What kind of megachurch?

The atheist movement, in my mind, was waning if not dying.

I’m not saying that atheists are growing fewer. I’m saying that the atheist movement as heralded and led by the four horsemen seemed to be in decline, thanks to lots of infighting and disagreement on different topics.

But apparently, the atheist movement is thriving and building up atheist megachurches.

Seriously?

Foul. Foul. Foul.

I get that people want to join likeminded people and give each other verbal reach arounds, but in megachurch-style spaces?

Non-belief overtook the Internet. Isn’t that mega enough, atheists?

Read about it here.

Comedians Driving in Cars Getting Coffee

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 9.55.56 AMWhat feels like ions ago, I saw someone post one of these videos from Jerry Seinfeld called, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” 

At the time, I feel I was too busy to care.

Yesterday, someone posted one and Tina and I spent 2 hours going through several episodes. And we’re glad we did.

They are funny. Interesting. Informative. Entertaining. I would watch the series for the cars alone.

For instance, in the Chris Rock episode, Jerry drives a Lamborghini Miura, can’t remember the year. But it is stunning.

In the David Letterman episode, he drives a Volvo stationwagon outfitted with a Mustang engine.

In the Larry David episode, it’s a Volkswagen Beetle with little orange arms that pop out as turn indicators.

My favorite episodes that we watched were Sarah Silverman, whom I have a crush on the size of a rock hard, erhm, well, you know. I also recommend David Letterman and Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin is way funnier in person than I would have imagined. And there’s a scene in David Letterman in which Jerry and he are getting out of the car to go into the coffee shop, when two strangers pass behind them. Jerry then David riff with them and it’s very funny.

They are well photographed and edited using natural light and simple techniques. Love it.

Go check it out.

 

 

Sam Harris and the fireplace delustion

This argument is akin to the response to people to say things like, “When I was growing up, we didn’t need helmets when we rode our bikes.” Or “When I was growing up, there wasn’t ‘organic.'”

The argument is, as I said recently, a fart in the wind,

But it’s actually more solid than some might think.

Here’s my favorite lines:

Here is what we know from a scientific point of view: There is no amount of wood smoke that is good to breathe. It is at least as bad for you as cigarette smoke, and probably much worse. (One study found it to be 30 times more potent a carcinogen.) The smoke from an ordinary wood fire contains hundreds of compounds known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, and irritating to the respiratory system. Most of the particles generated by burning wood are smaller than one micron—a size believed to be most damaging to our lungs. In fact, these particles are so fine that they can evade our mucociliary defenses and travel directly into the bloodstream, posing a risk to the heart. Particles this size also resist gravitational settling, remaining airborne for weeks at a time.

Mind you, Sam Harris is a liberal, commie atheist.

So all arguments from him must be completely inaccurate and wrong.

Right?