Goodhart, Brockman, Greenfield, Bentley on Sen. Also Bunting, Klein. Oh well.… Read the rest
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Some themes are too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.… Read the rest
Tacitus, Suetonius, Josephus are all hearsay. Next?… Read the rest
Note the cross on the donkey’s back. Think that’s an accident? Think again.… Read the rest
‘The highbrow and lowbrow do daily battle in this man.’… Read the rest
Magazine of Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association criticized for comments.… Read the rest
The God Delusion and the Virus of Faith.… Read the rest
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Well, yes. It’s an obvious thought, isn’t it. One of the first that occurs to us, in fact. If the Designer is so damn intelligent, why aren’t we better? Why isn’t everything? I mean, is this supposed to be optimal? You’re kidding, right?
Far be it from me to kick an idea when it’s down, but I do wonder whether proponents of ID have really thought this through…Because if we were designed by God, it wasn’t on one of His better days.
Yeah you could say that.
Why would an intelligent designer equip each of us with an appendix — an organ whose sole purpose is to become infected and periodically explode? If this was Intelligent Design, then it
Philosophical habit of mind had a profound effect on the way he did physics.… Read the rest
Climate science and tipping point, bird flu, ID, chimpanzee genome, more.… Read the rest
Laws that limit freedom of expression may be changed.… Read the rest
What is your dangerous idea? Dawkins, Dennett, Pinker and many more.… Read the rest
Why choose a ferociously neocon revisionist history of the Enlightenment?… Read the rest
Reactions to the Dover Decision on Intelligent Design (with special attention to the unfortunate intervention by Professor Alschuler)Jan 2nd, 2006 | By Brian Leiter
Judge Jones’s decision was a striking repudiation of intelligent design, given that Dover’s policy was minimally intrusive on classroom teaching. Administrators merely read a brief disclaimer at the beginning of a class asserting that evolution was a theory, not a fact; that there were gaps in the evidence for evolution; and that intelligent design provided an alternative explanation and could be further explored by consulting a book in the school library. Yet even that minimal statement amounted to an endorsement of religion, the judge concluded, because it caused students to doubt the theory of
Did you listen to Gene Sparling telling the story of seeing the Ivory Bill? Do, if you haven’t – it’s a real treat. Apart from anything else he’s funny as hell, in a marvelously relaxed leisurely drawling way. I first heard it by accident, I turned the radio on at random and in the middle, so didn’t know what it was at first, some guy talking about being out in the woods and what a remarkable place it was, I wasn’t paying much attention until he started talking about a bird – and then when he said ‘I thought “that’s the biggest pileated woodpecker I’ve ever seen”‘ I was galvanized and began paying very close attention indeed.
And it’s … Read the rest
Yes, truth does matter, but it can be a hard slog sometimes convincing people of that. An American studies teacher offers some illustrations.
O’Brien violates old novelistic standards; his book is both fictional and autobiographical, with the lines between the two left deliberately blurred. My students adored the book and looked at me as if they had just seen a Model-T Ford when I mentioned that a few critics felt that the book was dishonest because it did not distinguish fact from imagination. “It says right on the cover ‘a work of fiction’” noted one student. When I countered that we ourselves we using it to discuss the actual Vietnam War, several students immediately defended the superiority of metaphorical
A creeping crisis caused by a pattern of short-term thinking and a lack of long-term investment.… Read the rest
Truth-skeptics have to be taught to see that disguised fiction can be dangerous.… Read the rest