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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30 2012

Philosophers and physicists duke it out

Update: omigod – tricked again. I so nearly missed it…you just can’t ever be careful enough. I nearly missed it, and didn’t because one of the comments on An Explanation From Nothing? quoted Krauss saying “the nasty review in the Times by the templeton funded philosopher is bringing more people out of the woodwork…” Oh? thought …

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Apr 30 2012

Loose morals

Udate: note this is from the Washington Times, a very dubious source. Good old liberation struggles, like the liberation struggle of Chechnya from the brutal embrace of Russia. Chechnya’s government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam …

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Apr 30 2012

The pansy ass exodus

Watching the Dan Savage video again. The first student walks out after Savage says let’s talk about the bible for a second, because people point out “that they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans…that being gay is …

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Apr 30 2012

Regina Martínez Pérez

Another journalist in Mexico murdered apparently for doing her job too well. New York, April 30, 2012–Authorities must immediately investigate the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez Pérez, determine the motive, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The body of Martínez was found in her home …

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Apr 30 2012

When you disagree, be sure to march right out

About those high school students walking out on Dan Savage when he started talking about anti-gay bullshit in the bible. They were there for a conference on journalism, a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. Journalists need to be able to listen to things they don’t agree with in order …

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Apr 29 2012

The self-righteous exit

And I’ve been meaning to post Dan Savage telling high school students how the bible got some things wrong. We ignore what the bible says about slavery because the bible got slavery wrong. What’s interesting is that a whole bunch of kids got up and stalked out. What’s your point, kids? That it’s good to persecute gay …

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Apr 29 2012

Catholicism v Freedom

Eric does a really thorough job on Bill Donohue and the Catholic League. A sample: This explains, for instance, the insistence, by Catholic bishops, archbishops and cardinals, that the law of marriage not be changed to accommodate the relationships of homosexual persons. Although according to canon 1059, “the marriage of Catholics is governed not only …

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Apr 29 2012

A pretty story out of Pakistan

Compassion is at the heart of every great religion. (Karen Armstrong) That’s good, because if it weren’t, religious zealots might do some really horrible things now and then. A British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan in January has been found dead, the Foreign Office has said. Khalil Dale, 60, who worked for the International Committee …

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Apr 29 2012

Shermer and Stenger say

As promised, from Victor Stenger’s Quantum Gods (Prometheus 2009). First, from the Foreword by Michael Shermer. On a book tour in the spring of 2004 he met the producers of the documentary (although I would call it a “documentary”) What the Bleep Do We Know? What the Bleep Do We Know? went on to become …

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Apr 28 2012

Finding quantum consciousness

A commenter on The golden tree of bullshit said some things about Quantum Consciousness which I don’t understand. All my life I’ve lived in both the physical and spiritual world leaving me a bit spacey. I’ve always known I was part of something bigger than my own self but had to call the feeling God …

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