I am an independent researcher and writer, with an interest in science, critical thinking, and skepticism. I studied journalism and philosophy at Southern Oregon University.

Movie Review: “The Imitation Game”

  The British mathematician Andrew Hodges is the author of the 1983 book Alan Turing: The Enigma, the acclaimed biography of the titular pioneer in computational mathematics and artificial intelligence. The biography is both the inspiration for director Morten Tyldum’s 2014 movie The Imitation Game and the primary source material from which screenwriter Graham Moore derived his Academy Award-winning script. […]

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Is Science Making the Case for God? A Response to Eric Metaxas

The Wall Street Journal recently published an online opinion piece with the headline “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” In the article, author Eric Metaxas emphasizes the improbability of human beings not only coming into existence, but also becoming aware of our existence and of the universe in which we find ourselves. According to Metaxas, the odds against the […]

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No, Memory is Not Magic

In a recent article posted on Evolution News and Views, the misleadingly-titled blog of the Discovery Institute (an anti-evolution think tank of the Intelligent Design movement), we find a neurosurgeon actually putting forth the bizarre and demonstrably false claim that the human brain does not and cannot store memory. The author, one Michael Egnor, titles his article “Recalling Nana’s Face: […]

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The Elusive Giants of Ancient Arkansas

In a recent news headline written for Fort Smith, Arkansas’ 5 News Online, reporter Aubry Killion credulously declares, “Diver Finds Evidence Showing Giants Lived in Arkansas.” The headline is as sensational as it is factually incorrect. The diver in question, Mike Young of Fort Smith, did not actually find any evidence corroborating his extraordinary claim that giants once lived in […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (5): Biblical Pornography

The wild popularity of the Left Behind series demonstrates the extent to which evangelical culture has become proficient and competent in adopting secular standards to dramatize the Christian message. This is made all the more fascinating when one considers the extremely literalist standpoint with regard to theological doctrine that the authors of the series assert and from which the storyline and concept is derived.

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (4): Left Behind 2000 Years Ago

[M]ainstream “orthodox” Christians ironically criticize preachers like Harold Camping (who predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would occur on May 21, 2011) and fringe denominations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses for doing exactly what Jesus himself did, namely setting dates for end-times that never happen at the promised time. Why is it that Jesus’ own words debunk Christianity in the same way and for the same reason?

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (3): Tribulation Farce

“You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he knows your name / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s counting on your shame / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s master of the game / You must be certain of the Devil right now.” ~ Diamanda Galás, ‘You Must Be Certain of the Devil’ (1988) In the Left Behind series, […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (2): The Characters

The Protagonists The first book in the Left Behind series introduces the four primary characters who form the inner core group. Rayford Steele is a well-to-do, upper-class, all-American airline pilot. His nineteen-year-old daughter Chloe Steele is a college student and a natural-born skeptic of religion and supernatural phenomena. Cameron “Buck” Williams is an award-winning, globe-trotting journalist. Bruce Barnes is an […]

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