Ok Go’s “End Love”

For today’s Music Monday, I’m posting the newest video by OK Go. The song itself is pretty good, but I’m posting it because OK Go consistently has some of the best videos around these days.

Oh sugar, oh sugar can’t you see how hard I’m trying?
You know you gotta, you know you gotta eventually make up your mind.
‘Cause no one’s gonna find you when you’re hiding in the dark.
No one’s gonna find you when you’re hiding in the dark.
No one’s gonna find you when you’re hiding in the dark. No one’s gonna find you.

So won’t you, so won’t you talk to me?
It’s time to decide.
‘Cause no one’s gonna save you if you don’t swim for the boat.
No one’s gonna save you if you won’t take the rope.
No one’s gonna find you when you’re hiding in the dark. No one’s gonna find you.

And it’s end love, the sky is falling.

So sugar, so sugar dance with me this one last time.
We got no reason, we got no reason I can see to hold back tonight.
‘Cause no one’s gonna catch you if you can’t just let go.
No one’s gonna love you if you can’t let love show.
No one’s gonna find you when you’re hiding in the dark. No one’s gonna find you.

And it’s end love, and the sky is falling.

Oh sugar, oh sugar can’t you see how hard I’m trying?
You know you gotta, you know you gotta eventually make up your mind.
And it’s end love, the sky is falling.

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Penn & Teller BS: Holier Than Thou

Penn and Teller reveal that Mahatma Ghandi was a racist, Mother Teresa a religious zealot who was happy to see the poor suffer, and that the Dalai Lama is not as squeaky clean as he seems.

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Quote Of The Moment

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.” – Albert “Skippy” Einstein

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Science Friction – Creation

It’s a bit dated in some instances now (such as not being able to take into account the Kitzmiller case), but it’s a very compelling look at the still ongoing debate:

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Just How Deep Is Deep?

There are few things on earth that more impressively show the vastness of what we have yet to discover than the Mariana Trench…

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Why We MUST Unite Against “Blasphemy Laws”

I’ve talked briefly about blasphemy before; but rarely do I come across a good, current, example of how blasphemy laws can negatively affect people. So today when I saw the headline, “Singer Charged Over ‘Cooking Christ’ Spoof“, I thought that this would turn out to be a misleading headline about somebody who committed an actual crime and a bad job of reporting.

Then I noticed the sub-headline: “A popular Spanish singer has been charged with blasphemy for a satirical skit he filmed in 1978 in which he “cooks” a crucifix.” Maybe there was something to this after all; but the timing seems a bit odd.

Musician Javier Krahe faces a fine of £159,000 after stills from the spoof cookery show, which involved baking an effigy of Christ for three days, were shown on television in 2004 during an interview with the star.

Despite the length of time since both the film was made and the interview was aired, Mr Krahe faces prosecution for offending the feelings of a religious group, a little-known article included in the Spanish Penal Code.

Ok, so it’s a comedy skit filmed in 1978…
And clips of it were shown in 2004…
And he’s being charged in 2010?

WOW! Is it just me, or is this just in one more example of the insanity of religion that they prosecute people years, or even decades after creating COMEDY!!! What kind of world do we live in where satire is not protected from ignorant bullies?

While there has been much debate about the use of a specific Blasphemy Day, both for and against; I think it’s fair to say that any rational, free-thinking person would support the right of a satirical work to take a jab at any topic, even religion.

Luckily, there are those in Spain who support Krahe.

The hard line taken against the tongue-in-cheek video has divided opinion in Spain, with many progressive groups calling for the freedom of speech law to be altered to include freedom to blaspheme.

But this “divided opinion” is not good enough. ALL people need to stand up for the most basic of rights. If we are not free to think as we wish and speak our minds, then we are not free. We must protect not only that speech we agree with, but even more importantly we must fight EQUALLY hard for the rights of those we disagree with to speak their minds as well.

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Christopher Hitchens In Depth

I saw Christopher Hitchens this weekend in Washington DC (courtesy of the Center For Inquiry – DC). And while I wait for the video of that to get posted, so I can give my thoughts on the talk in context, I thought I’d share an older, extended, talk he gave on C-SPAN…

Christopher Hitchens joined Book TV for a three hour interview on Sunday, September 2. Mr. Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. He is the author of over a dozen books including “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice,” “No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family,” “Why Orwell Matters” and “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.”

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Introduction to Naturalism

Most people, including many freethinkers, are unaware that notions such as atheism, agnosticism, skepticism and freethought all rely on a set of rules that are described by a particular system of philosophy. This philosophy, known as Naturalism, also describes the underlying logical framework for science itself.

The naturalistic worldview comprises the foundation for the beliefs of one whole faction of the fundamental divide between people on the nature of reality. There are those who don’t believe in the supernatural, and those who do. The key point of difference between naturalists and non-naturalists is the subject of causation (interaction). Naturalists generally ascribe a causal reality to phenomena that are part of the natural world. This causal reality extends to ourselves, with sometimes startling and unintuitive consequences. However, many people who are atheists and freethinkers have not completely accepted the implications of naturalism on certain deeply ingrained culturally-reinforced beliefs such as free-will and consciousness.

But Naturalism goes beyond that. It offers a positive philosophy for atheists and freethinkers to coalesce under. It helps us rise above the denial of god and such things as spirits, ghosts and the supernatural. It gives us an affirmative belief system, one that can provide more meaning and purpose than any religion can.

Naturalism can offer a complete worldview if the principles of naturalism are applied to our lives, to critically examine concepts such as consciousness, ego, self, free-will, love, compassion and perhaps even the meaning of life.

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Quote Of The Moment

The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions, is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble and that is what man needs to be.” – Bill Maher

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Should we “allow” a mosque at Ground Zero

[This post has been moved to Thinking-Critically.com]

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