You may have seen this on Pharyngula, you may have seen this elsewhere but Todd Friel’s rather bizarre piece is the perfect thing for me to tackle in my post Surgery (exam not as a patient) haze.
Feb 11 2014
Feb 09 2014
I am tempted to call this article “You won’t believe what the Roman Catholic Church has done now!”
Basically? The UN’s produced a report. A report whose TL:DR version boils down to “Why don’t you lot at the Roman Catholic Church have a look in the mirror and have a sodding word with yourself”. It boiled down to the general problems with the RCC. Child Molestation, Homosexuality, Contraception and Abortion.
And the Vatican are crying foul about the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and of course, Fox News has waded in as the voice of reason.
Feb 08 2014
This one’s allegedly from the pages of the Plymouth University Islamic Society and it’s rather indicative of what’s wrong with the way a large number of Muslims think.
Feb 08 2014
Apparently people have taken offense to me repeating a joke I heard by Andi Osho.
I cannot believe you would politicize the olympics. The olympics are about human achievement, what have you done with your fag life that is as important as the olympics? I bet you are fat, ugly and no one would fuck you. Not even the gays. Why do you have to bring politics into sport? What great things have you achieved? I bet you were picked last for sports.
Feb 08 2014
The Ken Ham debate demonstrates one of the cardinal issues with regards to the American School system. In trying to get students to jump through the hoop of the standardised test we fail to educate them. We forget that education is for life rather than solely for the test.
This story comes from the usual sources. The Christian Post’s got high praise for this one. It’s about a “T-Shirt Ministry”, or the usage of a T-Shirt to circumvent the law. Basically? A Rusk High school had a Christian poster up that clearly broke the establishment clause and thus was opposed resulting in its removal.
Feb 01 2014
Prince Charles is at it again.
There is a problem with Prince Charles, unlike his mummy he doesn’t seem all that bothered about trying to interfere with the running of the UK. Now the problem here is that he provides a Royal Seal of Approval to idiot quacks.
He has been pushing for an acceptance of complementary medicine which is the Intelligent design to quackery’s creationism. It’s an attempt to obfuscate the value of alternative medicine by utilising real medicine and it in combination so that quacks can pretend and take credit for actions of doctors.
Jan 31 2014
It’s getting closer to the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate and creationists are girding their loins for what they think is yet another assault on religion/attempt to do science. But there is a schism between the Intelligent Designers and the Young Earthers with what’s right and what’s wrong.
Jan 30 2014
Hi Avicenna, great article. I’d just like to ask a question because this is definitely an area where I could stand to bone up on my technique.
“There is an absolute hand grenade of question that I have found turns the vaccination debate into an utter rout. How does the Immune System Function?”
Would you mind gaming this conversation out for me a little, either in comments or in a new posts? Let’s say the antivaxxer says either “How the hell should I know?” or gives an entirely wrong answer. Then what? Do you give this entire lecture about how it really works? Or is there a key point that will drive the point home, some major bit of information that you can use to make their ignorance really obvious?
Maybe you could provide a short Socratic dialogue of how you’ve seen this conversation go from there after you’ve tossed the grenade, or link to a forum thread or something?
This is a question from Russel Glasser (that little known blogger on a certain network!) on an old post.