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Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 31 2010

TheoreticalBullshit on morality in absence of a deity

Well argued, TheoreticalBullshit. An excellent summary of the argument between religious folks and secular folks about where morality comes from, and defines my position pretty much to a tee. Morality is entirely a social construct, for the benefit of that society and the individual members therein. This is not a difficult concept to grasp.

Aug 30 2010

The New Fascists

You ever notice how often the right-wing authoritarian types, e.g. Glenn Beck, misuse the word “fascist” as a generic smear to mean “I don’t like the left’s ideology”? PalMD has put together possibly the best modern example of an actual fascist movement. There are good reasons to use this term more carefully, to apply it …

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Aug 29 2010

Furniture-based Tetris heresy

This is an interesting and attractive take on the idea of a sectional couch, in this design entitled Tat-ris. Looks rather comfy, too. Who wouldn’t want a Tetris-inspired living room theme, anyway? I do have to take issue with it, however. Something seem a bit off about the pieces? If you said “no”, get the …

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Aug 28 2010

Some code showing how the Mars Effect actually works

Found some interesting code in an old edit (excised for being “original research”) in the Wikipedia article for the “Mars Effect” discovered in one of astrology’s centerpiece studies. I note that Robert Currey has not moved from the astrology thread that won’t die, nor has he deigned fit to respond to my charges that he …

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Aug 27 2010

The Universe Cares Not for Us

You’d think with a post title like that, the post behind it would be completely devoid of hope, inspiration, or forward-thinking. You’d think the combative theists’ claims that atheism leads to nihilism are well-founded. You’d think that atheism equals giving up on humanity. You’d be wrong. In a rather flippant final paragraph I wrote: “We …

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Aug 26 2010

Exoplanets galore

Outside our solar system, there are perhaps as many exoplanets as there are stars in the heavens. Since according to astrology, distant Kuiper objects evidently have as much effect on human fates as the nearer objects like the moon or sun, one must wonder what kind of effect on our fates all these other planets …

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Aug 25 2010

The astrology conversation that DIDN’T happen

In the endless non-debate on astrology, I had held some measure of hope that, when Robert Currey resurrected the thread two weeks after it had abated, that there might actually be some discussion of the positive evidence for astrology. Robert has attempted to steer the discussion over the past 230 comments with little regard for …

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Aug 24 2010

Remember Zdenny?

Remember our favorite pet troll’s prediction that I’d be shut down within a month? Remember how that happened on January 24th? Well, I just celebrated my 8-month anniversary of having not been shut down. Meanwhile, what’s his site look like now? I have to admit, it’s a huge improvement. Shame he didn’t even last long …

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Aug 23 2010

Antivax is bullshit

Penn and Teller show, in simple terms, exactly why. Even granting for the sake of argument alone that the vaccines will “knock out” a person as autistic (which can’t happen) or will have other deleterious effects by some other happenstance, it’s far better to lose a very few, rather than a very large, number of …

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Aug 23 2010

Jesus Christ: In the Name of the Gun Book 2

That’s right, you’ve waited over a year for it, but Jesus Christ has finally returned… this time to put a stop to the Spanish Inquisition! Which he manages in the second panel of page 1, actually. Queen Isabella surfaces to provide a new challenge immediately thereafter, but is NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS. I know you …

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