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Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov 19 2009

Dan Dennett at AAI 2007

I’ve posted his more recent talk at 2009 already, but this one is equally excellent. I especially love the bit past the halfway point where he discusses the erosion of the Yahweh concept over the past thousand years. This is why I’ve adopted the tactic of demanding of theists who proselytize to me, exactly which …

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Nov 18 2009

How to make a Manufactroversy

Jealous of the anti-vaccination brigade, the anti-LHC “black hole” kooks, the “9/11 Truthers”, the Birthers, Creationists, Flat-Earthers, and/or just about anyone else who’s created a movement that flies in the face of rationality, science, and the evidence? Here’s a quick and easy four-step guide on how to create a scientific controversy, fabricated from whole cloth; …

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Nov 18 2009

Birther queen Orly Taitz to be visited by Repo Man

Over at Dispatches, Ed Brayton covers the schadenfreude-filled news that Orly Taitz, the last harpy to harp on the mistaken idea that Obama might be an evil voodoo priest version of the Manchurian Candidate from Kenya, has been ordered by Judge Clay Land to pay the court $20,000 USD in sanctions. To make matters [worse …

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Nov 17 2009

Christopher Hitchens on Nidal Malik Hasan

The Army Major that went suicide-bomber and shot up Fort Hood recently has had a lot of coverage lately, especially regarding his being a Muslim and his obviously unbalanced mental state. It wasn’t merely his being a Muslim that caused him to flip into holy warrior mode — it was his communication with radical Anwar …

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Nov 16 2009

Who’s sick?

Hard to concentrate, honestly, these past two days, while I’ve been hacking up a lung — horrible little cold I’ve got going on here. I’ve had about enough concentration to do barely enough to do what needed doing as far as keeping work functional (easier now with fewer network-related responsibilities, granted, though my newer responsibilities …

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Nov 15 2009

RCimT: It’s been too long

Firefox is practically dying, with all the links I’ve kept in tabs over the past two weeks for my next Random Crap post. It’s about time I put one up! This week’s Cool Atheist of the Week is Eddie Izzard.

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Nov 14 2009

I object.

I object, specifically, to the abuse of parliamentary minutiae to silence women attempting to speak up about how funding medically-indicated abortion procedures directly benefits women’s health in the great health care reform debate going on in the states. Discussion about this at ThinkProgress and at Greg Laden’s blog. Go register your objections there.

Nov 14 2009

Government-approved woo in Canada

This may affect only Ontario at the moment, but Bill 139, which has undergone two readings and is poised for a third, looks as though it’s poised to pass. This bill would allow naturopaths the ability to prescribe drugs in much the same way that science-based health practitioners do presently. [t]he Ontario government is poised …

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Nov 13 2009

Altruism may be hard-wired

A particularly pernicious point of contention in innumerable theological conversations involves whether morality can exist outside the framework of a creator acting as a lawgiver. Well, coincidentally enough, science has answered that question back in 2007. Neuroscientists have performed experiments to determine where morality — specifically in this case, altruism — works within the human …

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Nov 13 2009

Does Jesus Save Aliens?

Apparently this question is putting many Christian sects into a tizzy. Given Christianity’s Earth-centric views, and species-centric doctrine, if we discovered that, say, dolphins were intelligent and sapient, or if we discovered alien life from another planet, would they be “saved”? Would they have their own Alien Christ to preach to them the gospel? Or …

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