All posts tagged education

Grad school >> NFQ

Man, I miss you guys. I’m just lacking the mental energy these days to put together decent blog posts. I’m focusing on being a responsible grad student and I have some looming deadlines plus a general desire to graduate someday, ever. This leaves me rather drained when it comes to writing about why someone is […]

Awesome atheist teens in Florida

Well, I’m sure there are awesome atheist teens all over the place. But there’s a New York Times article about a student group at Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida, and that’s what I’m talking about now.  This is such a cool story. The federal law permitting extracurricular clubs to use public schools before […]

Friday Link Roundup #33

The Bible says both that atheists are fools, and that anyone who calls someone a fool is liable to burn in hell. Formerly atheist cartoonist Box Brown converts to Christianity. The Atheist Experience gets pwned by infamous troll “DM.” (For context, see here or here.) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that, since a […]

Friday Link Roundup #29

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have written a musical, The Book of Mormon, debuting on Broadway next month. (Coincidentally, I just caught this old South Park episode on TV the other day.) Was Frederick Douglass a secular humanist? (Via.) Speaking of which — and this is off-topic except for the previous bullet […]

To Santa, or not to Santa?

The issue of whether to play along with the Santa Claus game comes up every year. For those of us who are atheists because we value rationality, those of us who count ourselves as part of the skeptical community, it’s an important question. Since the only thing that atheists are sure to have in common […]

Friday Link Roundup #21

File this under “makes me happy and sad at the same time” — the Air Force Academy now has a blossoming “spirituality community” for Pagans and Wiccans. When you’re writing a card to congratulate someone on their wedding, it’s probably it’s a good idea to leave out any clauses that start with “Though we were […]

Friday Link Roundup #18

I skipped my usual Friday link post last week — I guess because I wrote about almost everything I was intending to, which is a good thing. This week, it looks like I’m bringing you a special all-webcomics edition of the roundup. I empathized pretty hard with this Buttersafe strip. SMBC brought us two religion-themed […]

But you knew this anyway

The New York Times reports on a Pew survey asking Americans general knowledge questions about “the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.” On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith. […]

Friday Link Roundup #17

Going through my old starred items in Google Reader, I found this other talk by Dan Ariely, this time on how, when, and why people cheat. Speaking of interesting things pointed out in the WWGHA forum, I have no words to describe this article on Sarah Palin’s former church, even though it’s two years old […]

Friday Link Roundup #12

A recent Gallup poll shows that fewer than half of Americans would say confidently that they don’t believe in ghosts, and about a third would say confidently that they do. Ditto for haunted houses. It’s also interesting that belief in both cases tends to decline with age. Not Always Right posted this illuminating exchange between […]