This is not my pick, but yours. Most favorited or most retweeted teweet of the week (or something,) usually gets a space here. But this one is special…
You see, I tweet a lot, usually my tweets are just anti-baloney claims, but sometimes they are replies to theists who get either offended, or just tempestuous.
This was the case when I tweeted this:
(Here is the Twitter link, in case you, too, want to retweet it.)
So what do theists do? They try to discredit atheists saying that we’re angry at god. A very pretentious statement, in my opinion, as if we were acting out on some secret resentment at god for something we expected of this god, and said god didn’t deliver…? or even worse, as if we were secretly believing in a god, their god – and feeling ashamed for it…? That makes no sense. Continue reading
I bet you didn’t expect to see THIS book showing up here, but in order to fight ignorance, you need to know its sources.
So, I present to you The “Holy” Quran (Qur’an). Seriously, it’s worth a read.
Grab the pdf here.
Recently, at a dinner party I attended, I was, again, severely concerned about how easily people believe whatever nonsense they are told, or any ridiculous claim they read via those annoying email forwards, that have become a sad hobby for certain people with too much free time.
So today, I was sort of venting my frustration with my friend Joshua McGee who presented me with this excellent piece that he wrote on the subject, so, after asking for the author’s permission, I am cross-posting his entry here for your delight:
Mental Hygiene Tips
Before you believe something, and definitely before you pass it on, perform these steps:
1. Type it into Snopes. Has Barbara already done the research for you and shown it to be inaccurate? She’s pretty good at that stuff, and it’s her full-time job.
2. If there are quantifiable elements, punch the figures into a calculator. Do the numbers check out?
3. Does the claim violate what are generally accepted as fundamental ways the physical universe works? If so, ask how much of human knowledge, research, and understanding would have to be overturned. If it’s “a great deal”, consider whether it’s more likely that the claim is untrue.
4. Would the claim’s truth or falsehood have any easily-observable effects? If so, are they happening? For instance, if people could psychically predict cards, would casinos still be in business? If any newspaper psychics could foresee the future, how did all of them miss the 9/11 attacks?
5. Consider if the claim immediately benefits the claimant. If so, be on your guard.
These are all before you even have to start wondering whether someone’s personal testimony is reliable, whether data was collected rigorously, whether testing procedures were adequate, etc. — even before you worry about whether the people in the story actually exist or not.
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Some tweets cause a stir. On Darwin Day this one did.
This is the Twitter link in case you want to retweet it, too.
As many of you know, I was born in a really cool day. I happen to share my birthday with Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln. How cool is that!
This year we have yet another reason to call it a special day. Although it’s a sad day for those who think that “if evolution were true, god would have mentioned it when he wrote the bible” Right? Right? NOT!
Representative Pete Stark proposed H. Res 81 to Congress, expressing support for designation of February 12, 2011, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity. This resolution is a culmination of collaboration between Representative Stark, 2008 Humanist of the Year, and the American Humanist Association.
In a statement, Representative Stark said, “Darwin’s birthday is a good time for us to reflect on the important role of science in our society. It is also a time to redouble our efforts to ensure that children are being taught scientific facts, not religious dogma, and to fight back against those who seek to undermine the science of climate change for political ends.”
This resolution could not have come at a more important time. The New York Times recently reported that only 28 percent of biology teachers present evidence for evolution as recommended by the National Research Council, while 13 percent “explicitly advocate” creationism. Furthermore, with climate change quickly gaining speed, and anti-environment regulation law-makers denying its impact, a true grasp of science is the strongest defense against global warming.
You can read the text of the resolution in its entirety here.
These are some very, very good suggestions on how to celebrate my birthday…err, Darwin Day, but whatever you do, celebrate life today.
Happy Birthday Chuck and Abe…. and me!