Wired magazine published a great article on the almost-evangelical athiests, Battle of the New Atheism, asking whether they are a good thing for the atheist/agnostic/freethinker cause. The militant atheists can be quite off-putting, and it’s nice to see this topic get some light outside of the typical religious and philosophical resources.
Also, Reason Magazine has some nice commentary and discussion of the article.
Sam Harris has a new essay up on what should we rely upon to make good decisions about doing the right thing. And he closes with this bit of wisdom:
Wherever the issue of “moral values” surfaces in our national conversation in the coming weeks, ask yourself which approach to morality is operating. Are we talking about how to best alleviate human suffering? Or are we talking about the whims of an invisible God?
Head over to the link listed above, as he actually makes some very good points about how we decide right and wrong.
It’s been all seriousness over here at Walkawayers.org, so here’s a bit of fun. Remember those awful, trite Chick Tracts? Here’s a very funny look at why you should accept Cthulhu as your Lord: Who Will Be Eaten First?
The Guardian reports that:
A missing notebook clutched by a Shropshire lad who circumnavigated the globe, returned to Britain, and demolished the Victorian hubris that humans stood alone as the pinnacle of creation, is published for the first time today.
The notebook, along with all of Darwin’s works, are now available free for online browsing and free download, including other notebooks, diaries, and previously unpublished manuscripts.