xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read.
Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.
A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012…
There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.
Please stop suggesting books that are JUST about atheism.
Dear popular atheist bloggers,
Whenever I see you respond to ‘asks’ that question what books to read about atheism, the responses are always the same: The God Delusion, The End of Faith, etc etc. Please stop. Yes, men like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have helped a lot of people come to atheism, but we have reached a point where we need to move past them. They are privileged white men who continuously show their ignorance on real matters of social justice, feminism, racism, and humanism. Their argument is “religion=bad” and anything beyond that is apparently outside their understanding. If you do suggest a Dawkins book, it should come with a disclaimer that says “This book is a useful tool for atheism, but this man is a misogynistic ass, do NOT idolize him or hold him up on a moral pedestal.” Because he is no longer a friend to the humanist movement and the atheist community, and he only hurts humanistic progress.
While there has been a growing frustration within the atheist community that men like Dawkins are still the perceived voice of the movement, there has been no clear voice to replace him. A good first step is for prominent atheists to stop promoting him. Please stop.
If someone asks you what books to read about atheism, don’t just suggest books explicitly about atheism. As a primer, yes they can be useful. But also suggest books about humanity, books with different perspectives, books about history, culture, sociology, anthropology, books about social justice, about varying experiences. Suggest books that give insight into how and why we are who we are, and how we can progress as a people. Suggest books that span beyond the common and collective Atheist Movement Thought.
Our goal should not be to cultivate better atheists, but to cultivate better people, and writers like Dawkins fail miserably at this. Suggest something else. Please.
A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”
Does anyone else have the horroble fear that some day they’ll suddenly hate the taste of water?