In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

skeptv:

World of Batshit - №1: Sky Demons

Part one in a series examining some of the most ridiculous claims. In this part, we look at a channel claiming that aircraft are holographic “sky demons” signifying “end times”, and discuss how easy it is to be an end times fraud.

via Cool Hard Logic.


religiousragings:

christiannightmares:

Texas family spots image of Jesus in their moldy shower (For the story and video, click image or here; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/12817427126/jesus-spotted-on-dogs-butthole-found-at)

The Lord works in mysterious ways.  It is nice that he reassures us of his existence as mold.  It’s a good thing she noticed it, or else I certainly wouldn’t have seen it. I’m repenting my evil atheist ways.  I have never seen such clear-cut evidence of His existence.  Praise the Lord and pass the TileX.

I just see Frank Zappa. . He has risen!

religiousragings:

christiannightmares:

Texas family spots image of Jesus in their moldy shower (For the story and video, click image or here; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/12817427126/jesus-spotted-on-dogs-butthole-found-at)

The Lord works in mysterious ways.  It is nice that he reassures us of his existence as mold.  It’s a good thing she noticed it, or else I certainly wouldn’t have seen it. I’m repenting my evil atheist ways.  I have never seen such clear-cut evidence of His existence.  Praise the Lord and pass the TileX.

I just see Frank Zappa. . He has risen!

What’s that Moses? You were up there talking to a burning shrubbery? Sounds legit.

What’s that Moses? You were up there talking to a burning shrubbery? Sounds legit.

goodreasonnews:

You know what’s not funny? Hate. You know what’s also not funny? People going on hate-filled rants. However, you know what is funny, people going on hate-filled rants that make so little sense that they sound like someone took the worst comments from a political message board, mixed all the words around, translated them to Japanese, and then translated them back. And that’s what happened at a council meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska and it resulted in one of the craziest videos you’ll see this week.

Recently, Nebraskan cities have been trying to deal with the lack of protection that LGBT citizens have from discrimination. The state’s anti-discrimination laws don’t cover sexual orientation. YouTube user aksarbent has been uploading videos of some of the more interesting moments from hearings on the issue. One of them, he or she labeled “Best in Show!” and, good lord, is that not hyperbole.

I promise this is the best video you’ll watch today. Just….wow.

The guy sitting in the background is acting out all of our reactions in real time. If I was at this meeting I’d have to testify that this lady’s delusional speech perfectly sums up the bullshit that gay people have to deal with and why they must pass that anti-discrimination amendment.

I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.

Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22

Indiana Lawmaker Refuses to Honor Girl Scouts Because It’s a ‘Radicalized Organization’ That Promotes Homosexuality

Representative Bob Morris (obviously R-Fort Wayne) of the Indiana House of Representatives believes that the Girl Scouts of America (and its worldwide partner) is a radicalized, pro-abortion, tactical arm of Planned Parenthood that “promotes homosexual lifestyles” and counts communists among its role models…

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The bold “obviously” added by me, because I think we all knew which party this guy belongs to, just by reading the headline.
Indiana Lawmaker Refuses to Honor Girl Scouts Because It’s a ‘Radicalized Organization’ That Promotes Homosexuality

Representative Bob Morris (obviously R-Fort Wayne) of the Indiana House of Representatives believes that the Girl Scouts of America (and its worldwide partner) is a radicalized, pro-abortion, tactical arm of Planned Parenthood that “promotes homosexual lifestyles” and counts communists among its role models…

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The bold “obviously” added by me, because I think we all knew which party this guy belongs to, just by reading the headline.

christiannightmares:

‘Rick Perry to Host Hate Group-Funded Prayer Summit’ (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/1139270816/bryan-fischer-a-two-minute-roundup-of-hateful)

THIS FUCKING GUY. Upon reading the article, I am filled with an urge to defecate.

christiannightmares:

‘Rick Perry to Host Hate Group-Funded Prayer Summit’ (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/1139270816/bryan-fischer-a-two-minute-roundup-of-hateful)

THIS FUCKING GUY. Upon reading the article, I am filled with an urge to defecate.

posnonrel:

hatefulatheist:

It’s a sign of God! Or an illusion….probably an illusion.

It’s also the cover for one of my favorite albums in recent years.
I do seriously think, though, that an appreciation for the ways in which our senses and our minds can deceive themselves is one of the most important lessons a person can learn, and also one of the most consistently useful counter-arguments against religious “evidence.”


“The human mind is a delusion machine" -paraphrased from "God’s Debris"

posnonrel:

hatefulatheist:

It’s a sign of God! Or an illusion….probably an illusion.

It’s also the cover for one of my favorite albums in recent years.

I do seriously think, though, that an appreciation for the ways in which our senses and our minds can deceive themselves is one of the most important lessons a person can learn, and also one of the most consistently useful counter-arguments against religious “evidence.”

The human mind is a delusion machine" -paraphrased from "God’s Debris"