Archive for December 4th, 2010

Citizen-Googling? You Can't Be Serious.

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | December 4, 2010 5:47 pm

Chris has already explained how Republican House science committee member Adrian Smith is calling on the public to search through government research grants helping to “identify grants that are wasteful or [not] a good use of taxpayer dollars.” I have another suggestion: Let’s place everyday citizens behind surgeons shoulders to advise doctors on where to cut, with the authority to stop the procedure when they disagree. Nonsense right? Smith’s “YOUCUT” is just as ridiculous.

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As Alice once said, “It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change.”

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The Future of Atheism: Beyond the Question of God

By Chris Mooney | December 4, 2010 12:18 pm

My latest Point of Inquiry episode just went up. Here’s the description:

Recently at Pomona College in California, three atheists—one of them a Point of Inquiry host—got together to debate the future of the movement.

And some sparks flew.

Topics raised included the rise of the so-called “nones” (those professing “no religion” in surveys), the lack of representation for atheists in the U.S. Congress, and the debate between moderate or “live-and-let-live” atheism as opposed to a louder and more aggressive version.

Despite their disagreement, it was clear that it’s an exciting time for the movement, as atheism becomes more visible in American life. Where do we go from here?

The students in the packed audience have that in their hands.

Panel participants were:

David Silverman, president of American Atheists. Mr. Silverman attended Brandeis University and specialized in computer science; he worked as an inventor at Bell Labs for 8 years. He then served at American Atheists as national spokesperson, vice president, and finally president, a post he assumed this year.

Hemant Mehta writes the “Friendly Atheist” blog and serves on the board of directors of the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Student Alliance. He has also appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and is author of the book I Sold My Soul on eBay, released in 2007.

Chris Mooney
is a host of Point of Inquiry.

Again, you can listen here.

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