Take Me Out to the Ballgame...Not Church

By Eric Jayne

eric.mug.1.jpgIf you’re a baseball fan like me then you’re happy that the Major League Baseball season is underway. Even if the Minnesota Twins continue to have a rough season I will be spending my hard earned money at a few games in Target Field this year. It’s fun to root for my favorite baseball team with 35,000 other fans. I also enjoy taking my kids to the game, eating the concessions, and watching the players through the lens of my own eyes. In the last ten years, however, an obnoxious and insulting element has soured my experience: the agonizingly shrill and superficially patriotic song, “God Bless America.”

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Book Review: Brain Trust

By Grant Steves
Braintrust, by Patricia S. Churchland ©2011,  Princeton University Press, 288 pages.

braintrust.jpgPatricia Churchland is an outstanding philosopher and scientist. In her career, she has published several articles and books of importance in the area of neurophilosophy. Starting in 1986, her book Neuro-philosophy: Towards a Unified Understanding of the Mind-Brain was published; in 1992, The Computational Brain was released; in 2002, Brain-Wise was published. The most recent volume, Braintrust, was released in March 2011. In each of her successive books, she has continued to make complex concepts more accessible to the general public.

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News and Notes

By George Kane

george_head_small.jpgA ruling in April by the Supreme Court may well have disastrous consequences for the separation of church and state in the United States. By a 5-4 ruling in the case Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, the court overturned a 43 year-old precedent that had allowed tax payers to sue governments that subsidized religious institutions.

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The Minnesota Atheists Radio Fund Needs Your Help

ktnf_am_950.jpgWe are requesting a financial contribution to the Minnesota Atheists Radio Fund to keep this program on the air and in Podcast for the rest of 2011.  To date, we have produced 114 programs with a variety of perspectives on issues of importance to atheists and the public at large.  The reason we produce this program is simple:  if we, as atheists, do not control our message to the general public,  no one else will speak for us.  The program covers atheism, science, state church separation, Humanism and other related topics.  We present atheists’ views to the public in a manner that is respectful, informative and diverse.

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