British Humanist Association launches YouTube campaign featuring Stephen Fry

Why Evolution Is True

Reader HaggisForBrains informs me that the British Humanist Association has just launched a YouTube campaign, “that’s humanism,” featuring animated videos narrated by Stephen Fry. HaggisfB adds that there will also be a Facebook and Twi**er campaign.

There are currently four short animated videos, each 2-3 minutes long. And I love Stephen Fry; he’s witty, eloquent, funny as hell, thoroughly atheistic, and has sporadically (and successfully) battled a form of bipolar disorder, about which he’s very open about (as he is about being gay). Plus he loves science and doesn’t put up with woo or crap. What’s not to like?

Here are the four short videos, put up today. It will take you only ten minutes to watch them, and this is a Professor Ceiling Cat recommendation.

“How do we know what is true?” (I like the emphasis on evidence as the only way to know what is…

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Well, movie critic Roger Ebert has spoken: in an essay on his Journal at The Chicago Sun-Times, he’s just compiled a list of his ten greatest films of all time, regardless of era, language, or anything else.  As he says when justifying his choices (do read the piece), “Once any film has ever appeared on my S&S list, I consider it canonized.”

Below are Ebert’s selections; this year he bumped “Dekalog” to keep the list at ten, and made the hideous mistake of replacing it with a film I consider dreadful: “The Tree of Life,” which I reviewed last November and found a pretentious, ponderous, and pointless waste of time.  I cannot reconcile how bad I consider this film with how highly it’s been rated by many critics, including Ebert.  This goes to show (take that, Nick Matzke) that there are no objectively great films. Anyway, here’s Ebert’s…

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