Saturday, November 11, 2006

Odds and Ends

Newsweek has been publishing intelligent pieces on atheism recently. Today I saw this story on the Beyond Belief conference in La Jolla, California.
It's hard to be a skeptic, that much was clear from the conference. Hard for the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, who described trying to offer up thanks "to the scientists who made this abundance of food possible" at a friend's Thanksgiving dinner, only to be shouted down by demands for a proper grace. Hard for atheist author Sam Harris ("Letter to a Christian Nation") who likes to point out that people today believe in God based on no more evidence than the ancients had for believing in Zeus or Poseidon—with the result that in addition to all the mail he gets from Christians, he's now getting angry letters from pagans who claim he's insulted their beliefs, as well.
Man, I love these guys.

Newsweek also recently published a very short bit about Sam Harris for their BeliefWatch column.

And I love this:

2 comments:

Peg said...

Hi Doc! Just stopped by to say a hiddey ho!
Wonder what this year will hold now that the Dems hold more seats. Keep an eye out on Bush's new manuevers. Dems may end up playing right into his hand!
Should be interesting.........

Doctor Logic said...

Hello Peg!

In the next two years, we'll learn about what Bush has been up to for the last six. You know, all those questions the Republicans refused to ask, in case it made Bush look bad. Right now, only 33% of people like the man. I think that number will go lower when people find out just how incompetent and corrupt he has been. I, for one, will never forgive him for his crimes.

If only he had been a brilliant, effective, statesman, but a philanderer, I could have forgiven him. :)