Peers voted to restrict to threatening words or behaviour, but ministers want to include insults and abuse.… Read the rest
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What was that he said about Kilroy-Silk in 2004? Oh yes…… Read the rest
Campaigns to root out error and unorthodoxy by torturing and killing thousands not so bad.… Read the rest
‘You can’t reason with these people,’ notes race co-ordinator. Crowds cheer as women and men run.… Read the rest
Matt Ridley, Steve Jones answer Telegraph editorial (scroll down to end).… Read the rest
I call this unfair. Andrew Sullivan commented on Norm’s reply to my comment on a post of Norm’s. (Hey that’s one of those tests. One of those levels things. We can only go so many levels before our puny primate brains go all sideways-bent and can’t function. I think she thinks you think he thinks – and that’s about it, or maybe it’s one more. Four, or five, I think, and no more. After that we just unhook and can’t follow any more.) So what did he say? (Sullivan. Come on, that’s level one, you’re supposed to be able to manage that far. Get a grip.) He said Norm is an honest atheist – in implied contrast to people who … Read the rest
I’ve been re-reading Keith Ward’s God, Chance and Necessity, which I mentioned in a disrespectful fashion that annoyed at least one commenter the other day. Now that I’ve read some of it again, I’m all abashed. I’m ashamed and sorry. I must apologize. I wasn’t nearly disrespectful enough. The book is so stupid I can’t read it without squirming.
I’m short on time at the moment, so what I’ll do is, I’ll just give you a few extracts to ponder.
One may think of God as having a universe-long intention to bring conscious beings into a community of freely chosen loving relationships. This intention will shape the initial laws of the universe and the emergence of more
Men line up to call woman a prostitute, bitch, un-Islamic whore – for taking a driving test.… Read the rest
MMA opposed the mixing of men and women and had urged protesters to disrupt the race. … Read the rest
Labour now plans to make it an offence to incite religious hatred through use of insulting or abusive words.… Read the rest
Lots of things are intolerable; that doesn’t make them untrue. You can’t eat a stone by believing it is cheese.… Read the rest
Anti-assimilation sentiment as oppressive pressure on those most easily controlled, girls and women.… Read the rest
Let’s be brutally honest. To describe FAITH as a “failure of reason” is a half-truth at best.
There are those who assert that their religious convictions are grounded in reason and evidence alone. But I’ve never actually met such a rare creature myself. Even the most cunning Jesuitical sophistry seeking to rationally justify religion does not entirely leave out faith as a component. And not faith in the sense of “hope” or “confidence” or any other wishy-washy alternate definition. By “faith” in this context, I mean (and honest believers also mean) believing something because one chooses to believe it, without regard to the absence of evidence/reasons to believe. (Sometimes, faith even entails believing something without regard to the presence of … Read the rest
I want to scribble a little more on all this about religion, and is the glass half full or half full of wormwood, and what’s so wrong with ‘faith’ – though I’m not sure I need to after G’s eloquent and incisive summation. I probably will anyway though, because I like trying to scrape down to the bottom of things. Besides, the discussion is prompting some brilliant replies, so why stop now.
But that will take me awhile, and in the meantime I want to point out some great stuff in a talk on academic freedom Michael Bérubé gave on Thursday and then posted on his site.
The principle of academic freedom stipulates that “teachers are entitled to full
Books go out of print but websites can be archived. Writers like that.… Read the rest
Officials blamed Taleban for burning down newly-built schools which serve 1,000 boys and girls. … Read the rest
UN Secretary General says world must challenge those who deny the Holocaust happened.… Read the rest
Naming and Necessity is among the most influential philosophy books of the last 50 years.… Read the rest
Decisions about academic affairs should be conducted by means of peer review rather than by plebescite.… Read the rest