Metro State Atheists

Promoting Science, Reason, and Secular Values

Atheist Don’t Exist

Well, if I don’t exist, then I hardly see why I should be held accountable for my actions.

– Chalmer


January 28, 2009 Posted by | Blurb | 3 Comments

A Treatise of Human Nature, by David Hume

A Treatise of Human Nature, by David Hume

David Hume is one of many great enlightenment philosophers.  Hume is a bit long winded, and hard to read, but you’ll be happy you did.

January 28, 2009 Posted by | Epistemology, philosophy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science In The News: Jan 28, 2009


Natural Selection Not The Only Porcess That Drives Evolution?

“The researchers identified fast evolving human genes by comparing our genome with those of other primates. However, surprisingly, the patterns of molecular evolution in many of the genes they found did not contain signals of natural selection. Instead, their evidence suggests that a separate process known as BGC (biased gene conversion) has speeded up the rate of evolution in certain genes. This process increases the rate at which certain mutations spread through a population, regardless of whether they are beneficial or harmful.”

January 28, 2009 Posted by | evolution, News, science | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One More Book Reccomendation

Check out The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi.  The book is a witty, entertaining, creative, and fresh science fiction novel.  I’m reading now for the third time, and laughing just as much as I did the first time.  Its characters are as endearing as its plot is rich.  This is what some reviewers think.

“What I liked about The Android’s Dream, apart from the engaging characters and action that are a hallmark of the author’s work, was the way it all built up to its punchline… I’m convinced that this book was written from the punch line backwards to the beginning, which is the only way all the disparate elements could have tied together so well at the end.” — Ernest Lilley,

“[A] swashbuckling satire of interstellar diplomacy… With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Check our the first link to read more reviews, or visit Scalzi’s entertaining blog at

– Chalmer

January 28, 2009 Posted by | Books, Humor, Satire, Scientology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

Sorry, is you want the punchline you’ll have to check out Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes.  It is a book by Thomas Wilson Cathcar and Daniel Martin Klein.  I was flopping through it in the book store yesterday an liked what I saw.

– Chalmer

January 28, 2009 Posted by | Books, Humor, philosophy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment