September 30, 2009

Happy Blasphemy Day

Posted in Atheism tagged , , , , , at 3:56 pm by Andrew

In honor of Blasphemy Day, Dyran over at Sentient Puddle has reposted the Muslim cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten four years ago today.

If you’ve never seen the cartoons before — and, if you live in the US, you probably haven’t — it’s worth checking out just how mild these things are. And even if you have, give Dyran a click in solidarity with free speech and the right to subject anything to scrutiny and criticism.

Richard Dawkins to Appear on Colbert Report Tonight

Posted in Atheism, humor, Interviews tagged , , , at 3:45 pm by Andrew

Click here for the promo from Colbert.

If you can’t wait until 11:30 pm EST tonight, here’s a clip from the last time Dawkins was on the show, in 2006.

Personally, I find the interviews on Colbert kind of frustrating if it’s a subject I’d actually like to see interviewed. (On the other hand, Colbert’s interviews with sitting members of Congress, in “Better Know A District,” are hilarious.) Dawkins was pretty charitable about it last time, noting that–

I had a good time in New York. The Colbert show was fun, notwithstanding my misgivings before (which I have removed, because they now seem misplaced). While I was waiting, he came in to see me as himself, introduced himself and made sure that I understood his act: “You know I play a complete idiot?” I must say, when he is in character, he does it extremely well. The real Colbert is obviously highly intelligent and a very nice man. Aficionados seem divided about 50/50 over whether the real Colbert is religious. He is obviously too intelligent to be religious in any simple conventional sense. I suspect either that it amuses him to blur the distinction between his ‘character’ and the real Colbert. Or perhaps he is religious in the Einsteinian sense that all of us are, and goes to church because, like Martin Rees, he ‘believes in belief’ (Dan Dennett’s happy phrase).

May 13, 2009

Penn Jillette: Love of Truth and a Little BS (or: Why I Am Not a Nihilist)

Posted in Atheism, humor, Worldview tagged , , , , , at 1:35 pm by Andrew

Probably NSFW without headphones, unless you work for Gordon Ramsay. (Penn, as you may know, swears a lot.) If you like Penn Jillette’s stuff, you’ll like this. It also has some great stuff on the difference between critiquing ideas and attacking individuals which seems a propos of the recent creationism discussions here.

May 5, 2009

Anti-Atheist Humor?

Posted in Atheism, humor tagged , at 9:59 am by Andrew

Since we’ve taken some (mostly good-natured) shots at Christians here at EC, one of my commenters challenged me to “equal time” for jokes about atheists, and suggested the following link. So, in the spirit of fairness:

Jokes About Atheists.

Maybe I’m a “fundamentalist atheist,” but… I didn’t find too many of these all that funny, except for the bit about atheist evangelists distributing blank sheets of paper.

EDITED to add: I guess it takes a fellow atheist (“Non-Stamp Collector,” who also authored this work of genius) to really make fun of atheists:

April 24, 2009

Pareidolia: It’s Not Just For Christians

Posted in Atheism, humor tagged , at 11:04 am by Andrew

Mohammed on a fish, Allah in an eggplant, and more. Interestingly, since Islam forbids iconographic representations, their pareidolia generally takes the form of arabic script (as in the link).

There’s a serious point here, too: our experiences are shaped by our expectations. It’s why near-death experiences reflect the cultural traditions of the patient, for example.

April 22, 2009

Somewhat Anachronistic Catholic Church Youth Commission Logo

Posted in humor tagged , , at 1:43 pm by Andrew

Seriously:
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April 20, 2009

The Brick Testament

Posted in Atheism tagged , , , , at 1:06 pm by Andrew

If you’re not familiar with the genius that is The Brick Testament, or you simply haven’t been in a while because updates are slow, you’ll be pleased to know that the site has been updated with a Lego re-enactment of (segments of) the Book of Revelation.

April 19, 2009

Rick Warren’s “Jack Tripper” Problem

Posted in Atheism tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Andrew

If it combines Pastor Rick Warren and “Three’s Company,” you know Fred Clark must be behind it.

Notwithstanding the terrific humor value, I think Clark is dead on here. Just as with his inaugural invocation (to say nothing of the recent controversy over Prop 8), Warren is trying to pretend as though his theology and politics are much more mainstream than they really are.

The (predictable) result seems to be that he’s losing his natural allies among the Way-of-the-Master crowd without gaining any support from liberal evangelicals like Fred Clark (let alone atheists like me).

April 17, 2009

I’m Sure I Just Missed….

Posted in Atheism, Personal tagged , , , at 3:54 pm by Andrew

The website “brainz.org” has posted their list of The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time.

(It’s okay; I didn’t make the list of the 100 Greatest Metal Bands of All Time, either. And I wouldn’t have put either Ayn Rand or Korn on either list.)

HT: Pharyngula.

April 13, 2009

More Fun With Pareidolia

Posted in Personal tagged , at 2:00 pm by Andrew

Jesus in a Kit Kat bar!

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