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Scientists Boycott Kansas Evolution ‘Hearings’ *

May 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Boycott of ridiculous carnival led by AAAS and Kansas Citizens for Science.… Read the rest


May 8th, 2005 6:45 pm | By

Let’s pay a nice visit to the pope again. We haven’t dropped in on him in awhile, and he always repays attention. Let’s see what he’s been up to, the dear man. Dylan Evans tells us that religion is beautiful, and a metaphor, so let’s take a look at some beautiful metaphors.

A pope “must constantly bind himself and the Church to the obedience of the word of God in the face of all the attempts to adapt it or water it down,” Pope Benedict told a packed congregation. “That’s what Father John Paul II did when faced by all such attempts which were seemingly benevolent towards man. When faced with erroneous interpretations of freedom, he unequivocally underlined the inviolability

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Necessary to Overcome Hostility to Science *

May 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Because greater public involvement doesn’t always produce greater public sophistication.… Read the rest

WMD in the Uterus! *

May 8th, 2005 | Filed by

The right’s campaign against contraception.… Read the rest

Fairy Tales May Teach Girls to be Submissive *

May 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Cinderella and Rapunzel may not be best characters to identify with.… Read the rest

Pope Talks Nonsense *

May 8th, 2005 | Filed by

About ‘natural death.’ Natural death in hospital with feeding tubes, that is.… Read the rest

New Labour, Education, and Educationalists *

May 7th, 2005 | Filed by

On black under-achievement in school, special needs, the continuing inequities of the state/private divide.… Read the rest

Southall Case and Difficulties With Evidence *

May 7th, 2005 | Filed by

How does one evaluate evidence, expertise, experience, probability, and the like?… Read the rest

John Bayley is not a Cute Old Dodderer *

May 7th, 2005 | Filed by

He’s one of the sharpest, shrewdest, funniest critics around, and he has claws.… Read the rest

‘New Scientist’ Reads Fashionable Dictionary *

May 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Sarcastic? Us? Never!… Read the rest

Galloway Defeats King *

May 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Respect candidate accused government of being part of ‘war on Muslims.’… Read the rest

Election Results *

May 6th, 2005 | Filed by

36, 33, 22.… Read the rest

Labour to Win With Reduced Majority *

May 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Historic third term.… Read the rest

Further Ruseana

May 6th, 2005 2:14 am | By

More Michael Ruse, I promised you. Very well then. I never forget a promise. There is
this review of Dawkins’ A Devil’s Chaplain
from December 2003. I remember being rude about it at the time, though I can’t find the N&C I was rude in. I remember because my colleague was tiresome enough to disagree with something I said, and to say that Ruse had a point in one of the places I disagreed with him. Well I ask you – that can’t be right. Anyway, Ruse does say some odd things in this review.

But how then does Dawkins respond to the obvious retort of the religious, who have always stressed mystery? Some of the fundamental problems of philosophy

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Evans and Wolpert Chat About Atheism

May 5th, 2005 8:46 pm | By

So did you listen to Dylan Evans and Lewis Wolpert argue on ‘Today’ this morning? It was quite entertaining at first, but then they got off onto a not very rewarding tangent about religious art, and ran out of time, so the more interesting issues were left unexplored. Pity.

But there were some interesting things said before the tangent.

DE: I think many atheists behave in a rather adolescent manner, and I think that while emancipating themselves from the older religious culture that surrounds them, they insist on rather sort of showy gestures of aggression towards religion; I think it’s just time the atheists moved on and gave a more balanced view of the older religious culture that surrounds

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Petition for Referendum on Iran’s Constitution *

May 5th, 2005 | Filed by

35,000 people have signed despite regime’s efforts to silence them.… Read the rest

Altruistic Punishment May Explain Political Behavior *

May 5th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Acting the moralist’ stimulates the reward center in the brain.… Read the rest

Hitchens Against Shallow, Demagogic Sectarians *

May 5th, 2005 | Filed by

Barry Goldwater vowed to ‘kick Jerry Fallwell in the ass.’… Read the rest

Jonathan Miller Replies to Dylan Evans *

May 5th, 2005 | Filed by

Miller and Dawkins do not regard science as a means to an end but as an end itself.… Read the rest

The Crudest Form of Identity Politics *

May 4th, 2005 | Filed by

Idea that questioning views is tantamount to discriminating against an identity group.… Read the rest