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Astronomy Movies

Origins: Nova

How the earth was made

If we had no moon

Hyperspace

National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe

History Channel TV Series: The Universe

Microcosmos

Biology Movies

Genesis

Miracle Planet

Walking with Monsters

Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Beasts

Walking with Cavemen

Ape to Man

Journey of Man

History Movies

Slavery and the making of America

300 (The Battle of Thermopylae)

Last Stand of the 300 (The Battle of Thermopylae - different version)

Engineering an Empire

Christian Movies

The Ten Commandments starring Charleton Heston
(No, really. This is a great movie)

Islamic Movies

The Stoning of Soraya M
(best viewed on an empty stomach)

Atheist Movies

Religulous
(starring that wacky Bill Maher)

Agora
(Christianity plunges humanity into 16 centuries of darkness)

The God Who Wasn't There
(scholars examine biblical evidence)

A Rough History of Disbelief
("Rough" was an understatement)

The Golden Compass
(Intense pressure by Christians
forced the cancellation of the last 2 parts of the trilogy)


NOTE: All book reviews are 1 page long



All The Presidents' Bankers (Nomi Prins)
A

Death From The Skies (Phil Plait)
A

The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
A

The Atheist Camel Chronicles (Dromedary Hump)
A

Beyond Outrage (Robert Reich)
A

QED: The Strange Theory Of Light And Matter (Richard Feynman)
A

Atheist Manifesto (Michel Onfray)
A

god Is Not Great (Christopher Hitchens)
A

Unnatural Acts (Robert Carroll)
A

Letter To A Christian Nation (Sam Harris)
A

An Objectivist Secular Reader (many essay authors)
A

The Greatest Show On Earth (Richard Dawkins)
A

God: The Failed Hypothesis (Victor Stenger)
A

The Counter-Creationism Handbook (Mark Isaak)
A

Becoming A Critical Thinker (Robert Carroll)
A

The Better Angels Of Our Nature (Steven Pinker)
A

One Nation Under God (Kevin Kruse)
A-

Nonbeliever Nation (David Niose)
A-

Kingdom Coming (Michelle Goldberg)
A-

Why People Believe Weird Things (Michael Shermer)
A-

Fads And Fallacies (Martin Gardner)
A-

The Demon-Haunted World (Carl Sagan)
A-

A 21st Century Rationalist In Medieval America (John Bice)
A-

The Armageddon Factor (Marci McDonald)
B+

The Family (Jeff Sharlet)
B+

The Encyclopedia Of Claims, Frauds, And Hoaxes (James Randi)
B+

Doubt (Jennifer Hecht)
B+

Atheists (Bruce Hunsberger & Bob Altemeyer)
C-

The Koran (Allah)
F

The Bible (Yahweh)
F

Of all these books, the one that is most likely
to convince you to become an atheist, is by far ...

the last one

Let's Have Some Fun!


4/23/15

In an effort to modernize American education and make it more relevant,
here is the new curriculum for political science majors at all major Universities:

New undergrad required courses:
Fundraising
Hiding money obtained from fundraising
Avoiding taxes resulting from fundraising
Remaining anonymous in conflict of interest cases
Avoiding direct questions from the press
Avoiding direct questions from your spouse
Kissing Babies
Kissing Ass

New Graduate-level courses include:
Advanced fundraising techniques (or how to cultivate The Rich)
Advanced avoidance techniques when dealing with the press
Hiding Affairs
Hiding Bodies
When and how to "Lawyer Up"
Fundraising while incarcerated
Tax loopholes for the imprisoned
Restarting your career


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2/27/15

Make sure you follow some of the links in this story
so you can see more puzzles.

This went viral on the internet

Try to force your mind to see these illusions
the way others do (not an easy task)

The only puzzle where I was finally able to do that
was the one with the spinning girl ...
and that was quite hard to do.


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7/21/14

Okay - let's take a break from battling bad guys

and watch this cool illusion (1:45)


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2014

Want a chance to change the world?
Like to play video games?

Do both simultaneously.

Join the legions at "EteRNA

YOU ... just might be "The One"

(I peaked at #252 before quitting in Sep 2014.
Last time I checked - I had dropped to #352 ...
That's out of about 100,000 players)

UPDATE

Want another chance to change the world?

Maybe biology isn't really your thing ...

but you get turned on by astronomy?


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10/20/11

Okay - time to relax and have some fun

Nova interactive crossword puzzle

(if you don't know an answer, click "solve")


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Interesting Things


2/27/15

This web site ranks America in many different areas.
For the richest country on Earth (by far) ...

we didn't do as well as one might expect

With our wealth, there is no excuse for America
not to be near the top in everything;
and if we could ever bring the Plutocrats under control ...

we could probably would be


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1/24/14

The largest animals of all-time (3:50)




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6/11

From 1 Timothy 6:10
"For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after,
they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
"

So what does science have to say about that?

This ...



Einstein stopped too soon - he should have kept going.
He recognized that energy and mass were related.
But had he continued his analysis
he would have also proved a great ancient truth ...

Transposing, and then dividing both sides of the equation by "M":
C2 = E / M

Then taking the square root of both sides of the equation:
C = √E / M

And finally, translating the equation into English, yields:
"C"hristianity teaches = the "Root" of all "E"vil is "M"oney

(I'd say the Christians got that one right)


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DRUMROLL PLEASE!
THE BEST SCIENCE NEWS STORY OF 2011 ...
WAIT ...
THE BEST SCIENCE NEWS STORY OF THE 21st CENTURY, IS ...

Religious experiences shrink the brain

We needed science to tell us that?
Didn't most of us already have that one figured out?


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Religious Tunes


11/3/15

I would like to dedicate this song to all you Muslim Apologists out there

in the "Regressive Left" (2:42)



Like the man said ... piss off


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4/3/15

The infallible and scientifically accurate Koran (2:51)




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1/16/13

God will fuck you up

(2:03)




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12/9/12

Religious fundamentalists strive to divide us into warring tribes.
But music, love, and toleration are uniting us

(4:00)



I didn't see thousands of different people in this video -
I saw thousands of different versions of the most incredible creature
the world has ever seen.


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10/2/12

This Land Is Mine ... sung by Andy Williams (3:32)




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6/6/12

So, one of the most dishonest men in America
has found the answer to our financial woes:

People Are On Welfare Because They Don't Read Their Bibles

Why did Barton make a claim
that could be easily disproven by any middle school student?

Because he knows the 'Flock' well.
People who are capable of believing that the sun froze in the sky for one day
are capable of believing anything you tell them.

Click on David Barton's picture below.
If ever a song were written with one special person in mind ... this is it.

(2:34)



Even Jesus pukes when He hears David Barton's name.


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5/9/12

Jesus's Gay Marriage sing-a-long (2:06)




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1/10/12

Rapping for Jesus

(4:04)




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4/29/10

Pope Benedict becomes the first Pope since the Middle Ages to "retire"

(2:18)



I might have bought into the retirement story ...
if not for the 180-degree turnaround by the new Pope
(Benedict was fired)


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2/2/07





LYRICS

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

John Lennon was murdered by born-again Christian Mark David Chapman


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Other Tunes


12/22/14

Twinkle, twinkle little star (2:09)




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7/15/14

Weird Al Yankovic

(3:46)

Word Crimes


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12/12/13

On this special day, let us give thanks to those who most deserve it.




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9/27/13

"Amazing Science"
as sung by Jaclyn Glenn
to the tune of "Amazing Grace" (6:01)



If you liked that one, you'll probably like her rendition of ...

"America The Beautiful" (3:50)


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