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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

Why I am an atheist – Tricia

The reason I am an Atheist is a very simple one: It is very important to me that the things I believe, are true. I accept that it’s logically impossible to prove a negative, but considering that in the entire history of humanity, nobody has ever found any good evidence for the existence of supernatural …

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Dec 31 2011

An end of theology?

I very much like this insightful post; it points out that the big theological question of the ancient world was “where does the sun go at night?“, and that it was answered only relatively recently in human history — and answered with such resounding certainty that the question seems trivial to everyone now. And how …

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Dec 31 2011

Episode CCLXXXVII: Them’s good Martians

I have some concerns about the Disneyfication of the classic pulp novel, A Princess of Mars; I’m sure Disney wouldn’t have much trouble with Burroughs’ casual racism, and I see they have an out for the violence — green blood everywhere is OK — but I doubt the casual nudity will make it to the …

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Dec 31 2011

Stupid prayer poll

This is an awesomely badly worded poll — so awful I don’t even know how to vote. Do you think Muslim prayers should be allowed in school? Yes (61%) No (39%) For three years, hundreds of students have been praying in the cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School during their lunch hour. The school doesn’t …

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Dec 31 2011

Fortify Biofortified

That most excellent blog on plant genetics and scientific agriculture, Biofortified, is having a fundraiser to maintain their educational and reporting efforts (there’s a full breakdown of where the money goes on the site). They’re not asking much and they produce so much more — help ‘em out if you can. (Also on Sb)

Dec 31 2011

Anti-Caturday post

Review the unpleasant nature of the cat’s penis. Now contemplate this: “12 feet long and highly mobile” and “gigantic testes that weigh a ton”. Although, I do confess, when a pod of these big boys go into rut in your back yard, you’ll probably get even less sleep than when the neighborhood cats are in …

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Dec 30 2011

Slow news day, I guess

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Good god, media, I DON’T CARE ABOUT IOWA ANY MORE. It’s a freakish little local contest dominated by hardcore fanatics, and the only reason the results will mean anything is that the media will do its best to pump up the outcome into a portent of things to come. So when I saw this headline …

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Dec 30 2011

In Conversation with Dan Dennett – guest post by Kaustubh Adhikari

In Conversation with Dan Dennett Kaustubh Adhikari For those who are not familiar with Dan Dennett, Professor Daniel C Dennett is University Professor and Austin B Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University in Boston; an accomplished author, Prof. Dennett is famous for his treatises on evolution, Darwin’s …

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Dec 30 2011

I want to see Alvin Plantinga pwned

You know, I really despise Alvin Plantinga’s ‘philosophy’ — it’s more of an obsessively masturbatory exercise in theological babbling. Jerry Coyne has been slapping him around a bit, in part because there is a new book out called Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?, in which Dan Dennett and Alvin Plantinga go at it. I …

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Dec 30 2011

Friday Cephalopod: Atrocity!

humboldt

Weep for the poor creatures. But note the steely glint of vengeance in the eye of their living compatriots. (Also on Sb)

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