New Audiobook! Science Education in the Early Roman Empire

My book Science Education in the Early Roman Empire is now available in audio format! As for all my other audiobooks, I voiced the text myself for Pitchstone Publishing. They invest a lot in making these audiobooks possible, paying for professional studio time and audio engineers, so I encourage everyone to support their continuing to…

Critical Thinking as a Function of Math Literacy

What do you get when you combine atheism, mathematics,¬†evolutionary psychology, and the science of cognitive biases? Critical thinking skills! I’ll be discussing many aspects of this in my December course on critical thinking, which starts in just a couple of days. (It’s easy, useful, and affordable, so consider registering, or let others know who might…

A Critical Thinking Course That’s Affordable and Useful

I’ll be teaching critical thinking next month (December). Learn some easy tools of Bayesian reasoning, how to spot and correct for cognitive biases, how to reason logically and avoid and detect fallacies, and how to better question your decisions and beliefs in constructive ways. Skills everyone should have and hone! And that you might be…

Two Lessons Bart Ehrman Needs to Learn about Probability Theory

A reader pointed something out to me that was a fantastic facepalm moment. It’s another demonstration of how Bart Ehrman doesn’t know how epistemic probability works, and not only hasn’t read On the Historicity of Jesus, he doesn’t even know what it argues. This leads me to two general lessons I hope my audience has…

Help with Christmas Shopping!

If you want to support my work and finish your Christmas shopping this year, here are some things you can do: If you buy any of the books or movies I recommend on Amazon, through my Amazon store, I get a sales commission. There are recommendations there of all kinds, so you can find something…

Ehrman and James the Brother of the Lord

On the matter of the historicity of Jesus, Bart Ehrman has replied to what I recently summarized about the problems with Paul’s reference to brothers of the Lord in the Epistles. In Carrier and James the Brother of the Jesus (already distorting his facts in the title; Paul never uses the phrase brother “of Jesus”),…

The Shocking Reasons Why We Should Go Nuclear

I once wrote about how we aren’t really doomed, per se. Things could get bad, even really bad, owing to climate change and irrational energy and environmental policies, even economic crashes, even war, even worldwide NBC war. But it won’t be an apocalypse. It won’t wipe out the human race. It won’t even likely send…

The Ehrman-Price Debate

The Mythinformation Con Historicity of Jesus debate last Friday was disappointing to many. To be fair to Robert Price, he is in failing health. And he’s a sweet guy. But I have to be honest. Even granting that, he didn’t respond to hardly anything Ehrman said. So there wasn’t actually a debate Friday night. It…

Thanksgiving Pubmeets All Across the Southwest!

I’m going to be making a monster drive to California and back, four days each way. I’ll have a ton of books in stow. Not literally; surely their gross weight will be substantially less than a ton. But in any case, many. This will happen the week before and the week after Thanksgiving. I’m going…