Personally, I love infographics. They can be very simple and there is room for deception in how they present information, but they can also be extremely clarifying. BibViz.com, put together by Daniel G. Taylor, is a really cool infographic website that displays biblical contradictions and the sources for them. Sometimes when people point out biblical contradictions they are trivial, something like what color Jesus was wearing at the time. However, here, most of the contradictions are some substantive discrepancies. Lots of other useful infographics follow the main one such as the occurrence of: scientific inaccuracies, cruelty and violence, misogyny, discrimination, homophobia and other general religious statistics. What’s the point of it all? Well, it tends to show that perhaps the Bible is not divinely inspired. Also, it is a good resource when you forget where a passage is but want to look up a general topic like where the Bible encourages or displays mistreatment of women. Check it out and let me know what you think.
By Colin Wright on August 21, 2013 | Discuss
You may remember my article from nearly two years ago, where I debunked a qigong medical study commonly heralded as concrete proof for the effectiveness of external qigong treatment for chronic pain. The study was sloppy, and void of experimental rigor.
I have since continued to engage qigong supporters, despite their reluctance to present empirical evidence and well-executed studies in support of their claims. In fact, their reluctance to engage in reasonable discussion reached a new level when I was banned from the qigong subreddit for posting my article there. I was assured that I would have my ban lifted “as soon as [I] agree not to post any more skeptical articles.” Well then, I guess I am banned for life.
Because of my qigong criticisms, I have recently become alerted to Master Zhou, who is billed as a Qigong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu Grand Master as well as a Master Medical Qigong Healer. He is widely cited as perhaps the most well-known qigong master alive, and has been featured on popular television shows such as Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, That’s Incredible, and on the History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhumans. This guy has given qigong healing treatments to the Dalai Lama as well as professional sports teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s got some serious qigong street cred. Surely this guy is the real deal; how can we possibly explain away his amazing, superhuman abilities? As it turns out, it is much easier than I had previously thought (and I previously thought it would be pretty darn easy). Continue reading…
By Christopher Thielen on August 19, 2013 | Discuss
Robin, Tom, Colin, and Chris discuss the recent legal trouble over naming a baby ‘Messiah’, review a meta-study of the intelligence of atheists, and dive into the delicate subject of sexual assault and rape allegations in the atheist community.
By Christopher Thielen on August 6, 2013 | Discuss
Chris and Tom sit down to discuss the Foundation Beyond Belief’s humanist service corps initiative ‘Pathfinders’, the continued surprises from Pope Francis, whether a person’s beliefs should be questioned in conversation, and Tom sits down with David Diskin of Camp Quest to discuss the idea of a purposefully secular summer camp for kids.
Tom hosts as Colin Wright, Chris Lazare, and Christopher Thielen discuss whether religion causes action or merely justifies it and the relation this has to crime, as well as a discussion of comedy as a vehicle for atheism and otherwise taboo social criticism.
A study coming out of Georgia State University found that religion might, in fact, help criminals justify their crimes rather than actually deter them from committing the act. The study analyzed 48 serious criminal offenders (robbers, con-artists, drug dealers etc…) from Atlanta. There have been many studies regarding the issue of religion and crime. The results have been pretty inconsistent. In some cases the level of religiosity can actually help deter an individual from committing a crime( victimless crimes) and in other studies there doesn’t really seem to be an effect.