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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 26 2011

Way back

I’ve been following (and doing what I could to share and draw attention to) Maryam’s work for a long time – since 2004. I did a search at the ur-B&W and had to click “previous entries” a lot of times to get to the first ones. One of the first ones is The Politics Behind …

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Oct 25 2011

Maryam

Here’s some Maryam, so that you can see why it’s good news that she’s joining FTB. Iran Solidarity Stall at Frankfurt Book Fair 12-16 October It is quite unbelievable that a regime that brutally kills off free expression and those who use it, that forbids women to sing in public, a regime that bans and …

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Oct 25 2011

Good news!

Maryam Namazie is joining FTB.

Oct 25 2011

The not just making it up community

That thing about drawing the boundaries in a different place, again. Julian drew them as: science everything else, especially the humanities and looking at a painting I want to draw them as: science and all other kinds of inquiry that are constrained by reality storytelling the arts, aesthetic experience, appreciation

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Oct 24 2011

Iphigenia in America

Vyckie Garrison reviews a Quiverfull classic, Me? Obey him? I am no less rational than my (ex)husband.  He also is gifted with a strong intuition and emotional intelligence.  Convinced as we were that I was more susceptible to Satanic deception, our family was deprived of my reasonable input in decision making.  My intelligence was squelched, …

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Oct 24 2011

Cooking people is wrong

I saw a thing on tv a few days ago about a “spiritual retreat” in which some people looked for spiritual whatevers via a sweat lodge, and three of them died. The “self-help guru” who ran the show was convicted of negligent homicide last June. He could have been convicted of manslaughter but that required …

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Oct 24 2011

Scraping the barrel

Some fella says Richard Dawkins is bad and stupid and cynical and anti-intellectual because he refuses to debate William Lane Craig. Really? Well not the bad and stupid part, no, that’s my paraphrase, but it’s not far off; and the rest of it, yes, really. Richard Dawkins is not alone in his refusal to debate …

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Oct 23 2011

Arms linked

PZ notes that atheists and gays “often find themselves fighting on the same side in battles against the Religious Righteous.” Indeed, and also some wrangles with the let’s-all-get-alongists, who want to unite with absolutely everyone…except those pesky atheists or those pesky gays.

Oct 23 2011

What to call it

We need a better word for… Well for this. Start with what Julian said in that article. Atheism does not own the scientific method, and nor does good, secular thinking reduce to scientific reasoning. What is too often forgotten is that modern atheism was born in a humanistic way of thinking that drew as much …

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Oct 23 2011

Hearing from Tiresias

Reposted from November last year, on The Woman Question again. November 14, 2010 The old Tiresias trick comes in handy sometimes. The neurobiologist Ben Barres started out as Barbara, and he reports on what it’s like to be an intelligent woman. The top science and math student in her New Jersey high school, she was …

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