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Dec 31, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we are honored to bring to you some of our most exciting news of this year! The Appignani Foundation, a leader in science, humanism and education advocacy, is asking you to join them in supporting our growth.  The Appignani Foundation has pledged a $100,000 matching offer for 2013. They …

Merry Edgy Christmas!
Dec 25, 2013

Merry Xmas from the Ghost of Christmas Past (2006). Courtesy of John Brockman, a Christmas card he sent out in 2006. continue to source article at

Merry Christmas! (with German and Polish Translations)
Dec 24, 2013

I have been challenged to wish somebody a Merry Christmas. Why on Earth would I not?  German and Polish translations. When I was Sub-Warden of New College, Oxford, I happily intoned “Benedictus benedicat”  at dinner, on much the same grounds as the late, great philosopher Sir Alfred Ayer: “I will not utter falsehoods but I have …

Adversarial Journalism and The Selfish Gene
Dec 6, 2013

I have been asked to respond to an article by David Dobbs called ‘Die, selfish gene, die’[1]. It’s a fluent piece of writing featuring some interesting biological observations, but it’s fatally marred: infected by an all-too-common journalistic tendency, the adversarial urge to (presumably) boost circulation and harvest clicks by pretending to be controversial. You have a topic …

Meet the Amazing TAMers: DJ Grothe (All parts)
Nov 18, 2013

Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science interviews speakers from TAM 2013 presented by the James Randi Educational Foundation. D.J. Grothe- He is President of the James Randi Educational Foundation.  He has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of education, science and belief at universities such …

Consensus? Entangled Bank – ExCel London – Nov 16,2013 – Science Talks
Nov 15, 2013

On 16 November 2013 ExCel London will host Richard Dawkins, psychologist Richard Wiseman, and palaeontologist Richard Fortey, joined by the extraordinary hirsute polymath and comedian Bill Bailey. Hosted by Quentin Cooper, former presenter of Radio 4's Material World, the whole-day event comprises individual talks followed by a group discussion entitled 'Evolution, the Meaning of Life, and …

Meet the Amazing TAMers: Karen Stollznow Part 2
Nov 12, 2013

Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science interviews speakers from TAM 2013 presented by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Buy Karen Stollznow's book "God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States" here: http://bit.ly/16mSTWC JREF: http://www.randi.org Questions provided by the Mile High Sanity Project: http://www.milehighsanityproject.com …

Update – Part 2 — Meet the Amazing TAMers: Peter Boghossian Part 1
Oct 30, 2013

Both parts 1 and 2 now have English subtitles for those who would like to turn those on.  These are not the YouTube auto-captions, rather a transcription so that the grammer and wording is clear. Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for reason and Science interviews speakers from TAM 2013 …

Warum wir (an Gott) glauben / why we believe in gods
Oct 28, 2013

Now available in German! Der Mensch ist Gottes Schöpfung? – Nein, sagt dieses Buch: Der Mensch hat sich die Götter geschaffen! ​Eine kurze und präzise, leicht lesbare Einführung in die Wissenschaft der Religion   Elegant und klar argumentiert   Ideal zum schnellen Einlesen, als Grundlage für ernsthafte Diskussionen im Spannungsfeld Religion/Wissenschaft – und für das eigene Nachdenken    …

Meet the Amazing TAMers -James Randi
Oct 24, 2013

Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science interviews speakers from TAM 2013 presented by the James Randi Educational Foundation Questions provided by the Mile High Sanity Project Editing by Stage 2 A/V Productions Produced by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Note that you can choose …

Science, Evidently, Was in His Genes Richard Dawkins’s ‘Appetite for Wonder,’ a Memoir | NYTimes.com
Sep 19, 2013

“An Appetite for Wonder” is only the first half of Richard Dawkins’s projected two-volume memoir about his life in science. With typical unsentimental pragmatism, he notes that “the companion volume should follow in two years — if I am not carried off by the unpredictable equivalent of a sneeze.” No one will ever accuse this …

Dawkins on His Memoir, Pedophilia, and Twitter | Daily Intelligencer
Sep 19, 2013

In his first book, 1976’s The Selfish Gene, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” for cultural ideas that spread and mutate like genes. Thirty years later he published The God Delusion, a persuasive polemic for atheism that conferred on him the status of public intellectual. By then the term “meme” had itself become a …