Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Family Tree

At a scientific conference dinner the other night, a young woman named Eliza across the table was describing her family and how on the male side they first came to Australia in the 1700s – her great-etc-grandfather having been transported … Continue reading

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The Ladies, The Atheist, and the Book

A day at home. The sun is shining. < Knock, knock> Two ladies with umbrellas appear at my door. Robin (innocently, looking them up and down): Hello. Are you selling umbrellas? Ladies: No, they’re just for protection. Robin (stalling): I … Continue reading

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Dave Meets God

A Dave Allen classic on YouTube relates the story of Allen’s first encounter with The Church as a four year old boy. I have written before that if your starting point is reality, you’ll never derive the concept of God. … Continue reading

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Divine Approval of Atheism!

I was reading my pre-release copy of The Australian Book of Atheism on a plane flight on Wednesday when I noticed that verily had the plane become quite dark: except for a single bright beam of light, shining down upon … Continue reading

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Science Saved My Soul

This excellent video on YouTube by “philhellenes” really concretises Douglas Adams’ sentiment (reprinted in The Salmon of Doubt) when describing his reaction to realising the explanatory power of evolutionary biology: It was a concept of such stunning simplicity, but it gave rise, … Continue reading

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