‘Political loyalties and antipathies were always central to his reception.’… Read the rest
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In debates about sexuality, ‘nature’ is invariably brought into the discussion, and usually all the participants involved will try to claim that nature supports their position. Why? What if nature isn’t our best guide at all? We live most of our lives in a constant process of negating the base realities of nature, yet when it comes to sex we suddenly think nature has all the answers. This is illogical and regressive. We should no longer look to nature for answers about human sexuality; in fact, it should have no say on the matter at all.
Nature = Good?
There is a generally held assumption that if something is ‘natural’ then it is ‘good’ or ‘right’. This is seen in … Read the rest
The second meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has taken place at Orac’s site. The first, at St. Nates’, was two weeks ago. And the archive site with schedule of future meetings is here. As St. Nate said -
But we are not content to rest on our laurels! I want this Circle to endure and to keep getting better and more popular. I want to expand our membership! The blogosphere still remains a cesspool of the paranormal, pseudoscience, and quackery! We’ve had one success–a good start–but we must not let up now!
Go, Skeptics! (Also skeptics – you go too.)… Read the rest
And do Rangers and Celtics games defuse tensions or stoke them?… Read the rest
With those zany folks who believe in ‘the Rapture’.… Read the rest
Enjoy life. Don’t steal. Don’t hog the remote. Work out every day.… Read the rest
So, they’re making up a new Ten or rather Twenty Commandments, eh. Without the participation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Well you can’t blame him, can you. Much as his job’s worth, probably, trying that on. Would be kind of like Charles suddenly up and throwing out all the ermine and gold carriages and sceptres and whatnot and drawing up a new plan of action. All these huge houses bursting with Rembrandts and Rollses and gewgaws to be turned into community centres. All Royals to get jobs as maintenance workers in housing estates or driving buses. Parliament henceforth to be opened by Sandra ‘Doc’ Tudge of 47 Ribena Lane, Kidderminster. Factories, hospitals, bridges and suchlike to be opened by … Read the rest
Millions of women and girls have returned to work and school since fall of Taliban.… Read the rest
Well, the ‘healing energy’ is elusive, but the placebo effect is solid.… Read the rest
Biology as a scientific discipline, what it means to be a species, more.… Read the rest
‘I could never make up my mind what I was interested in, and philosophy enabled you to be interested in anything.’… Read the rest
This is good. Now if lots of people start saying the same thing, maybe one of these days it will begin to sink in.
In case it isn’t already obvious, competition has broken out between the religious elements of our society for the label of ‘Most Sensitive’. Every time someone gets offended, it has become standard policy to complain that followers of other faiths are treated with more respect…[B]roadcasters, production companies and even theatre houses can fall into a trap of trying to keep the ‘representatives’ happy. In an environment where they’re evidently competing with each other, this is a dangerous policy because there is no way back. With Behzti for example, it gave the impression to those being
Indispensable for those at the fragrant crossroads of academe and journalism.… Read the rest
A political and literary intellectual in an age when women weren’t expected to be either.… Read the rest
New research casts doubt on the claim that intelligence requires language.… Read the rest
Hmm. There’s an odd statement in here – in the AAUP’s statement on the Ward Churchill fuss. Well, that’s not surprising, I guess. Pretty much whenever people start talking about freedom of speech and academic freedom, odd statements get made. It seems to be a subject that inspires odd statements – no doubt because there are so many competing goods at issue, and because people don’t always notice the competitive aspect, so they’ll cheerfully make contradictory statements from one sentence to the next.
Needless to say, the AAUP thinks Churchill should not be fired for writing the ‘little Eichmanns’ article, no matter how livid the right-wing pundits get. Needless to say, I agree with them, however much I may mock … Read the rest
‘History shows that the Muslims have in no era accepted their sanctities being defiled.’… Read the rest
Tendency to assume loudest religious groups represent everyone in their communities.… Read the rest
Shock-horror: she doesn’t care whether women go into science or not.… Read the rest
Vatican: The Kidnap Program
After the end of the Second World War, the Vatican issued a secret order to the French church authorities, directing them to keep all baptized children from Jewish families in their custody, who had been accommodated in Catholic homes and convents during the Nazi occupation of France. The Vatican had decided that these children should not be returned to their surviving Jewish parents, but handed over to Christian institutions to ensure their Christian education. This secret Vatican order, a document in French language dated October 23, 1946, has recently been digged up by Italian church historians and was published in January in translation in the respected Italian daily Corriere della Siera. It triggered yet another controversy … Read the rest