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Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 30 2010

Open thread about AE #672

We’ve received some pleas lately to have threads available to discuss the shows when they happen, so I’m going to try and grant that request. If you can’t see a thread started each week, feel free to drop a line to [email protected] asking for it. I’m listening to the show right now, and I just …

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Aug 25 2010

Clearly this is a discussion that is long overdue

Before a dozen people send me a link to this article: A Rational Approach to Irrationality let me just say that I’ve read it, it’s more accommodationist dribble and as I agree with Jerry Coyne on the subject, I’ll just send you over to read his response. The only thing I’ll add is this: Pretending …

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Aug 25 2010

Doing my part to spread the word

Back during a few months when the TV show was being filmed from “Dillahunty International Studios” rather than its normal location at the public access TV station, we stopped eating at Threadgill’s for a while and started going to a place near Lakeline Mall called Pluckers Wing Bar. Some people didn’t like it, but I …

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Aug 24 2010

Good cop, bad cop?

Here’s a chance to really demonstrate a problem (although it might guarantee that I’m not asked to speak at the University of Oregon)… Lucy Gubbins has weighed in on the recent discussions about the skeptic schism. She and I seem to agree on some things but she’s managed to frame this entire subject so poorly …

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Aug 24 2010

More risible moral arguments for God

One of my many godless Facebook friends (you mean you’re not one? — well, fine, be that way!) is a young Oregonian named Nathan who’s written some impressive essays that he’s posted to his Notes section, including a fine takedown of Zeitgeist. Sometimes, Christians in his own friends list try to challenge him on some …

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Aug 22 2010

On the difference between religion and woo

Rob Knop has a blog post called “The Difference Between Religion and Woo“. It’s yet another in a long line of passive-aggressive posts, comments and lectures that attempt to disparage skeptical critics of religion by simply claiming that they don’t understand the subject enough to make their criticisms valid. Bollocks. If anything, it is Knop …

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Aug 22 2010

Prince Albert

Jerry Coyne has posted on the “don’t be a dick” subject and he seems to have written many of the same things I’ve written. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, Phil says in response. He could choose to be dishonest and dismissive, as he was with me. He could address it fairly and …

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Aug 20 2010

Still more on being a dick

This started as a comment on Matt’s post about being a dick, but when it got to a certain length, I decided to barge to the front of the line and write my own post. That is, no doubt, a dick move on my part. The problem with Phil’s approach isn’t that there are no …

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Aug 19 2010

Is everything about religion bad?

Someone wrote recently to ask β€œIs everything about religion bad?” My reply was that religion can be used to channel the good or the bad in some people. But it has the additional downside of channeling some good people toward bad. So, I would rather advocate promoting good using reason than using religion which comes …

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Aug 19 2010

Fan mail, I guess

“How big a man are you or woman to go and attack the memorials set inplace for the men and women who have died protecting this greatnation, that has even protected your rights to be idiots.When thefamilies come with the torches and pitchforks they will even protectyou and after they are killed you will spit …

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