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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Brilliant optical illusions

I came across these at Mighty Optical Illusions and must admit that I absolutely love them!

By just reversing the colours, they create the illusion of animation.

It just goes to show that it's pretty easy to completely screw with human perception.

A handful of comics

Captain Disillusion gets a helping hand from James Randi

Captain Disillusion, superhero/digital hoaxbuster comes up against a brick wall. Finding no digital trickery in the panrty ghost video, he almost hangs up his coat, but he is magically transported into the Isaac Asimov library at the James Randi Educational Foundation, where Randi shows CD that spurious videos don't always have to be digitally manipulated. Trap doors, air pressure and good old fashion humbug set CD back on the right path.

There's also quite a hat-tip to 'The Amazing Meeting', a 3 day skeptic conference in Las Vegas. We won't be going this year, but we have sent some minions to spread the aussie charm.

Enjoy the video and look out for episode 2!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Discovery" Institute Caught Illegally Censoring Videos

Evolutionary Perspectives

A selection of comics, cartoons and funnies

Dawkins on Darwin (with Q&A)

Professor Richard Dawkins delivered this year's Open University lecture at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday 17th March 2009. Dawkins presented to an invited audience and investigated if Darwin was the most revolutionary scientist ever, and examined the evolutionary theories of his contemporaries. Dawkins suggests that there are four "bridges to evolutionary understanding" and illustrates this with four claimants to the evolution of natural selection: Edward Blyth, Patrick Matthew, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin. The fifth bridge of evolutionary understanding is identified as modern genetics which he terms digital Darwinism.

Via Atheist Media Blog

Friday, June 12, 2009

Baby-Eating Catholic Veloceraptor

I am proud to say that this is perhaps the greatest title for a blog post I have ever written.
It has everything!
And they say atheists eat babies, peh!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Child Witches: Accused in the Name of Jesus

Shocking account of exorcism rituals in African evangelical churches where children are convicted of practicing witchcraft.

This is what is wrong with religion.

This will happen when people believe.

The happy-clappy church around the corner from you is giving legitimacy to this kind of horrible belief system. The churches should all be up in arms against this kind of thing and do what they can to abolish it.

But even in Western Sydney, Mercy Ministries have been performing exorcisms on young women with mental health problems and eating disorders. Is that so different?

Please be advised, these videos contain footage of child abuse and disturbing imagery.

Betty Bowers on Marriage

Betty Bowers, America's best Christian, does her best to straighten out some of the misconceptions and mistaken beliefs about traditional bible-based marriage.

Ed Current's War on Atheism: Science is the dumbest religion!

James Randi on the Carlos Hoax

Pat Condell on the Stupidity of Gods

Wednesday, June 3, 2009