What the Hell Happened with Masterpiece Cakeshop?June 5, 2018
Some decisions by the Supreme Court you just know are good or bad from who wrote them. If a church state opinion is authored by Justice Ginsburg, I know I am going to be OK with it. And, up to now, if an opinion touching on LGBT rights was written by Justice Kennedy, everything was …
Sheldon Helms on Gay Conversion Therapy: “This Shit Doesn’t Work”October 28, 2017
It’s genuinely upsetting when one is reminded of the cruelty visited upon gays and lesbians who are forced or coerced into conversion therapy. Experimental psychology professor Sheldon Helms came to CSICon to educate us about this gruesome phenomenon, and remarkably was able to do so with remarkably good humor, but without dismissing the gravity of …
Interview with Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist: Guest Post by Susan GerbicMarch 24, 2017
Guest Post by Susan Gerbic
Hemant Mehta is best known for his blog on Patheos, Friendly Atheist; he also has a podcast of the same name and has written about selling his soul on eBay. He has two other books, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide and The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media.
Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the JudiciaryJanuary 31, 2017
Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.
A breezy piece on celebrities, woo, and warning signs of bullshitDecember 11, 2016
Do you believe in ghosts? In psychic powers? In communication with the dead? In alien abduction?
If you do, you’re not alone. Belief in the weird and wacky – or “woo” as some sceptics disparagingly call it – is as strong as ever. Science is taking huge strides forward. Yet many of us continue to believe in stuff that, according to science, is at best dubious and often downright absurd.
The Question Christians Must Now Ask ThemselvesNovember 9, 2016
Christian groups will get much that they want from the upcoming regime; their coffers will be protected from taxation, they will receive taxpayer funds to proselytize, their business-owning members will likely be permitted to refuse service to LGBT people. Yet at what cost?
Trump and the who-to-blame gameNovember 9, 2016
So Trump is elected. He was not my preferred candidate. At times like this, I find that I, like all human beings, want SOMEONE TO BLAME (revised 12th Nov ’16)
Islam – No Mockery Allowed: A New CaseNovember 3, 2016
Athlete Louis Smith has been disciplined by British Athletics for mocking Islam.
Evil God Challenge: The MovieOctober 13, 2016
A new animated video asks: If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn’t belief in a good God?
On Varieties of KnowingOctober 12, 2016
How can the humanities aid the sciences in understanding our world and experiences? Does scientific realism suffice, or are other means useful for exploring the universe and understanding human experience? An upcoming seminar seeks to explore this question at CFI-Los Angeles in November.