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Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 31 2013

One in six

It has come to my attention that I don’t have anxiety, and that a lot of people do, and that I’m damn lucky not to. Or maybe I mean I don’t have Anxiety, or an anxiety disorder. It’s not as if I never get unreasonably jittery about something. I’ve told you how absurdly jittery I …

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Dec 31 2013

In a missionary situation

The Vatican wants to let everyone know that it is against secular education and would prefer that everyone went to a Catholic school, although it will settle for some other kind of religious school, since it doesn’t like to be too pushy about these things. The Catholic News Agency reports on this exciting new idea: …

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Dec 31 2013

In light of the controversial nature of these images

Catching up on a slight backlog which I will blame on…let’s see…the paucity of daylight hours at this time of year. Yeah, that’s it. Cast your mind back to December 19, when LSE apologized to Chris and Abhishek. Chris and Abhishek issued a statement in response. The LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society welcomes the half-apology from …

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Dec 31 2013

A huge growth in angel awareness

The Irish Independent has a story on…angels. Not a story on the oddity of belief in angels in 2013, but rather the contrary. More like a story on angels finally getting the recognition they deserve. Time was when you wouldn’t hear about angels from one end of the year to the next — except at …

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Dec 30 2013

In praise of the mundane

Tom Flynn at the CFI blog is not in favor of talk about “transcendence.” In a Guardian blog, New Humanist commentator Suzanne Moore has — if inadvertently — defined the key difference between religious humanists and secular humanists in a very few words. Bewailing the poverty of atheist (particularly, New Atheist) argot when it comes to offering …

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Dec 30 2013

Pay it forward

There’s a nice segment on On the Media about plagiarism as a new art form. A poet called Kenneth Goldsmith teaches his students to give up all ideas about creativity and focus on recycling material. The choices that we make are as expressive of ourselves as any kind of personal narrative we might do about …

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Dec 30 2013

More solidarity needed

Iram Ramzan gets abuse on Twitter for being a liberal Muslim. I am the latest in a bunch of women, specifically Muslim women, who have come under attack from a group of misogynist men. Their aim is supposedly to combat Islamophobia yet ironically their appalling behaviour is unIslamic and actually fuels anti-Muslim sentiment. It’s rather …

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Dec 30 2013

Dancing like infomercial hosts

It’s good to popularize; it’s good to convey specialized knowledge to a non-specialist public (which of course means a public full of people who specialize in other things) in a way that’s accessible without being predigested to the point that it’s just thin gruel that even Scrooge or Mr Wodehouse would have rejected. It’s tricky. …

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Dec 30 2013

Kind baby teaches dogs how to slither

Or sarcastic dogs tease baby’s method of locomotion. It’s one of those.

Dec 29 2013

Think of the implications of this argument

Ron Lindsay raises an important point about judges and the Catholic church. According to the Church, it violates the moral obligations of a Catholic to do anything—anything—that would facilitate the provision of contraception to an individual. (See this summary of recent court decisions for an overview of this argument.) According to the Church, this includes …

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