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Monthly Archive: January 2005

Jan 31 2005

Synthetic rage

I am mad! I am just furious!! So angry that I am tempted to use words like ‘tarnation!â€? and “consarn it!!!â€? Why, I feel so upset that I… No, it’s no use. I just cannot sustain artificially created anger. And yet it amazes me that this ability seems to come easily to third-tier pundits who …

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Jan 28 2005

Patronizing students

Sometimes it seems to me that there is no half-baked idea that originates anywhere in the known universe that does not quickly find influential adherents anxious to institutionalize it in Ohio. Barely has the dust settled on the push to include Intelligent Design into Ohio’s science standards than we now have Marion state senator Larry …

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Jan 28 2005

Problems with censorship

An amusing news item from the BBC website illustrates a real difficulty with censorship. ******* A devout Baptist couple who bought a Doris Day DVD from a supermarket were shocked to find a sex film instead. ……. “It was a pretty raunchy, explicit film, it certainly pulled no punches,” Mr Leigh-Browne said. “My wife and …

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Jan 28 2005

Science and proof II

In his comment on my earlier posting on “Science and Proof”, Kurtiss Hare raises an interesting point about the value of religion and what kind of validity criteria I was referring to, so I thought I would elaborate. When it comes to the *value* of belief structures to an individual, then there are really no …

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Jan 27 2005

Science and Proof

On a plane earlier this week, I was seated next to a very nice woman and we struck up a conversation that quickly turned to religion. She was a Biblical literalist who belonged to an evangelical Christian church. In the course of comparing the scientific and religious approaches to describing the world, she made the …

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Jan 27 2005

And then there were two (entries)…

Thanks, Vincenzo and Jeremy, for the words of encouragement. I must say the fact that people actually read the blog (and took the trouble to comment) is quite an incentive to post more and post better. But to follow up on Jeremy’s thought, I have decided that ultimately the blog (for me at least) is …

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Jan 26 2005

My own blog!

Well, here we go into the (by now) fairly well charted waters of blogdom. While I regularly read quite a few blogs written by other people, the thought of starting my own was rather forbidding for several reasons. The first was the sheer time and effort involved to keep posting fresh entries that might draw …

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