Category Archive: From the old blog

Dec 09 2012

Billy Joel Takes On Ray Comfort

Ed tells us of Ray Comfort’s new series, in which he takes on prominent atheists. My title is a nod to Ed’s “Ray Comfort takes on Billy Joel”. The following was written a few years ago at the old place (click through for context), but it seems appropriate now. It’s an afternoon post on Pharyngula, …

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Oct 22 2012

Happy Fechner Day 2012!

162 years ago today, Gustav Theodor Fechner awoke from a dream which would change his life, and the course of science itself. In his dream, Fechner had discovered the key to studying sensation and perception, the method to measure the mind itself. Of course we cannot simply turn up some switch and increase your awareness, …

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Sep 08 2012

Oh, Those Undecided Voters

There was a voter, undecided, Though I cannot fathom why; Perhaps a faulty compass guided Him, as days and weeks flew by. Friends would prod, and neighbors chided “Such an indecisive guy!” With rapt attention undivided All would roll their eyes and sigh. The networks parked where he resided (Never was he camera-shy) The interviews …

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Aug 27 2012

Some Thoughts On Faith-Healing

… because I saw The Atheist Pig’s cartoon today. It takes something I don’t have to be able to convey so much in 4 panels with simple drawings. Anyway, it reminded me of an old verse of mine: (Every word of this is true.) A friend of mine, some thirty years ago, The eldest son, …

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Jun 01 2012

How Did I Miss This?!?!?

Today was, I just found out moments ago, National Donut (or Doughnut) Day, here in the US. How I missed it, though, is easily answered: I spent most of the day waiting while cars were repaired, to the tune of more money that I would have hoped for. Blech. So none of that! On to …

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May 17 2012

I Guess I’m Just Too Offensive

Near as I can tell, the good people at Christianpost.com deleted a comment because they didn’t like my verse. Not my comment, mind you, so I can’t be certain. But I was following links, and have my suspicions. After the jump: See, this story tells of a terrible tragedy miracle, in which four people died, …

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May 16 2012

Hey, That’s Supposed To Be A Quill…

Entirely too busy grading to write anything of substance. But… one of my students’ papers reminds me of this older post (don’t ask how–I wouldn’t tell you anyway). A slight change, from quill pen to tattoo needle, and reader Sheree has a fine looking cuttlefish all her own! A picture may be worth a thousand …

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May 03 2012

National Day Of Prayer (No Thanks)

It’s time to raise our voice in prayer,And pray to–well, there’s no one there.No god to urge to do our bidding;Go on and pray–just know you’re kidding. It’s time to all sit on our asses,And pray forgiveness for trespasses(Or is that to forgive our debtor?Who cares, as long as we feel better.) It’s time we …

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Apr 25 2012


A small handful of commenters on my Rainbow Connection poll said they knew what I was getting after. Could be, actually. If you know me well, I’m pretty predictable. As a clue, a hint, to those people (and anyone else who wants to guess), I’ll refer back to a favorite verse, and my all-time favorite …

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Apr 23 2012

On Free Will, Continued

Over on The Uncredible Hallq, I have run out of room in the comment thread, and there are two or three people there who clearly do not understand me. More after the jump:

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