Feb 11 2014

Slowly Spinning up the FTL again…

I was on forced hiatus from my blog for over a week after FtBCon 2, due to a number of tech difficulties on the site and my being in studio all week recording (an exhausting and time consuming business). And then all the chores that were left undone (e.g. a major shop; business correspondence; taxes–which for us are pretty complex, a two-day operation) had to be done. And so on. So just this moment I finally got to and through my whole backlogged moderation queue for comments and finally cleared everything and replied where needed. So anyone who was waiting forever for their comment to post or to see what I or other people said (e.g. on my latest FtBCon 2 posts about the Philosophy panel and Bible Study), now you can go check that out.

I will be in studio again next week, but for fewer days. But also Valentines Day is coming. And I have a ton of other work to do. So although I have a lot of things I want to blog about, I’m going to have to put most of them on a to do list and slowly trickle them out. And some will seem already to be coming late (since they’ve been on the back burner for awhile).

Just FYI.


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    Reginald Selkirk

    Maybe you could put together a post on the (lack of) historical evidence for a massive earthquake in Jerusalem ca. 33 AD.

    Study suggests earthquake may have created image on Shroud of Turin

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      Richard Carrier

      That is either a joke article (for the original news report and citation go here), or the Italians at the Politecnico di Torino are some of the goofiest cranks in human history. Not only is the science massively implausible (the effect would have been observed for all objects in earthquakes, then and now, as has been aptly pointed out by numerous scientists, cf. “Shaky Science” here and read the amusing remarks) but it also gets the history wrong: a previous geology report confirmed a large earthquake for the 30s BC, not AD. The geological evidence of seismic activity for the 30s was of events so small as to have had no physical effects (and no such earthquake is recorded in the historical record). See Jefferson B. Williams, Markus J. Schwab and A. Brauer, “An Early First-Century Earthquake in the Dead Sea,” International Geology Review 54.10 (May 2012), pp. 1219-28.

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      Richard Carrier

      Oh, this is rich. I’m reading the original article now. I’m going to blog this tomorrow. Keep your eye out. Thanks for the tip!

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      Richard Carrier

      Okay, this was awesome. Total fisk and takedown of the Italian article will go live an hour and a half past this next midnight. You can bookmark where it will appear as http://freethoughtblogs.com/carrier/archives/5132 (just note nothing is there now and won’t be until the clocked time).

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