It is impossible in the modern world to shield everyone from nonsense and stupidity. What we can do is provide the tools, through our educational system, for people to be able to tell sense from nonsense. These tools include the scientific method, skeptical questioning, empirical evidence, verifying sources, etc.
you don’t even need to make fun of republicans they do it for you
What I got from this is that whoever runs the GOPTeens handle thinks sex is like Voldemort.
Let Books Be Books – a heartening and culturally necessary campaign asking publishers to stop the gender-priming by taking the “for boys” and “for girls” labels off of children’s books.
For some brilliant and prescient meta-commentary on the cultural problem in question, see a New Yorker cartoonist’s vintage gem I’m Glad I’m A Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!
As an atheist, I, like many, was a little miffed by Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Big Think video, but he makes some very good points in this podcast. I don’t agree with everything he says, but I do agree with a lot of it.
One point is that he refuses to call himself an atheist because it causes people to ascribe ideas and mentalities to him that aren’t his. He doesn’t want to be claimed by the movement. A lot of atheists may call bullshit on this, that all it means to be atheist is to not believe in God, but I understand his view. Yes, atheists have all sorts of different views and beliefs, but there IS an Atheist movement, and I use the capital ‘A’ when talking about the movement specifically. I’m tired of atheists who claim there is no ‘capital A’ Atheism. It’s now formed into an ideology, one that people are active behind. There is a set of principles, ideas, talking points that have been created within the movement. People in the Atheist community tend to exist in an echo chamber, constantly batting the same ideas back and forth. When asked which books to read, popular atheist bloggers will always recommend the same books by Hitchens, Harris, and Dawkins. There IS a collective way that the Atheist movement/community thinks and talks about issues, and if you stray from that, you don’t fit into the Atheist mold. This is the Atheist label that Tyson is rejecting.
He then talks about how he remains unconvinced by any evidence or statements put forth for the claim of a higher power, but he doesn’t like the word “belief,” because it’s not evidence driven. He refuses to say he doesn’t “believe” in God. While many atheists again will scoff, because he’s splitting hairs here, he obviously doesn’t believe! Those people are again ascribing an Atheist (capital A) ideology onto him.
While he says he respects people like Dawkins who are Atheist activists, he has no interest in getting involved with that fight. He is a scientist and educator.
He can label, or not label, himself however he wants.