Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 17 2011

My compiled live-tweeting of #scio11 sessions

So I’ve made it to Minnesota, where the lovely Stephanie and Ben Zvan are hosting Jodi and I for the rest of our vacation, and this is literally my first chance to actually sit down and post anything on this damn blog. My pre-scheduled posts have all gone up, so it’s time to actually sit …

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Jan 17 2011

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear

Catchy tune, and probably the first time I’ve heard it, though it appears to have been around for a while. I hate the interstitials though. They’re exemplar of the song, and they certainly fit with the song’s intent, but couldn’t we have had the tune carry through instrumentally so it’s not so jarring to jump …

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Jan 15 2011

NASA – The Frontier Is Everywhere

Inspiring, and wonderful. This is the kind of stuff that makes my heart sing. I long for the days that Sagan wished for, though I will likely never see those days myself.

Jan 14 2011

Rachel Maddow and others on Loughner and guns

NOW I ought to be in the air on my way to Science Online 2011. I hope so. I can’t properly blog about all the things I’m thinking about this. And I’m sure, since I’m writing this a few days in advance of publication, that more information will come out that provides more context to …

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Jan 13 2011

Reducing Irreducible Complexity 2: Biological Boogaloo

I should be somewhere in the air at the moment, on my way to Science Online. I’m probably pretty excited at this point. Either that, or very very tired. Or, I suppose, both. They’re not mutually exclusive. Further on QualiaSoup’s excellent Reducing Irreducible Complexity, some of the counterarguments he received and why they’re, well, basically, …

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Jan 12 2011

Pope quote more nuanced than I thought – but he’s still no moral authority

My mea culpa on this one quote — widely reported out of context, which I accepted uncritically as the full context based only on its widespread dispersal — doesn’t mean I’m softening my opinion on the Pope’s past duplicity and his inability to own up to simply being wrong about anything. Nor does it mean …

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Jan 12 2011

Dara O’Briain: Science Doesn’t Know Everything

But the application of science as a tool to discover this universe is for damn sure the best way to learn ANYTHING. If you disagree, get in the sack.

Jan 11 2011

Assange and More Fallacies

I’m going to be doing a significant bit of blogging in advance for the next week or so, as I’ll be attending Science Online 2011 shortly, followed immediately by visiting Minnesota and a number of people I’ve grown to adore and miss terribly since meeting them on our honeymoon this past June. Blogging will probably …

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Jan 10 2011

How to argue a presuppositional religious apologist

Monty Python demonstrates: The only quibble I have with their tutorial is that I’ve never had to pay for one of these arguments — the disagreeable chap as portrayed by John Cleese tends to show up at your door unbidden, calling you by the wrong name and ignoring your wife entirely, completely fail to make …

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Jan 09 2011

Presuppositional apologetics, in a nutshell

This entirely explains why, in the last post’s comments, Peter of Atheism Presupposes Theism claimed that because there is no objective moral imperative to accept evidenced facts as facts, he could simply disagree with the facts under the subjective nature of the moral framework we understand today and he’d therefore be free to do anything …

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