11 Atheist & Skeptical Youtube Channels You Need to Watch

A not-so-long time ago in a place not-so-far away from here, I was digging into my Bible with ferocity in hopes to dissuade my insidious doubts about the faith to which I had dedicated my life. At the time, I only had believers around me to help me think through my concerns, but that just wasn’t enough. I also wanted to hear other perspectives and open myself up to the (frightening) possibility that I’d been mistaken all my life. Not knowing anyone helpful in this regard, I turned to the internet and its gigantic population.

Until I started this search for truth, I  never truly appreciated Youtube as a meeting place for ideas, learning and debate. It may have the least mature comments sections on the internet, but much of the content I found was just what I needed to start my brain churning.

There are so many amazing atheists and skeptics on youtube that this list seems almost trivial. I haven’t even named the great scientists and learning channels I’ve found (perhaps that will come at a later date). Even so, I want you to enjoy these users and let them know if you appreciate the hard work they’ve put into their videos. Perhaps one of you also wants that little push to question and examine your beliefs. This list is a good place to start!

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God’s Justice is Crap

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salvation in stick figures!

A commenter on my post about Sexism in the Bible slipped this into her comment:

God is good and just. It’s not what nonbeliever [sic] consider just. Their just [sic] is more to satisfy themselves. Really think about it, it is.

I hate to start out with an “Am not!” “Are too!” routine, but I just can’t help myself. I would like to hear examples about how secular justice is selfish. Most of the accusations from Christians state that atheists don’t believe in God because we’re sin addicts and can’t handle being accountable for our actions. Not only is this insulting and ignorant, but also delightfully ironic!

Selfishness and Consequences

I propose that God’s “justice” is extremely selfish and perfectly illustrates the desire to not be accountable for one’s actions. Not only that, but hey, it’s  ridiculous. How “just” and “good” is it that someone is able to wreak any amount of pain, harm, havoc, or evil upon the earth and their fellow humans, apologize for it and feel regret, and then instantly be free of any consequences for that action? It may be nice, but it’s not justice.

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December 28, 2010  |  Christianity, god, religion, society, videos  |  31 Comments

It Looks Like You’re Writing a Logical Fallacy

Dealing with dimwitted debate? I decided to make something that might come in handy.

Logical Fallacy Clippy

What are logical fallacies?

Here are a few helpful resources for improving your (and my!) writing.

The straw man fallacy is when you misrepresent someone else’s position so that it can be attacked more easily, knock down that misrepresented position, then conclude that the original position has been demolished. It’s a fallacy because it fails to deal with the actual arguments that have been made.

“To be an atheist, you have to believe with absolute certainty that there is no God. In order to convince yourself with absolute certainty, you must examine all the Universe and all the places where God could possibly be. Since you obviously haven’t, your position is indefensible.”

The above straw man argument appears at about once a week on the net. If you can’t see what’s wrong with it, read the “Introduction to Atheism” document.

—“Atheism: Logic & Fallacies,” Infidels.org

Also because, as stated above, there is a tendency to start with desired conclusions and then construct arguments to support them, many people will happily draw upon logical fallacies to make their arguments. In fact, if a conclusion is not true one must either employ a false premise or a logical fallacy in order to construct an argument that leads to that conclusion. Remember, a sound argument (one with true premises and valid logic) cannot lead to a false conclusion. So in order to avoid using logical fallacies to construct invalid arguments, we need to understand how to identify fallacious logic.

—“How to Argue,” Steven Novella, MD

It is particularly easy to slip up and commit a fallacy when you have strong feelings about your topic—if a conclusion seems obvious to you, you’re more likely to just assume that it is true and to be careless with your evidence.

—UNC “Fallacies” handout

Worshiping Science?

Just last night, a fundamentalist twitter user made the collective eyes of atheists roll by saying Atheism was a religion, dodging all responses to the contrary (why would we expect anything more?). She then dived right into a silly round of, “So why are there different kinds of flowers, huh? How did stars form? Explain that!” Oh the amusement.

When I saw this comic strip, it made me think of all the times atheists have been accused of worshiping science and using it as a religion. Clearly, some folks have their English dictionaries on layaway. Let’s clear it up, shall we?

science worship?

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(HT @daisiesandshit)

December 27, 2010  |  religion, science and skepticism  |  7 Comments