An Atheist Walks Into an Ashram…

I recently had the opportunity to do something I would have never done on my own: Visit a Hindu temple to participate in a full moon fire ceremony. Our group arrived early to Haidakhandi Universal Ashram in the midst of a crisp, cheery morning. A friendly woman with fair skin and light hair, who looked …

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An Evening With Richard Dawkins

Thanks to Member Robyn Baxendale for sharing this awesome experience with us. An Evening with Richard Dawkins (aka the best night of my life!) by Robyn Baxendale It all started with some random guy handing me his parking pass, score! My daughter Lindsay and I then proceeded to walk along Pearl Street Mall in Boulder …

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DURANGO SKEPTICS AND ATHEIST NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2017

  Next general meeting: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main St. Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30   The discussion topic for this month: AI (Artificial Intelligence) Computerized ‘personal assistants’, androids, machines that learn to play chess and Go, IBM’s Watson, Microsoft’s Tay, self-driving cars and …

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Skeptics and Atheists of Durango NOVEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

  Next general meeting: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30   The discussion topic for this month: Group Co-Founder Kathleen O’Conner will make a presentation regarding the First Amendment and the separation of church and state…when it’s followed and …

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“You Will Never Change My Decision.”

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Those were the words I read from a “thinking MOM’s”  blog who has decided that she will not be vaccinating her five children. Ever.

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I always knew there was an “anti-vaccination” presence out there on the “Internets”. I honestly never bothered with them. That is, until a link showed up on my Facebook page, placed there by a friend. I was curious. I checked it out. I read from some of her links and several of her pages. I read some of the articles she recommended by other Moms that, like her, have decided not to vaccinate their children.

And then I got depressed.

The misinformation presented on these websites is voluminous. It would be somewhat humorous if it wasn’t also so dangerous. Statements are made as “fact” without any corroborating data to back them up.  Assertions are presented that are just plain false.

Here’s just one example from an anti-vaccine…

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ON FAITH……..

  The topic of faith among those who are religious has always been an interesting subject to me- one that I would welcome further exploration and discussion of but for now, I just had to share the words of a good friend who so accurately identified the myriad of problems with faith. Thanks to Tony …

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Follow-up Links from Alternative Medicine Member Talk

For those of you whom attended our most recent Member's Talk on alternative medicine and for those who didn't attend but really, really wanted to, here are the links Joyce mentioned during her most excellent presentation. Also included are some of her book recommendations. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC MEMBER TALK REFERNCES AND INTERESTING SITES …

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Psychic Predictions-2013

  So I thought it would be interesting to make note of some of the predictions that a few psychics made for this coming year. Of course, at the end of the year, we will return to the list and see how well said psychics did. Here are some of the 2013 predictions (cue eerie music..........) …

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“Alien Apocalypse 2012”

Well, it was only a matter of time. Seems some believers  in Mayan End of the World Doomsday predictions  have gone ahead and added a sprinkle of "alien" into the mix. Apparently, a mountain in Bugarach, France has long been thought by some to be a safehouse for alien visitors. New Agers are now claiming …

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Recap From the Reason Rally

Here is a wonderful recap from the Reason Rally created by The Thinking Atheist.  If you haven't checked out his website or YouTube page, I highly suggest doing so. Also, a shout out to DSA member, UnusedGreyMatter for his posts on this amazing event (that I am extremely bummed about missing, damnit!).