Archive for July, 2011

Logical Fallacy of the Week – No true Scotsman

“Aiee. MacDuff’s wearing briefs, mate.” “Then he’s no TRUE Scotsman.” The No true Scotsman logical fallacy is perhaps one of the best named of the logical fallacies. It is regularly abused by any group with a member whose actions reflect poorly on the group. Coined by Antony Flew (atheist-turned-deist) this fallacy is explained as follows: […]

Sky cake.

A great bit from Patton Oswalt Are you thinking, “Yuk, yuk, yuk. But c’mon, it’s not that infantile?” How about now?  Okay. Okay. It’s just a harmless ritual, a device to promote social harmony?  I’m not suggesting that thanking God for Chevy or Ford is inherently problematic am I? Of course not. We have much bigger […]

Not hated…feared.

This fear and loathing is not for what this group does or for what it believes; it is solely because of what it doesn’t believe. And this thing it doesn’t believe is not something for which the evidence is overwhelming (like the moon landing, an old earth or evolution.) It is something that requires faith […]

Love in an Elevator

A Case Study in Gender Bias (Sorry, gotta watch a commercial…but the clip fits nicely with the discussion.) Tags:, Smokey855 – Family Guy – Pick Me Up, PC Games, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 In the skeptic community several weeks ago, a very strange controversy erupted in response to a YouTube video that was posted […]

King of the Jungle

The first section of The Daily Show was classic. Stewart methodically dismantles the Republican candidates. Had to post it. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Indecision 2012 – Survival of the Funded Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook   And […]

Selling God

It seems like it didn’t take long to get from slogging on the treadmill in the basement because it’s too cold outside to slogging on the treadmill in the basement because it’s too hot outside. I tried running once in this 98 degree shit, but the resulting air movement kind of feels like a blow-drier […]

Who are you?

Many of you who regularly read this blog might often ask yourselves: “Why does he even bother with this stuff?” It seems readily apparent that most are quite unmovable in their faith perspectives. Admittedly, this goes for non-believing minds as well believing ones. So, if rational arguments really in essence are rationalized arguments, and at […]

Maybe a rain dance instead?

It should be obvious by now, that this is just as often reversed where the Right is screaming “Global Warming’s a Hoax” on the left and the bit about a weather event on the right. Texas has been in the grip of sizzling drought (some now say the worst in recorded history) for over half a […]

Uh….Jesus, what do you think?

It seems to be a complete failure of American education that leaves us with anti-intellectual governors and senators who not only manage to get elected , but line up for a presidential nomination.  Luckily, Rick Perry isn’t the Republican front-runner in Iowa.  That’s…uh…oh yeah.  (See Jesus, above.)  Oh…and it’s not a whole lot […]

For the Bible Tells Me So…

If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend this documentary (available for streaming through NetFlix.) It is an examination of the contemporary cultural struggle between traditional religious belief and homosexuality. Understand going in that it is very much an accommodationist perspective that categorizes the scriptural passages against homosexuality with those passages that endorse enslavement and the […]