Are Many Atheist Bloggers “Victims”?

In a post entitled “Why the study of literature is going extinct,” Jerry Coyne quotes from Gary Saul Morson’s essay “Why college kids are avoiding the study of literature“: “Nothing makes us less capable of empathy than consciousness of victimhood. Self-conscious victimhood leads to cruelty that calls itself righteousness and … Continue reading

Jesus and Mo – Extra

restons Actors’ statement.   Over at Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne admits he is “not quite sure why Jesus and Mo themselves are holding the sign” that says “Nous Restons Charlie Hebdo” (“We remain Charlie Hebdo”), and the commenters are attempting to answer Coyne’s question. However, the author says that … Continue reading

Challenges for Atheists in 2016

Atheist Ireland is a short and pithy name for “an Irish advocacy group” that promotes atheism and reason over superstition and supernaturalism, and . . . an ethical, secular society where the State does not support or finance or give special treatment to any religion. On January 1, Michael Nugent, … Continue reading

That “Non Religious Kids are More Altruistic” Study

I’ve received emails and read many a tweet and Facebook post from gleeful atheists about this study. I can’t really blame them for their excitement, for we are continually confronted with assertions from believers that we just aren’t very moral without religion or that we our default disposition is “sad sack”; … Continue reading

The Limits Of Free Speech And Public Monuments

Recently there was a lot of disgust expressed against a “Man charged after ‘fornicating the statue,’ police say” Yes, this is the same monument Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered at and, the same monument that saw teenagers in 2006 charged for urinating at. In all the above cases the charge … Continue reading

Chris DiCarlo: “The ‘FAIR’ Machine Project”

In one of his posts about INR5, Jerry Coyne discusses Chris DiCarlo’s presentation at the event: Chris DiCarlo related the heartbreaking tale about how he had lost jobs and tenure by being an atheist—in Canada!—and proposed that we devise some kind of “fairness machine” that could make decisions without human bias. … Continue reading

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