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Monthly Archive: July 2009

Jul 16 2009

Last Muslim email, I’m done. Your turn.

All right, seriously, we’re going around in circles. I’m bored. You can talk to Muhammad if you want. Parts 1 , 2, 3. Why do you think your god just existed without anything happening that caused the god? Because it makes sense to say that god led to the creation of something then to say …

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Jul 15 2009

We get Muslim email (part 3)

Yep, I went another round with Muhammad. He sent two emails and here’s the resulting response. This was part 1 and part 2. Muhammad’s first reply: What additional information do you get from calling it “God?” Even assuming that “dimensions interacting with each other” made sense as something other than a bunch of words strung …

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Jul 15 2009

We get Muslim email (part 2)

Here’s part 1 in case you missed it. Muhammad’s second message to me: Hey thanks for reply I forgot to mention one more proof of why god exists and it has to do with Prophet Muhammad. Please look at this and then I will go back and make a comment on all the comments you …

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Jul 14 2009

Hey, wasn’t the Institute for Creation “Research” suing Texas or something?

Yeah, they were, weren’t they? So what’s become of that? Well, it would appear that, like all lawsuits, it’s becoming the usual drawn-out exercise in paperwork-generating tedium. But the ICR did, amusingly, recently file a motion for summary judgment, before the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board even managed to complete discovery for their defense. Basically …

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Jul 14 2009

We get Muslim email (part 1)

Yes, it’s true. Christians often accuse us of picking on them and ignoring what they consider the more dangerous religions like Islam. (PZ Myers’ readers coined the term “Fatwa envy” to describe such complaints.) The mundane truth, however, is that we don’t often talk about Islam simply because we rarely get feedback from Muslims. With …

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Jul 13 2009

Todd Friel does not like VeggieTales

It’s been a while since I tuned in to Christian radio, but I was driving around this weekend and turned on Wretched Radio with Todd Friel. Todd was bewailing the bad influence that the computer-animated cartoon VeggieTales is having on Christian kids. Todd brought up data claimed by Ken Ham, who says that regular participants …

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Jul 11 2009

TAM7 – Part 6

Quick updates… Adam Savage spent a little time telling us some rather compelling stories about his early personal failures. We watched a great panel, hosted by DJ Grothe, featuring Penn, Teller, Ray Hyman and Jamy Ian Swiss. They discussed some ethical issues involved in the conjuring arts and the impact of psychic entertainers. After lunch, …

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Jul 11 2009

TAM7 – Part 5

It’s Saturday morning in Las Vegas…do you know where your host is? I’m sitting in the ballroom, listening to Michael Shermer make a case for Libertarianism. He’s not done and I’m certainly not going to get into it now, but it’ll likely be part of the on-air review. I developed a bit of a sore …

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Jul 10 2009

TAM7 – Part 4

I’m going to continue blogging about the events, but I’m afraid you won’t be getting more detailed discussions about each event at this blog. I’m listening to the talks, taking some notes, meeting lots of people and, in order to enjoy myself, I’ll be giving a somewhat detailed account of the events at TAM on …

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Jul 10 2009

TAM7 – Part 3

We had a great time at the reception last night. I did get to meet James Randi and this long-awaited thrill was more than I’d anticipated as he recognized my name — something I wasn’t expecting. A few years ago, I wrote an essay for a website and not only did Randi read it, he …

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