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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 30 2010

Jon Stewart gives Obama, Biden, and the Democrats a well-deserved spanking

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Indecision 2010 – Democratic Campaign Woes www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Sep 30 2010

The evil of homophobia

The denial of equal rights for gays is inexcusable. There is absolutely no justification for it. Homophobia seems to be entirely based on religion or sexual insecurity or both. The ugly face of homophobia is visible in the vicious and disgusting campaign by the assistant attorney general of the state of Michigan against the president …

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Sep 30 2010

Book review: The Grand Design (Part 4 of 4: Religious implications)

In part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this review, I reviewed the physics in the book The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. In this last part I want to look at the book’s implications for religion. The book seeks to address three questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? …

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Sep 29 2010

Helping silent atheists and agnostics find their voice

In a previous post, I mentioned an essay by John Shook, education director of the Center for Inquiry, where he took a gratuitous swipe at those he called “Know nothing new atheists” without naming any or giving any evidence, thus tarring all of us with the same brush. He is receiving a well-deserved shellacking in …

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Sep 29 2010

Matt Taibbi on the Tea Party

From the Rolling Stone of October 15, 2010. It’s taken three trips to Kentucky, but I’m finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you’d expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. … Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single …

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Sep 29 2010

Book review: The Grand Design (Part 3 of 4: The background physics)

In part 1 of this review I discussed the main issues raised by the book and in part 2 I said that the book by Hawking and Mlodinow argued that M-theory and the no boundary condition can provide answers to the three big questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? …

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Sep 28 2010

It’s time to put up or shut up

John Shook, Director of Education at the Center for Inquiry, has written an essay attacking those whom he calls “Know nothing” atheists who supposedly attack religion while being ignorant of sophisticated modern theology. Larry Moran, professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto, has had enough of this kind of vague accusations and issues a …

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Sep 28 2010

“Know nothing new atheists”

A few days ago had a discussion with a philosopher (himself not religious) who railed against those whom he called “Know nothing new atheists” who argued against religion on a very low-level and were not aware of the best of modern theology. I pressed him to name names but the ones he gave (Jerry Coyne …

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Sep 28 2010

Book review: The Grand Design (Part 2 of 4: The basic ideas)

In part 1 of this review, I argued that the lack of a unified theory of gravity and quantum mechanics is what has stymied scientists in their attempt to understand the origins of our universe and even what came ‘before’, assuming that the question even makes sense. M-theory and the no boundary condition is what …

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Sep 27 2010

Wouldn’t want anything to happen to this blog, would you?

The new comments policy has made it much easier for me to monitor for spam. I still get spam comments that begin “Rather nice blog you’ve got here…” It always reminds of this Monty Python sketch.

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