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Category Archive: Critical Thinking

Jul 25 2014

College Quiz Reflects Actual Research; Student Freaks Out, Blames “Liberal Spin”

Ohio State, it seems to me, Despises Christianity; The answers to this latest quiz Are biased toward the way things is, Instead of, if I might be blunt, A bias toward the things I want— And so I’m going on the hunt. I’ll call the press, and force the prof To take this truthful question …

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Jul 16 2014

Inclusive Becomes Sexist, In One Easy Step

If you want to play the market— And to out-perform the Dow— There’s an index fund that’s figured out A brand-new method how! If you recognize diversity In leadership positions You can make a great portfolio From other funds’ omissions! If you specialize in companies Where women are in charge You’re omitting eighty-nine percent (Cos …

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Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 29 2014

The Best Advice I Ever Got

I would write it in letters, eleven feet tall— And how they would shine; they would glisten!— The advice I once got, the most useful of all: “Just shut the fuck up… and listen.” and hey, it applies across any number of different contexts!

Mar 13 2014

Intrinsically Worthless

From a comment at an article “The Empty, Boring Atheism of Richard Dawkins” (from the Catholic World Report, naturally): “What is an “appetite for wonder” in an intrinsically meaningless universe but simply an appetite for diversion and entertainment?” I love my spouse and children— Well, I say I call it “love”, But it doesn’t hold …

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Feb 17 2014

Natural Experiment On Gun Availability

If you give the people weapons, is this good or is it bad? I suppose it all depends upon their aims Up to now, there’ve been no data, so the arguments we’ve had All rely on someone’s a priori claims “But of course we’d be much safer if most everyone was armed!— Cos the criminals …

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Feb 16 2014

Templeton Funded Research Finds Science & Religion Compatible (or, that evangelicals have their own definition of “science”)

Evangelicals will tell us, they are unafraid of science; They assume it proves the bible to be true. There’s a scientific method into which they put reliance But it looks a little strange, to me and you. They’ll evaluate hypotheses experimentally Then, conclusions will be carefully inspected: Do results remain consistent with the bible? And …

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Feb 10 2014

Random Thoughts On Alvin Plantinga’s Rambling Thoughts

So… there’s an interview with Alvin Plantinga on the New York Times’ “Opinionator Blog”. It’s… horrific. Embarrassing. Such a national platform for arguments from ignorance, false dichotomies, and special pleading. Really, it’s astonishing. The questions, by Gary Gutting, are reasonable, and are followed up nicely; if anything, Gutting is not brutal enough, perhaps feeling a …

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Feb 02 2014

Which Team Is God’s Team?

You can hear the pundits prattle Over Denver and Seattle As they set off to do battle In the Super Bowl today And I’m left a bit befuddled Cos the logic’s gotten muddled— As I see the players huddled Not for football, but to pray Seems a strange thing in this setting, But I think …

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Jan 12 2014

Neurophrenology

Scannily, cannily, Neuropsychologists Use pretty pictures to Search for the mind; Sadly, it’s no more than Neophrenology— Looking for lumps of a Different kind I think if I read one more article using fMRI (or any other brain scan) to find the substrate for this that or the other experiential phenomenon, I may have to …

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