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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31 2012

Oh god oh god oh god

Alain de Botton has written a book about sex! I’m almost tempted to buy it for the hilarity — de Botton is the kind of upper-class twit lampooned by Monty Python, and I’m sure it would be full of insights about how such a person could accidentally reproduce themselves. You must read the whole review …

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Jul 31 2012

Is this cannibal week and no one told me?

It’s getting a little weird…now people are sending me more cannibal stories, like this one. Papua New Guinea police have arrested members of an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven people, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises, a report said Friday. Part of the strange twist here, besides …

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Jul 31 2012

I agree with Larry

They used to call us the Statler and Waldorf of talk.origins, so you just knew whose side I’d take in this discussion of civility. There’s a place for it, but not in a battle with malicious fools. When I use the word “IDiot” I fully intend to bash the IDiots for their stupid ideas. Why? …

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Jul 31 2012

Context is everything

Here’s something else I ran across at Making Light, and it will cheer you right up: it’s a history of Machiavelli’s time and place. If you thought Machiavelli was a ruthless, cunning schemer who presaged the modern political world of cynicism and expedience…you might just change your mind after reading it. And now I want …

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Jul 31 2012

Portrait of a young hoggler

misogynist

This is a little eerie: Tatsuya Ishida is lampooning a certain attitude — the same attitude that’s been creating Deep Rifts all over the place. So it’s cutting edge Third Wave misogyny — that makes it all better.

Jul 31 2012

Why I am an atheist – Melissa

Am I an Atheist? I haven’t had a moment where I’ve decided I don’t believe in God, a “conversion” to some other position. My faith questions and doubts have been a journey that I’ve reflected here on my blog in several posts. But after my post on spiritualizing the night, I got several comments and …

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Jul 30 2012

Not a joke, and not an atheist

Ronald William Brown was a puppeteer on a children’s show on the Christian Television Network. He is also devout, and liked to take children to church. What a sweet, sweet man. Here he is, using a puppet to explain why pornography is bad for Christians. I think you can guess exactly where this is going. …

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Jul 30 2012

So it’s like training a dog

Everyone is dealing with raging sexism nowadays, it seems: the atheist/skeptic community, the video game community, the philosophers, everyone…including the SF community. Over on Making Light, I read something hopeful, though — a comparison between what we’re seeing now and dog training. In dog training there is a thing called the Extinction Burst. Let’s say …

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Jul 30 2012

Looking for #2

I would have thought that it was a relief, a minor bit of unconcern, that Mitt Romney nominally supports evolution (he’s one of those waffly theistic evolutionists, so he doesn’t really…but at least he wouldn’t be brazenly contradicting all of the evidence). But there’s a potential problem looming: who will he pick for vice president? …

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Jul 30 2012

What? Am I going to have to vote for Romney after all?

He just praised a universal health care system. "Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” [Romney] said. "You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points …

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