Meritorious sites for skeptics
RELATED TO SKEPTICISM
ATHEISM—against religious belief
http://www.atheistalliance.org/index.html, another atheist organization with a useful library.
http://www.atheistfoundation.org.au/articles.htm: A large collection of articles, most of them on topics I don’t
(or barely) cover, such as atheism and humanism, Christian morality, Christmas myth, abortion, and such—from Australia.
http://www.members.aol.com/ckbloomfld/index.html: By the author of
Biblical Errancy, Dennis McKinsey, a must reference work, published by Prometheus Press. His magazine Biblical Errancy, all 190 plus issues is avail on line.
A good scholarly source.
http://www.positiveatheism.org/: A library of materials of famous writers on religious topics,
including Clarence Darrow, Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Robert Ingersol, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Lewis, Joseph McCabe,
H.L. Mencken, Thomas Paine, Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain, and Voltaire. There
are articles, links, quotes, forum, letters, and more. This site is the efforts
of Cliff Walker.
http://spot.colorado.edu/~vstenger: the site of professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor
of Philosophy at University of Colorado. He has written several books and articles on the
application of science to disprove divine design, and also to disprove the claim of healing spiritual energies, and that Quantum Mechanics supports mental manipulation of matter.
http://www.theatheistbible.com/: A bulletin board site with a collection
of topics, for those into discussion
http://www.bltc.com/index.html, an philosophically interesting, extensive, and very informative site which assume the utilitarian happiness
principle in the search for pleasure enhancing drugs.
http://www.csp.org/ an incredible complete listing of books on drugs with reviews. A large collection of spiritual new age information and links.
http://www.drugwarfacts.org/internat.htm: a library of data by nations:
an excellent book on the net and resource.
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/index.HTM by far the best library of classic articles, 100s of them, some book length, also at http://www.druglibrary.org/
http://www.drugtext.org/ an excellent library with an alphabetical section by drugs, another by countries, and other listings.
http://www.entheogen.com/coppermine.html pro-psychedelic consciousness expanding site with photos and links.
http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/psychoactives.shtml is the best darn drug site by a long shot. Contains accurate information
of a technical nature (lets the evidence speak) free of the hype of our government.
http://hightimes.com/ht/home/: the leading pot publication for 3 decades.
http://www.jackherer.com/chapters.html: An excellent pro-pot book on the net, plus articles.
http://library.soros.org/lindesmith.html a drug library with approximately 10,000 documents. .
http://users.lycaeum.org/ a directory to other sites on drugs. A great resource.
http://www.maps.org/research/ a collection of scientific and medical literature on MDMA, MDE, Ayahuasca, DMT, Ibogaine, Ketamine, LSD, Mescaline,
Peyote, Salvia Divinorum, & Psilocybin.
http://www.natlnorml.org/index.cfm: the site of the leading organization for the legalization of marijuana with articles and links.
http://pranksterweb.org/frontdoor.htm about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and thus the start of the psychedelic age, with many good sound bites.
an activist group.
ECONOMICS & POLITICAL
http://www.cato.org/: a conservative Washington organization
that has been issuing slanted, scholarly studies for decades.
http://www.citizen.org/: represents consumer interest in Congress and courts; advocacy
and drug articles.
http://www.corporations.org/: on how our government gives charity to the rich and business. Great links and concise articles.
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/index.htm: the Karl Marx library.
http://www.ratical.com/: excellent collection of articles on economics and politics. There one on NAFTA at Seven is eye-opening.
http://www.rism.org/isg/dlp/ganja/introduction/index.html: cannabis, usage in Jamaica,
and a great collection of links
http://www.taxpayer.net/: news on government spending.
http://www.tompaine.com/: an excellent liberal news source with daily updates plus current
http://hdr.undp.org/: they do serious research on human development and publish it in
books, there is a data section and some good links.
http://www.well.com/user/mick/newagept.html: An excellent alphabetical listing of new age terms with humorous
http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/: gets to the core problem of the marriage of politicians and big business via the purse.
http://www.nrdc.org/, National Resource Defense Council, with both free articles and for sale in depth
http://www.sierraclub.org/ one of the most vocal organizations with some articles.
http://www.ucsusa.org/ a balanced, informative site with some gems.
http://www.hrw.org/ organization monitors abuse of human rights, and issues a report on more than 60 countries. Lots of reports published.
http://amnesty.org/ an international organization with branches in several countries and thus separate
websites & large library of articles. For example over 30 articles on Israel
abuses in the last year, also hundreds of links.
http://www.afsc.org/, Friends service committee, the leading antiwar group in this country as an expression
of the Quaker faith against violence; currently focusing on Iraq. They are 28 non-Quaker links.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cache/perscoll_Greco-Roman.html, texts in translation of Greek in Roman philosophers, 483 texts and 59,000 images (down 9/4) (no Epicurus).
http://www.4literature.net/authorlist.html a huge collection of books on line. It includes most of authors
of fiction, poets, some scientists, and many philosophers, including from Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats; Aristophanes,
Leibnitz, Adam Smith, Darwin and Thucydides. 1000s of books
http://classics.mit.edu/index.html, the MIT collection with links. 441 works of classical literature
by 59 authors.
http://www.bartleby.com/ a vast library of books on the web including The Harvard Classics, Columbia
Encyclopedia, Oxford Shakespeare, and much, much, more.
http://earth-history.com/Greece/ On the ancient world from America to Sumer; India to Atlantis,
Jewish and Arabia. A great resource.
http://www.epicurus.net/index.html: Extensive library of his works and other Greek Atomists.
http://www.iep.utm.edu/: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, hundreds of articles, very
extensive on many related topics.
http://www.innvista.com/health/complement/touch.htm: From the New Age, religious perspective. At the innvista site is a collection of descriptions of various alternate therapies. Articles on the origin of Christianity, translations of the OT & NT, and much more, much of it concise
summations such as of the 22 amino acids, the Peloponnesian War, British history, and so on.
http://www.well.com/user/mick/newagept.html: An excellent alphabetical listing of new age terms with humorous
http://www.brainyquote.com/ the most complete collection on the web.
Indexed by authors and topics.
http://chirobase.org: a skeptical guide to chiropractic theories and practices. Nearly 200 articles on the magical back adjusters.
http://www.cebm.net/index.asp: an educational resource on evidence based medicine and a learning
http://www.citizen.org/congress/reform/drug_industry/ is there collection of articles on the financial aspects of drugs, pricing, and politics.
HomeoWatch: Quackwatch's skeptical guide to homeopathic history, theories,
http://www.ncahf.org: by NCAHF the National Council Against Health Fraud, a nonprofit,
voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as revealed through scientific analysis. Excellent articles, limited collection.
http://www.quackwatch.org/: Guide to health fraud, operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D., articles
posted by medical doctors. Quality articles for the educated audience. An entire section is fittingly on Chiropractics. Other sections
on dentistry, nutrition, internet guide, quack watch, homeopath watch, multi level marketing watch, and section by the National
Council Against Health Fraud with a section of excellent links
http://www.worstpills.org/: One of 6 branches of Public Citizen. The site warns of dangerous drugs, and documents how the FDA deliberately fails to protect the public.
RELIGION—by those of faith, a resource:
http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/ A collections of Christian & Jewish sacred works, possible
the most extensive on the web.
http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com/ Possibly the largest library of Tanakh, deuterocanon, pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo of Alexandria,
Josephus, and the Talmud. Great resource, and user friendly.
http://www.gnosis.org/library.html another extensive site that includes Gnostic Christian works, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,
Cathar, Manichaean, Mandaean, Alchemical texts, and others. Link to alchemical
writings at http://www.levity.com/alchemy/index.html, and much more (The first Christians writings were strikingly
similar to certain Gnostic works.)
http://www.harvardhouse.com/: lots of links, and material on the universe.
This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia,
which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain,
contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
http://newadvent.org A major Catholic site containing the Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, and links to the top 50 Catholic
websites in the world (by traffic).
http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm a collection of religious publications from over 100 different traditions, from African to Zoroastrianism. 100s of books on
line. It includes the sacred texts, related ancient works such as the Gospel
of Thomas, and those of a more literary nature such as The Divine Comedy, by Dante.
A huge valuable resource collection.
those without faith
http://home.inu.net/skeptic/: Bible studies, authoritative, incredible complete.
http://www.nobeliefs.com/exist.htm: a quality site, about 20 learned articles
on religion, book review, political articles, comic’s corner.
http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/: book by book bible in English with symbols to mark injustice,
cruelty, sex, contradictions, and other not so good stuff in the bible supported by commentary and links to other passages.
http://st09.startlogic.com/~pendrago/questions-christians.html: thorough & entertaining collection of bible contradictions
and other stupid stuff.
SKEPTICISM—critical of spiritualism, new age beliefs, etc.:
http://www.csicop.org/si/ The site of the Committee for the
Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, which publishes The Skeptical Inquire. The leading society of skeptics in the world. The site includes
articles from their magazine, links, bibliography, international list of organizations.
I first subscribed to their publication around 1986.
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/skepticism/ a first rate library that brakes up skepticism
into 11 topics plus bibliography and links. The site is part of their huge library
http://www.prometheusbooks.com: the best skeptical book publishing company. Their list of books with descriptions.
http://ww.skeptic.com: the Internet site for the Skeptic Magazine, Editor
Michael Shermer. Contains archives of articles.
I have subscribed since 1994.
http://skepdic.com: Contains The Skeptic Dictionary by Robert Carroll, over 460 first
rate articles on all the topics of interest to a skeptic—excellent.
https://webspace.utexas.edu/cokerwr/www/index.html/distinguish.htm: a professor explains why to be skeptical of various things,
https://webspace.utexas.edu/cokerwr/www/index.html/distinguish.htm: a concise page of definition of terms and
30 articles by a university professor, and each article has several relevant illustrations—a gem.
WAR, NUCLEAR ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT:
www.abomb1.org, Trinity Atomic Web Site. The purpose of Trinity Atomic Web Site is
to tell the story of nuclear weapons through historical documents, photos, and videos.
http://alsos.wlu.edu. Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues - Nuclear Pathways Member. The Alsos digital
library is a collection of annotated references to resources that offer a broad, balanced perspective of topics relating to
the origins, functions, and legacies of the Manhattan Project. The critical task of the Alsos project is to integrate these
references into a structured collection that allows users to examine this important period of history from many perspectives.
The materials referenced includes books, articles, videos, images, and web sites.
http://www.atomicarchive.com/librarymenu.shtml Atomicarchives.com, a great resource with library
holding on history, science, arms control treaties, educational resources, and more.
www.bullatomsci.org, the leading organization against nuclear weapons. They’ve
published Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist since 1947. They have a number of
articles from this magazine on line.
www.chemcases.com/nuclear/. Nuclear Chemistry and the Community - Nuclear Pathways Member, part of the ChemCases website, this unit covers the basic concepts of nuclear chemistry. This site explores
the legacy of radiation: the fear of contamination, the problems in the generation of nuclear power, the widespread medical
uses of radioisotopes, and the worldwide question, as yet unsolved, of what should be done with nuclear byproducts.
http://www.fas.org/main/home.jsp, information al site on the amount and types of weapons world wide, with emphasis on the U.S. and
http://www.nuclearfiles.org/ A project of the nuclear age peace foundation. An excellent library of materials related to the danger posed,
including a photo gallery.
http://www.wagingpeace.org/index.htm another peace group with good resources
http://nuclearweaponarchive.org, The Nuclear Weapons Archive. An excellent and extensive site for learning
more about nuclear weapons. This website offers extensive information on the history and status of nuclear weapons. The site
is organized chronologically, with a section on the physics that led up to the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic bombs, a section
on atomic and nuclear weapons since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and a section on the current state of nuclear weapons
in the world.
Atheism: The Case Against God,
George H. Smith, Prometheus Books, Buffalo, 1979. An excellent, balanced, understandable
collection of rebuttals to all the sophistries done in the service of faith: the
best of its kind.
The Bible According to Mark Twain,
Edited by Howard Baetzhold & Joseph McCullough, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995.
A collection of delightful stories that satirize the Bible and Christian belief.
Letters from the Earth is Twain’s last and best work. No work better exposes
the contradictions of Christianity.
A Consumer’s Guide to “Alternative Medicine”, Kurt
Butler, an encyclopedic expose of nutrition gimmicks, health hoaxes, and medical quackery in all their forms. Prometheus Books (a guarantee of quality).
Did Jesus Exist, G.A. Wells, Prometheus
Books, Buffalo, NY. A few works are so good, that reading anything else on the
topic is disappointing. However, there is Helms (below) and Wells’ The
Historical Evidence for Jesus, 1988. A thoroughly researched study that demonstrates
that there is no historical Jesus. Concise, complete, authorities, and logically
sound. The culmination of 3 centuries of scholarly analysis: the final word, almost. There are here 4 articles by Wells.
Euthyphro, Plato. The
Socratic method at its best. The dialogue shows that the gods could not be authors
of the moral code, but rather followers. What is moral right exists independent
of divine proclamation. Thus there is no need to turn to Jehovah to find out
what is morally right and morally wrong.
Gospel Fictions, Randel Helms, Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY, 1988. The best biblical study by a Christian, and much, much better than his other book
(flight of religious thinking, Who Wrote the Gospels). He convincingly
shows how the Gospels were written not as history, but as books of faith; thus the Helms’ title. As books of faith, the Gospels had Jesus do miracles greater than those in the Old Testament and had Jesus
fulfill Old Testament prophecies. Biblical exegeses at its best.
The Other Bible, Edited by Willis Barnstone, Harper & Row, Publishers,
New York, 1984. A long overdue gathering of the extra biblical works (the previous
one in the 1920s, by Oxford). If one is to understand the Bible, one must understand
its audience and the issues being addressed and its competing related doctrines. Many
of the works are similar to those found in the Bible.
Philosophically Thinking, Elizabeth and Monroe Beardsley, Harcourt,
Bruce & World, New York, 1965. Excellent 120 pages on religion: clear, convincing, balanced. A must read is Direct Experience
of God, in Chapter 2. In Socratic style it is shown that the argument from
personal religious experience to a proof of religious matters is not compelling. An
excellent introduction to philosophy. I took Elizabeth Beadsley’s 4th
year ethics course.
Writings on Religion, David Hume, edited by Anthony Flew, Open Court,
La Salle, Illinois, 1992. Of historical interest and intellectual exercise. Hume is the best philosopher—as measured by how much above the shoulders he
stood—since the ancient Greeks. His On Miracles is definitive for
his period. For those with the appropriate background, very enjoyable.
#101 LINKS, a special site which links you to the best on the web, with comments
on each link and also a collection of quotations
Title of book by John Bunyan, self made preacher 1628-1688.
Jailed for preaching without a license for 12 years. If one doesn’t
count devotional works, his Pilgrim’s Progress is the best selling religious
fiction of all times.
At http://www.discord.org/skeptical is the
most extensive collection of sites organized into 21 categories. There are 546
OUR TWO PARTY SYSTEM: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE LINKS ABOUT THEM
LAUGHTER TEACH QUICKER
Bush bashing animations, cartoons, songs,
and audio commentaries
HOURS AND HOURS OF
of bush on his Fuzzy Math
and there is a large link page of bush bashing songs and archives of his speeches sound recordings at http://www.thebotsonline.com/index.html. Bushwack is good music
Six Musical cartoons,
bush basher; artistic, excellent
cartoon with 16 bush
topics, so dumb it will
make you chuckle
only five on Bush,
and a couple dozen like titties and beer. Great, a must!
Three out of ten
are political; their best is downloadable.
A newsreel with picture format about sorted bush history and policies, excellent, half hour, what Michael
Moore should have done. Don’t miss this one.
http://bushfan.com/BushLegacy.html Also an excellent page on conspiracy with many damning documents concerning
Enron, Osama, insider trading, Halliburton, and Nazis.
with over a dozen videos & cartoons, including bushfan and daisycutter. Click
on animation to get to directory of 18 part picture of war with music. chat, forum, vote, and toons. http://bushflash.com
music cartoon, good
graphics and music by a rock group
excellent animation message at http://.daisycutter.com/
collection of animation,
action, comedy, music, drama, bush bashing, and more. http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/athome/
One of the best with
a huge collection of all sorts
A collection of bush
lies with comparison to Clinton on performance—great ammo.
Based on street theater,
huge collection of links.
lots of links, cartoons,
lots of photos with
captions and articles on lies.
talk radio, with 32 radio stations nationwide.
A number of internet
radio broadcasts at http://www.airamericaradio.com
A "newbuishisms" that states clearly what bush is about using his voice. There are other ones,
have to hunt to find them such as at /artists/006/497/rx.html. http://www.audiostreet.net
Among the best Bush bashing musical cartoons, quiz show, etc., and it is user friendly with 69 animations and over 150 separate pages with
disquieting facts. http:www.tostupidtobepresident.com
A political takeoff
on the Iliad and Odyssey, very extensive, in blank verse, a book on http://thebushiad.com/ at http://thebushiad.com
of bush as woman, and one of Kerry. A site of email cards for $19.95/year with
1 month trial at http://www.funsnap.com aka superlaugh.com
of Ben (of Ben & Jerry’s) on responsible budget & social programs; Bush song by Stephan Smith; and 2 more. http://www.truemajority.org/fun/
Listen to Jim Hightower,
the Rush Limbo of the Left, with much more wit. I’ve been listening to
him for years. He is part of the Rolling Thunder Tour.
A simple and effective animation of the bush record plus several other animationss. Asleep At The Wheel at http://www.kaicurry.com/peacecandy/gwbush/asleep.html,
Excellent collection, all kinds http://www.peacecandy.com/
3 political animations,
music, a large site with a number of animations, enjoyable. http://atomfilms.shockwave.com
Good, many items,
trying to sell, but has a bunch of free jokes, and animations.
the written word
news, Bush bashing, very extensive with many links.
Tops in investigative
reporting by Greg Palast, author of the Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and account of the Bush Family Fortunes, now
available on DVD. His website has dozens of quality articles, must of the were
published in The Guardian, the best newspaper of the British Isles.
A very extensive
site, a number of works by whistle blowers, critical of 9/11 report.
counterpoint, a popular
liberal political newspaper at http://www.counterpunch.org/
Excellent, Buck Fush lots of news, and a link for
“Free Anti Bush Music”. http://www.buckfush.com/
professional done of articles, the one on Professor Rumsfeld, has him explain policy to us at http://www.humorisdead.com/
Mother Jones, a liberal
magazine that has a website full of anti-Bush material at http://motherjones.com/
In These Times, a
liberal, pro-union magazine that makes their articles available at their site http://inthesetimes.com/
My favorite Democrat;
noted journalist, and humanitarian. A gatherer
of facts with a number of excellent books. I have 4 of her articles copied. She backs opinion with facts at http://www.ariannaonline.com/.
The Nation, a liberal
political publication which bashes Bush, and makes there articles available at http://www.thenation.com/
§A collection of
political articles, with a section “101”, that about 20 political pictures, mostly humorous, at http://wearabledissent.com/101/index.html
To support capitalism
is to support the labor of wolves on behalf of the sheep--jk
To him who little is not
enough, nothing will be enough—Epicurus
Meditate on pleasure,
for without it we do all to get it back—Epicurus
The first priest
was the first scoundrel man to meet the first fool—Voltaire
every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good--H. L Mencken
does it matter if a statute lies in mud and a city becomes a mummy?—Nietzsche
Men never do evil so completely
and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
is the difference between your pleasure and mine.--B.F. Skinner
Suppose you were
an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself—Mark Twain
The Jews are
of all peoples the grosses, the most ferocious, the most fanatical, and the most absurd—Voltaire
Scientific education end religious educations are incompatible. The clergy have ceased to interfere with education at the advanced state, with which I am directly concerned, but they have still got control of that of children. This means that children have to learn about Adam and Noah instead of Evolution; about
David who killed Goliath, instead of Koch who killed Cholera; about Christ’s ascent into heaven instead of Montgolfier’s
and Wright’s. Worse than that, they are taught that
it is a virtue to accept statements without adequate evidence, which leaves them a prey to quacks of every kind in later life,
and makes it very difficult for them to accept the methods of though
which are successful in science.--J.B.S. Haldane
"The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles,
but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one."
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human
"No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony
be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish."
"Of Miracles", from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748
Homer and Hesiod ascribed to the Gods all things that are a shame and disgrace
among mortals, stealing and adulteries and deceiving one another.--ID. 24, Xenophanes.
If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.—Mark
Twain, Notebook, p. 236.
Tempus edax rerum. Time the devourer of everything.--Ovid 43 B.C.—A.D.
17, Metamorphoses, XV 234
|A cat friend is the best of teachers
If there is a divine measurement, it is by the good we do.