Vancouver Lectures

This Saturday there is a lecture by Hemant Mehta (The Friendly Atheist) and Armin Navabi (a writer and the founder of Atheist Republic). Hemant is speaking about fact checking and his book, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide. Hemant’s wonderful blog has a lot of great articles, posted daily. Armin is speaking about the community he formed around the Atheist Republic website. If …

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The Ten Requests!

The Ten Commandments are a bit off, so I decided year or so ago to rewrite them. Lex Bayer and John Figdor beat me to the finish line though, and wrote a book too! In “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart – Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century,” the authors show that atheism is not just reactionary and is a …

Creationism on the rise

Idiocy

Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun writes that creationism, the ridiculous belief (my note) that god created the world literally in 6 days, is on the rise. Hundreds of millions of people follow this belief and reject Darwin’s theory of evolution. He asserts that this is “cause for concern,” something I certainly hold true. When the Bible and the Qur’an …

Biophilic Evidence That We Are All From Africa

There are numerous theories other than Darwin’s when it comes to evidence of evolution. One of these is biophilia and another is the Savanna Principle. I attended a great seminar on biophilia recently (the idea that humans are psychologically attracted to other natural things, such as wood and trees). This was mostly on the idea that offices, homes and other spaces …

Religion’s worst crime?

What do you think is the worst crime of religion, over the millennia? There are numerous ones to choose from, beginning with simply wasting people’s time and misleading them, all the way to protecting and enabling pedophiles and causing numerous genocides. I would certainly include numerous genocides and mass slaughtering, but to be fair, humanity has always managed to come up with new reasons to …

Spiritual Atheists?

Waking up

Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion came out last week. Has anyone read it yet? I posted before about whether or not an atheist can truly be considered spiritual. Part of this depends upon how you define the word, as most would say an atheist can be  “not concerned with material values or pursuits.” But if your definition of …

Prehensile toes = evidence of evolution

evolution proof

Want “proof” of our evolution from apes, with their prehensile feet? Try putting an object against the sole of the foot of a baby, under 12 months let’s say. They will instinctively, reflexively try to grasp the object with their foot, but fail because we no longer have prehensile toes. This isn’t proof of course, but it seems like pretty good real-world …

$5 off 4 mythical creatures t-shirts!

Use coupon code 4myths to get $5 off of as many Elves&Yetis&Cupid&God t-shirts as you like (coupon can be used for as many 4 Mythical Creatures shirts as you want, but only once per customer).  Sale ends June 30, 2014. Here is some alternate artwork we had thought of using, before finally deciding upon the shirt’s text.   For some reason, people …

god Is A D&%k

God is a dick

If there is a god, then it certainly isn’t a benevolent god. We have all read or heard of the numerous passages from the bible that show its demented, wrathful self. Which raises the question, if it does actually exist, does it matter? If it was benevolent then we would not have innocent children dying. (Don’t give me that BS about …