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March Discussion: Is the universe a simulation?

[I]n dwelling carefully on this reflection I see so manifestly that there are no certain indications by which we may clearly distinguish wakefulness from sleep that I am lost in astonishment. And my astonishment is such that it is almost … Continue reading

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February Discussion: Of Pandas and Plaintiffs

Kitzmiller v Dover is now famous as the first test case on the constitutionality of teaching “intelligent design” (ID) in public schools, involving a six-week trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dozens of lawyers and witnesses, nine expert witnesses, 342 filed legal … Continue reading

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December Discussion Group: The fact-value distinction

“Water is H2O.” “Murder is wrong.” Are these the same kind of fact? December’s* discussion focused on the fact-value distinction. It goes back centuries; many have tried to solve it. This month we looked at Sam Harris’ attempt in his … Continue reading

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November’s discussion group: Conversion

By Diogenes How does one find God? Or rather, in the case of many BNFree members, lose God? These were the two questions for our November discussion group. The main text was an interesting one, an account of Teresa MacBain. … Continue reading

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Skepticon 9: The Mourning After

This post was written by Diogenes. Skepticon (subtitle: The Ninth) was November 11th-13th. Thus it was pretty obvious that the election would be a subject of discussion and, one thought, of excitement, hope, maybe some cynicism, etc. After November eighth, … Continue reading

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At Last, We Must Walk Together

Many years ago, I read the book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. (I agree with Happy Skeptic’s assessment: Best. Book. Ever!) Just a few years ago, I finally got into Pratchett’s Discworld series, which I am really … Continue reading

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Some Drive-by Blasphemy

So, I’ve finally gone back to finish watching the last two seasons of Stargate SG-1. I’m three episodes in, and at the very least it’s given me a little food for thought. By the way, to those who have anaphylactic … Continue reading

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

http://pewforum.org/Religion-News/Fla-church-plans-to-burn-Quran s-on-9-11-anniversary.aspx A Florida church with “Islam is of the devil” signs in its front lawn plans to host an “International Burn A Quran Day,” on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year…In response to the posting … Continue reading

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The “militant” atheists are guilty of … poor etiquette?

Religionists will be aggravated, sometimes enraged, by having to put effort into defending their hegemony. Continue reading

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The art of Emily’s words

One of my favorites poets ever is Emily Dickenson.  I’m not sure why she was considered so ‘dark’.  She wrote beautifully of a complicated world.   She spent some time writing about the fear instilled in everyone about hell and her … Continue reading

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