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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 29 2011

You, too, can be a good atheist if only you respected God a lot more

I just can’t warp my brain in the way required to be a good atheist, I’m afraid. R. Joseph Hoffman is doing his usual schtick of whining about those philistine New Atheists, and this time his point is that we’ve diminished atheism and turned it into a “little idea” instead of the grand powerful concept …

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Nov 29 2011

I, for one, welcome our future squishily pneumatic robot overlords

These canny engineers have at last realized that the proper model for robots is biological, and have built a soft-bodied walking robot. The future belongs to inflatable technology! Have no fear. They’re mostly benign. (Also on Sb)

Nov 29 2011

Subscribe to Free Inquiry

You should! Ophelia Benson is already in it, and I just got the latest issue, which boldly announces in a banner across the top, “NEW COLUMNIST: PZ MYERS”, so I’m entirely self-serving when I say you should send them money. It really is going to be a regular thing — I just sent off column …

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Nov 29 2011

Why I am an atheist – Breton Vandenberg

My conversion to atheism was less of a de-conversion from religion as it was a personal realisation of what being an atheist represented. In my life I was not surrounded by religion nor was I compelled to find it by family or friends. However, even this is not a guarantee that someone will become an …

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Nov 28 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: A good worm is hard to find

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(Also on Sb)

Nov 28 2011

So that’s paradise?

If ever you need a good emetic, all you have to do is listen to a Muslim cleric describe paradise. Apparently the magic virgins are creepily alien (flesh so translucent you can see their bone marrow? Who the hell finds that arousing??), and the men get upgraded genitals. Each time we sleep with a Houri …

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Nov 28 2011

Episode CCLXXVIII: Evolution, sorta

What is going on with that man’s head? (Episode CCLXXVII: War on Christmas again.)

Nov 28 2011

Lonely broken-hearted creationists

Aww, poor Intelligent Design creationism is feeling unloved. Or perhaps it’s jealousy. David Klinghoffer, that clueless ideologue at the Discovery Institute, is whimpering that blogging scientists aren’t paying enough attention to his brand of creationism while sniping at Jack Scanlan. Darwinian scientists who blog — in other words, those whose comments are most readily accessible …

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Nov 28 2011

Sam Brownback: #heblowsalot.

Youth today. Sometimes they do great things. A teenage girl in a high school group called Youth in Government uses her fancy new tweeting phone to exercise her constitutionally-protected right to call a governor a butthead. (Or, to be more specific, to say that he “sucked” and to create the hashtag #heblowsalot.) Her perceptive abilities …

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Nov 28 2011

Art and freedom

My day is done. I’ve read the one quote that makes me happy, so now I can buckle down to grading. It’s from Ai Weiwei, the artist and dissenter the Chinese government would love to silence. My definition of art has always been the same. It is about freedom of expression, a new way of …

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