If Dan Dennett (and I) ruled the world

Professor Ceiling Cat is otherwise occupied today, and so posting will be light and limited to persiflage. I don’t know if this is a regular feature of Prospect magazine, but it should be. Thursday’s issue published a short piece called “Daniel Dennett: If I ruled the world.” It’s a laundry list of what Dan would […]

Daniel Dennett on media bias and religion

by Greg Mayer Jerry’s back, but still overcoming the inevitable feelings of despair and hopelessness that come from arriving in Chicago in January after cruising among tropical islands (just kidding– Chicago’s my kind of town this time of year!), so he asked me to post the following link to a post by Dan Dennett in […]

Almost-live report: Daniel Dennett at the Cambridge Darwin-and-faith bash

Daniel Dennett is attending the Darwin celebration at Cambridge University, and sent us this report from the two symposia on faith and religion — symposia that were, as I reported earlier, sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation.  On to Dan’s report, which he kindly gave permission to post: PART 1. I am attending and participating […]

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 […]

Fighting back against Templeton

Standing behind much of the accommodationism in America is the John Templeton Foundation. This organization is loaded to the gunwales with cash, thanks to the investing activities of the late John Templeton, and it regularly uses its ample coffers to lure scientists into discussing “the big questions” in support of its aim to unify science […]

Brown + Ruse vs. Myers: Are atheists responsible for creationism?

I swear, sometimes I think that pro-evolution accommodationists see evolutionists as a bigger enemy than are creationists.  This became clear to me earlier this week, when I received a nasty, chest-thumping email from philosopher Michael Ruse, accusing me of two things: 1.  Since I was not a philosopher, I had no credentials to pronounce on […]

Join the Reason Project

Under the inspiration of Sam Harris, a nonprofit organization called The Reason Project has been formed under the trusteeship of Sam, his wife Annaka, and Jai Lakshman.  The website can be accessed here, and the aims are these: The Reason Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in […]

NYT shows that atheists are not agents of Satan

Surprisingly, today’s New York Times has a good article on the growth of atheism in America.  As I’ve said, I think that this is the best way to rid the country of creationism, though it will take time.  And the best way to effect this change is to be vociferous –or at least not reticent– […]

Simon Conway Morris becomes a creationist

In yesterday’s Guardian the famous paleontologist Simon Conway Morris (describer of many of the Burgess Shale fossils and author of Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe) uses Darwin Day not as a reason to celebrate what the old man did, but to point out what he did not do, and to engage in […]