News Bits

by Luke Muehlhauser on September 15, 2010 in News

Cool. There is a blog named after my term ‘Enchanted Naturalism‘. The tagline is a Douglas Adams quote:

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

50 atheist billboards go up in Atlanta, Georgia. Courtesy of FFRF. (I think billboards are among the best ways to spread the good news of atheism.)

Top 10 review for the King James Bible.

Richard Dawkins and David Attenborough in conversation.

Papers of the day: “Criteria for Consciousness in Humans and Other Mammals” (2004) and “Identifying Hallmarks of Consciousness in Non-Mammalian Species” (2005).

Koch and Crick interviewed about the neural correlates of consciousness.


Pentagon tries to buy up and destroy entire print run of book that embarrasses it.

Scientists discover 10 billion trillion trillion carat diamond.

Another interview with Patricia Churchland.

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Reginald Selkirk September 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Christine O’Donnell, the GOP candidate for the senate in Delaware, is a hardcore Christian who claims it is always wrong to lie, is a Young Earth Creationist, and, as president & founder of SALT (Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth), spoke out against the evil of masturbation.


Lorkas September 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I understand that the French ban on burqas is meant primarily to prevent men from forcing women to cover their faces, but a full-on ban strikes me as a loss for secularism. I’m glad that women can’t be forced to wear them in France anymore, but it’s sad that the women can’t choose to wear one if they want to.


Bill Maher September 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

The billboards in Atlanta is great. There are a lot more free thinkers in Georgia than you might think (in particularly, Savannah and A-town)


mojo.rhythm September 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

That was a top dialogue between David and Richard. Two scientists who genuinely love, revere and appreciate the natural world.


Hermes September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I’d like the Pentagon to buy up my first print runs. It’s like free money plus incredible advertising for the second print run!


lukeprog September 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm


That was my thought. I don’t understand how this would hurt the book.


Hermes September 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Maybe he has a buddy in the chain of command?


G'DIsraeli September 16, 2010 at 2:31 am

Ironically such a law passes in France…I think its a clear message that more Islamic immigration is not welcome.

A move against secularism? No, its a move against multiculturalism.
Society does not have to accept all forms of “faiths” and there practices and it does not (for instance Christians killing there kids by not giving them medical care).


Michael September 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

Glasgow billboard of “Two Million Scots are Good without God” ahead of the Pope’s visit.


stamati September 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

omg luke, that animation was insane. it’s going on facebook asap.


Reginald Selkirk September 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

Lt. Governor to speak at Freedom From Religion conference
In Wisconsin. The address will be taped, not live.


Reginald Selkirk September 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Hermes September 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

The Pope; he’s attempting to deflect his own culpability as the architect of the policy that institutionalized the mishandling and cover ups of child rapists and threatening of victims. To encourage that, he brings up a common bigotry of the strident and casual against people who don’t believe as they do, sprinkled with a little Nazi juice for good measure. Yet, it’s a knowing lie. As a former Nazi youth himself, he probably had Gott Mit Uns someone where on his uniform, and even if not he would have to be blind not to notice it on the soldiers. He could not have missed the religious speech the Nazis used, or that appears in Mein Kampf.


scott September 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Hey Luke,

Thanks for linking to the He-Man thing. Usually I’m the last person to know about cool things like that. But all my friends are blown away. Now I’m the cool one thanks to you.



lukeprog September 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm




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