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

 

The Poetry of Science - A conversation between Richard Dawkins and Neil Degrasse Tyson

Can You Solve This? - A number riddle to help us better understand the scientific method

Full Show: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion and the Universe

Neil sits down with Bill Moyers to discuss some of the mysteries of the universe and where god fits into the equation.

"If god is the mystery of the universe- we’re tackling these mysteries one by one. If you’re going to stay religious at the end of the conversation, god has to mean more to you than the just ‘where science has yet to tread’.

Anonymous asked
Do you have any favourite atheism youtube channels?

In no particular order:

TheraminTrees

NonStampCollector

DarkMatter2525

TheMessianicManic

AronRa

SamHarrisOrg

AtheistFoundation

PhilHellenes

RichardDawkinsFoundationForScienceAndReason

I’m sure there are a lot of good ones that I don’t even know about. If anyone has suggestions please let me know.

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What is your brain not telling you?

Just because your brain recognizes something, doesn’t mean you see it. Learn more about what your brain is keeping from you in this episode from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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How much water is in a cloud?

How do clouds defy gravity when they are full of water? Just how much water is in a cloud? Maddie Moate explains the startling science behind clouds which are all too often taken for granted.

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Jesus: The Cover-Up

No broadcast, no festivities, no coverage whatsoever…
Instead, it happens in the dead of night when nobody’s around…?
Why? Isn’t this meant to be the turning point of the history of creation?
Sounds like someone’s covering something up, or trying to get away with something. But why? What? And guess who screwed it up?

It suddenly occurred to me a few months back: the 40+ years-later accounts we have of the morning of Jesus’s resurrection sound exactly like the way things would have played out if Jesus had wanted NOBODY to know about it. Curious. Why would THAT be? But then when you think about the insane theology behind it - it’s actually no wonder. I think I know what happened. Here’s my theory.

-Nonstampcollector

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RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

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'Morality: From the Heavens or From Nature?' - Dr. Andy Thomson, AAI 2009

Can the existence of moral values and intuitions be explained within a naturalistic worldview? Yes.
And unlike “god did it”, the naturalistic theories have convergent evidence and explanatory power.