this idea right? Oh and least you wonder, yes I'm mocking the very core of the claim, but I'm not excluding myself here in any way because I once truly did believe it. What is far more interesting of course is not … [Read more...]
Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland has reported today that Senator Jim Walsh of Fianna Fail made the following sweepingly inaccurate comment about Atheist Ireland and also about atheists in general when he was speaking on the floor of the Irish Parliament. “We’ve got a lot of representations from liberal groups, and particularly Atheist Ireland, and I want to say that, I said in the past here, I think, that atheists, like people of belief, are people of faith. It takes faith for anybody to believe there is a God, and equally it takes faith to believe there is no God. And in many ways I feel reassured by Atheist Ireland because, if there wasn’t a God, well then there wouldn’t be anything … [Read more...]
Dr. Peter Boghossian takes the stance that the word Fath is simply pretending to know things that you do not really know at all and I truly do agree with that thought - but don't take my word as a basis for accepting this, because here is the man himself describing it ... This stance is a direct challenge to the very foundation that religious beliefs rest upon. Tempting as it might be to go for the symptoms such as homophobia, intolerance or creationism, a far more effective strategy is to directly remove the foundation that all of that has been built upon. Key points here ... Remove faith and the rest will fall away. Faith has nothing to do with morality, it neither makes you a … [Read more...]
Standing outside in the street face-to-face with a chap clutching a bible in his left hand and vigorously thumping it with his right in order to give emphases to it as his source for reliable verified "truth" was a rather unexpected encounter last weekend at #QEDcon QEDcon is of course a wonderful celebration of science, scepticism and rational thinking, and a truly fascinating place. There you will meet a mix of really interesting people, so of course nobody was actually promoting Creationism inside. Ah but lurking outside the door of the hotel on the Saturday were a couple of bible thumpers. So how did it all come about? Having come to the conclusion that the hotel coffee did not … [Read more...]
Question ... Where can I find lots of #QEDcon stuff such as pictures, and links to follow (stalk) others who were there? - Here (That's a link to conferize) And so here (via that link) are the highlights for the entire conference ... Oh and perhaps you might have forgotten it, so here is the Mathematical Pi Song And as a quick patch to keep you going while we await the intro clip, here is the one from 2013 ...
Last night at #QEDcon the best blog of the year award went to Jonny Scaramanga for his fabulous Leaving Fundamentalism website. Here below you can see a picture (taken by Kevin Friery@Therapeutic1) where Nate Phelps presents Jonny Scaramanga with his award at #QEDcon #skeptic #atheism And yes, that is "the" Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps of Westboro baptist. Nate has of course left all that Westboro Baptist Fundamentalism far behind, and so having him there to give out an award for a blog entitled "Leaving Fundamentalism" is indeed ever so appropriate; Jonny was of course thrilled to discover that it was Nate Phelps giving out the award. The blog itself .. is … [Read more...]