Tag: atheist

A Toast to Hitchens

I woke up to the news that Christopher Hitchens has died. Well, that sucks. Controversial and ornery though he could be, he was also a superb writer, thinker, and pusher-of-boundaries. So, in his honor, I’ve dug up an old post…

Skeptic Confessions

I have so many things I *have* to write, but I find it hard to just get started. So here’s something rather whimsical and personal and free-form to start… the journey of just one little skeptic. I am skeptical because…

A Very Brief History of Christmas

I love Christmastime.  I love the lights, the trees, the gift-giving, the hot chocolate by the fire… okay, I don’t have a fireplace anymore. For as much as I complain about cold and snow, less a problem now that I…

My beefs with my ex-religion

For an atheist, I tend not to talk much about religious matters anymore.  When I first came “out” as an atheist, it was an interesting topic of discussion for me, but I quickly bored of it. Still no evidence for…

Where’s Nicole?

I’m still around. Promise! The last few weeks have been super busy with travel, being sick, and work. Coming up in the next few weeks are my thesis committee meeting, a regional conference for my grant, a bellydance workshop, and…

This weekend's tidbits…

A few fun, fantastic, and important things of note from the weekend: Duck! An asteroid is going to come whizzing by, as the Bad Astronomer points out. Okay, it’s not coming dangerously close, but astronomers are getting better at detecting…

Purity in Religion?

Last week at the meeting of the Virginia Atheists and Agnostics, we had a fascinating talk by Chris Bell, titled “When are Tibetans not Buddhist?” Chris is working on a Ph.D in religious studies with a focus on, of course,…

An invitation…

I got this message in my YouTube inbox the other day, probably in response to my old and only video in response to the Blasphemy Challenge (no I won’t link to it, I hate myself on video!) Just saying… Jesus…