Thursday, April 17, 2014
 

atheist_nexus_logoFriends,

It has been more than a year since I wrote to you about the organizational progress of Atheist Nexus. This was primarily due to my waiting for our previously discussed projects to be fulfilled. I am happy to report that many of our goals have been accomplished, but we have barely scratched the surface.

Where We Stand

As I write this, we have nearly 23,000 active members. On top of that, there are a few hundred thousand individuals who visit Atheist Nexus regularly who have not joined. We are also more diverse than ever before. We have hundreds of members in all 50 United States and member representation in every country of the world. Our subgroups now total 850+. These include numerous “official” groups for local and international organizations.

Read more: A message from the founder of Atheist Nexus

St. Paul, Minn. — Bright Ideas host Stephen Smith sat down with noted science blogger PZ Myers to discuss evolution and the intersection of science and politics.

Myers is well-known for his personal blog, Pharyngula, one of the most popular science blogs in the world. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals.

In 2006, the journal Nature listed his blog as the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. Additionally, Myers was also the recipient of the Humanist of the Year award in 2009.

Find the video and transcript at MPR

If you're a regular visitor you may have noticed that our site URL has changed recently. Twice, actually. Since we changed our organization's name, we thought it appropriate to change our address as well. We're now at cmfreethinkers.org. Several other domains redirect here, including our original URL, freeoftheism.org, so no one should find him- or herself completely lost.

Friday, June 17th. 5:00 Social Gathering, 6:30 Potluck

Sauk Rapids Municipal Park Shelter, 1001 River Ave N. Sauk Rapids.

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Read more: CM Freethinkers Summer Solstice Potluck

Is that an oxymoron? Who cares. Atheists are every bit as "spiritual", loving, and high on life as anyone. Maybe more so, knowing that this life is the only life. Here are a few sweet little ditties to prove it.

Read more: Saturday Morning Smiles: Nonreligious Hymns

Terry Mortenson from Answers in Genesis (AiG) was in Morris, Minnesota presenting Young Earth Creationism information to the community. I was asked by Central Minnesota Freethinkers to cover the event and (hopefully) interview Mortenson.

While killing time between the morning session and evening, I realized that Morris is also home to Biologist and University of Minnesota Morris professor PZ Myers. I absolutely adore PZ and am an avid reader of his blog Pharyngula. On a whim, I called him and to my delight he was able to grant an interview.

So, here's what I did: I posed the same questions to each interviewee. Not every question has a dual response because sometimes the interviewee already answered the question in a previous response. After each interview, I transcribed the dialogue.

I hope you enjoy reading this final draft as much as I enjoyed working on it.

Read more: Interviews with PZ Myers and Terry Mortenson

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