Rebecca Watson and the Skepchicks (which would make a great band name) have selected the Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008
: people who have led the fight for reason and against pseudoscience. The list includes a lot of big names within the skepticism community, notably Ben Goldacre, PZ Myers and Phil Plait.
I, being hopelessly lame, had not heard of all the winners, but thanks to Rebecca now I know, and knowing is half the battle.… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 3:03pm —
1. The more skilled a craftsman is, the less defects his product contains. 
2. The perfect craftsman is an omnipotent creator (a.k.a. "God").
3. God should therefore be capable of producing a creation without any sloppy defects.  This includes humans, of course.
4. At the organ level, the inflamed human appendix is an obvious defect of design.
5. Ergo, humans are far from being physically flawless. In behavioural aspects, Christianity largely agrees. 
6. One is… Continue
Added by A.Ou on December 30, 2008 at 2:12pm —
The Washington Post reports a new study
showing that teenagers who are brainwashed or cudgeled into taking anti-sex pledges end up having sex just as much as propaganda-free teenagers. Sexless-pledged kids excel in other areas, though, such as acquisition of sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Once again we see clear and unambiguous evidence that the only things… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 12:00pm —
I wrote a post over at Heaving Dead Cats
. I did something wicked and I wanted to share it with everyone because it made me Blasphemously Happy. Here's a link to what I did. You decide how wicked it is:…
Added by Neece on December 30, 2008 at 11:30am —
You always hear a story about someone turning their life to God or "finding Jesus" after a terrible shortcoming or battle with addiction. It usually gets me thinking about Former Governor/Wrester Jesse Ventura's quote "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." The reason why? When I think of my pre-atheist self, I think of a very weak-minded person who thrived for excuses. Do these people need a congregation to make themselves feel special… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on December 30, 2008 at 3:26am —
So I've been spending a lot of time working on my website
this past week since I have a lot of free time. Working at a university has one huge bonus: I get paid days off whenever the students are off. I'm a little half way over my 16 days off.
Slowly the site is gaining in popularity and I have been noticing a degradation in its performance. Aside from the prepackaged popup library I'm using when you cursor over the article links, everything… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on December 30, 2008 at 12:09am —
taken from my blog
Apparently some people dont’ understand how reality and arguments work when it comes to debating religion, so I’ve decided to try and explain. An argument about religion has to follow the same rules that any argument has to follow. Some people blatantly try to ignore this, and it only hurts their claim.
Firstly, when you make a statement, you are making a claim. “I ate cereal… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on December 29, 2008 at 7:00pm —
A recent article
in Nature magazine presents evidence that the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of life on Earth was probably not a hyperthermophile after all. New molecular-genetics results show the cell type all living cells can trace their own origin back to in a clear genetic line - LUCA - was not a strong heat-loving microbe. Up until now, the accepted model in evolutionary genetics was that LUCA shared… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 29, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Freethinking Winter Solstice Sign & Billboard
To go up in Olympia!
Nov. 26, 2008
Tis the season . . . to bring some freethinking cheer to Olympia!
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is making its mark on Olympia in December.
In addition to erecting a jaunty "Reason's Greetings" billboard in downtown Olympia on East 5th Avenue (cross street Jefferson), the Foundation and its… Continue
Added by MJ on December 29, 2008 at 5:30pm —
No Evangelizing At Recruiting Sites
December 28, 2008McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
The Pentagon is cracking down on evangelizing at its national network of recruit processing centers, telling religious groups that it won't permit proselytizing at the sites.
A new regulation quietly distributed last month to commanders of the 65 centers says that religious literature and publications produced by other "non-federal entities" may be made available to… Continue
Added by Rick on December 29, 2008 at 5:00pm —
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Added by Krista on December 29, 2008 at 3:34pm —
Disturbing things afoot in small town America--imagine that! Vjack at Atheist Revolution commented on this apparent fiasco in-waiting last week (links provided later--I am not home and am having technical difficulties at the moment), and I guess it's not going away. In fact, for the poor guy who complained (and rightly so), it's gotten much worse.
Read the Rest - Links not on blog...heh...but if you go there, you'll know where to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 29, 2008 at 2:49pm —
A network like this even exists?
Feel like I came out of the closet!
Added by Drew on December 29, 2008 at 12:00am —
Added by Fr33think3r on December 28, 2008 at 3:43pm —
From now on, I will be using this term to refer to those people (including myself when appropriate) who are not able to distinguish reality from fantasy, for whatever reason. This ranges from the operational reality-challenged (like those who believe in supernatural entities, for example, and can still walk around and pass for normal) to the curl-up-in-a-ball-paranoid-delusional reality-challenged.
It's okay. It happens to the best of us, on occasion.
Wow. I could SO not… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 28, 2008 at 1:59pm —
This was brought to my attention by my former business partner. Now some of us were in uniform prior to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Well, starting back in the early 90's the military started to take DNA samples of all it's service members. The reason for this was simple. If you got killed in combat, and had lost your dog tags or had decomposed, they could use your DNA to identify your body and bring you home. No more Unknown Soldiers. That meant… Continue
Added by Rick on December 28, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Another Christmas season as come and gone--the 'War on Christmas' is over, for this year. Be sure to look for it again about mid-November next year. I've come across more than one 'article' asking why atheists hate or fear Christians and Christianity so much--apparently, we purposefully get particularly riled up this time of year. I'd like to take a stab at answering this question, but first, I should explain that it isn't even a valid question. As in, you holy folks aren't asking the right… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 28, 2008 at 11:57am —
Yesterday my girlfriend needed some gas for her car. Right now financially it is tight for both of us and I help her out whenever I can. So getting her some gas to go back and forth to work is a no brainer. Well its morning and we're both peckish so I send her into the store to give the clerk there my gas card and tell him we're going to buy some other things. Well she comes out and says I have to show the guy my ID. That struck me as odd because if I… Continue
Added by Rick on December 28, 2008 at 11:30am —
Hello fellow thinkers.
I'm a new member but have been reading many fine atheist sites, including this one, for years, although I'm not overly sure why, there's nothing new in this age-old argument, if you could reason with believers, there would be no believers. I suppose I just like to be reminded I'm not the only person on this over-infested rock that still has the ability to reason, well, that and the fact that reading about whatever the latest moronic thing the believers are doing… Continue
Added by EvilGod on December 28, 2008 at 11:30am —
Hello to everyone, i just thought since i am recently registered to the comunity, i would introduce my self.
I am a iguitar player, love music, specially metal.
I work with web development, for 11 years now.
I am a Atheist, i strongly believe religion is one of the biggest problems ins the world today.
Have 5 black cats.
I run a few blogs, one of them is particularly against religion, and more focused on christianity, since i am currently living… Continue
Added by deathvult on December 28, 2008 at 12:33am —