Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.
"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."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
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.
President Barack Obama, responding to House Speaker John Boehner’s abrupt withdrawal from talks on a debt ceiling increase. He has summoned congressional leaders to the White House on Saturday to sketch out a new plan before the Aug. 2 deadline.
The dispute resulted from Obama and other Democrats asking that some of the deal included expiration of tax subsidizes for corporations and the top 1% of Americans. Republicans claim voters don’t want any tax increases (actually expiration of subsidies) or the debt ceiling to be raised.
Or he was late for a tanning salon appointment…