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Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec 15 2007

And the Discovery Institute has a major headdesk moment

Here’s old Bill Dembski, being interviewed by Focus on the Family, one of the few remaining forums that take him seriously. I believe God created the world for a purpose. The Designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God. Whoops. Well, so much for any more attempts to claim in courts of law that …

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Dec 14 2007

So what is this, Wacky Hindu Day?

First bandits make off with a holy man’s holy leg, and now, via Skeptico, I discover this delicious little story about a provincial judge in India ordering two gods, Ram and Hanuman, to appear in court to give evidence in a property dispute. The judge is not about to grant any special dispensations to them …

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Dec 14 2007

Irrationalism hasn’t got a leg to stand on

None of you is likely to forgive me for the bad joke in the headline when you read this article. But still, I think this little event shows up the practical risks of embracing irrational beliefs in magic and the occult. So the next time some wide-eyed individual calls me a closed-minded old grumpus because …

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Dec 12 2007

Catholics so scared of Golden Compass, they’re suppressing their own praise

According to IMDb today: Without explanation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has retracted on its website a positive review of The Golden Compass that appeared in Catholic newspapers last week. The review had appeared to counterbalance claims by the Catholic League, the nation’s largest Catholic lay group, that it served as an introduction to …

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Dec 11 2007

Civilization accelerates pace of human evolution

Interesting new research popping up in the news today. Darwin predicted that evolution would be a faster process in large population groups, and current science seems to be confirming those predictions with research that shows about 7% of the human genome has undergone rapid change (“rapid” in evolutionary terms being on the order of 40,000 …

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Dec 11 2007

Tell me again how theism makes you morally superior?

The latest on the Colorado church shootings: The gunman was identified as Matthew Murray, 24, who was home-schooled in what a friend said was a deeply religious Christian household. Gosh, it’s all so confusing.

Dec 09 2007

Pitt and Clooney pwn Larry “I’m Still Not Gay” Craig

Hadn’t seen this before, but it’s hilarious. Leave it to the two coolest guys in Hollywood to know exactly how to let hypocritical neocon politicians have it where the sun don’t shine. And that’s all the innuendo for me, thanks. (Context: Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven costar Julia Roberts is winning an award, and Clooney can’t be …

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Dec 09 2007

Lunatic shoots up Ted Haggard’s old church

This is a developing story out of Colorado, so we’ll be keeping up with it. It would be too easy to throw in some snark about the obvious (God didn’t pop up to save these people), but there is a time and place for that and it isn’t when people are really being hurt. I …

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Dec 09 2007

Today on the show: Skeptical straw men in fiction

Tune in to the Atheist Experience for “Skeptical straw men in fiction”. Featuring: This lame old joke about a bullying atheist professor who turns out to be completely clueless about science. This is from years ago; my response was posted here. Evan Almighty, and other silly movies where God is a character in the story. …

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Dec 08 2007

Reviewing The Golden Compass

I’ll start here by noting that this review, while it avoids outright spoilers for either book or movie, has some things in it that will mean more if you’ve read the book rather than not. Since not reading the book would make you a silly person, go correct that lapse in your cultural education at …

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