Atheists are funnier

Over the past few days I’ve noticed a difference between the posts on “atheist” blogs and those on “accommodationist” blogs:  the people who comment on atheist blogs seem funnier.   While both sides defend their turf with ardor, I find myself chuckling more at the atheist posts: they seem to use humor and sarcasm more often, […]

Mooney and Kirshenbaum: Atheists turn Americans from science, strangle puppies

Over at Butterflies and Wheels, Ophelia Benson has begun reading and posting on Mooney and Kirshenbaum’s new book, Unscientific America, an analysis of why the American public is so scientifically illiterate (I’m going by the blurbs; I haven’t read it yet). According to Mooney and Kirshenbaum, one of the main reasons for this illiteracy is […]

Does religion have greater “epistemic authority” than science in some areas?

Take a look at this article by Tom Clark at; it’s about the misguided notion that in some areas faith can give us genuine answers to questions before which science is impotent.   This is the NOMA (“nonoverlapping magisteria”) refrain that we hear constantly from organizations like the National Academy of Sciences, the National Center […]