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Breakthrough in Journalistic Ethics *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

New BBC guidelines declare accuracy more important than speed in breaking news.… Read the rest

Where Are the Bodies, Bob? *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Bob Geldof has claimed that dead African children wash up on a tiny Italian island every day. The island’s mayor says that is ‘absolute nonsense’.… Read the rest

Wall Street Journal vs. The Scientific Consensus *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Real Climate responds to incorrect assertions made in WSJ editorial.… Read the rest

Popinjays Take Note *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

George Galloway calls Louise Ellman ‘Israel’s MP on Merseyside.’… Read the rest

Killen Convicted of Manslaughter *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Civil Rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were murdered in 1964.… Read the rest

Girl Wins Divorce to Return to School *

Jun 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Chenigall Suseela was married against her will at age 12.… Read the rest

Frye Boots

Jun 23rd, 2005 12:56 am | By

And on a lighter note – also a different note, which is good, since I’ve been stuck in this poke-at-religion groove for days and days now, but I can’t help it, it’s not my fault, so don’t blame me: articles keep turning up, and then comments raise good questions, and the groove just keeps getting dug deeper. I was just about ready to put the back seat under the rear wheels for traction. On a lighter and different note, as I was saying, this piece by Laurie Taylor is very amusing. It caused me to laugh quite noisily more than once.

Yes, I’ve said, with the casual blend of matiness and erudition that distinguishes media sociologists, the Sixties revolution brought

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Jun 22nd, 2005 8:48 pm | By

Stewart notes that a phrase in that Boston Globe article stands out.

Provocatively, Ruse argues that evolutionism has often constituted a ”religion” itself by offering ”a world picture, a story of origins, and a special place for humans,” while its proponents have been ”trying deliberately to do better than Christianity.”

Okay – and why not? Why not try to do better than Christianity? What does Christianity do well? What does it do better than anything else can? Is it even possible to decide or know that? On what grounds?

The one possibility I can think of is consolation. Religion – or Christianity, if you prefer – can do that better of its nature (as opposed to contingently, sociologically, because people … Read the rest

Report on Religious Climate at Air Force Academy *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

No overt intolerance, but unawareness of line between permissible and impermissible expression of beliefs.… Read the rest

Groovy Sociologist in Green Velvet Suit *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Because Pink Floyd and polymorphous perversity undo capitalism, right? You bet.… Read the rest

No One Has Explained the Constants *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Best candidate for theory of everything requires more than four dimensions.… Read the rest

Religious Hatred Law Unacceptably Vague *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Creating a link between protecting groups of people and protecting their beliefs.… Read the rest

Reporters Without Borders Announce the Winners *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Competition for best blogs defending freedom of expression.… Read the rest

Nicholas Kristof on Women and Girls in Pakistan *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Women punished for being raped, girls married at age 11, or 2.… Read the rest

Jellyfish Are Not as Simple as They Look *

Jun 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Under seemingly simple exterior is a sophisticated collection of genes.… Read the rest

Muddy Waters

Jun 21st, 2005 8:36 pm | By

G in comments brings up the question of how (and if) Michael Ruse defines ‘religion,’ so I’ve gone looking to see if I can find him doing that in articles and interviews (I don’t have his book, so looking there will have to wait). Here are a few relevant remarks.

From a recent interview – he doesn’t define it, but he does say a little about what he means by it in this context, answering the interviewer’s request to explain what he means by saying ‘the Darwin vs. Creation argument is often a battle of two religions’:

I am not saying that Darwinian theory is always religious – it is not. I am saying that often evolutionists use their science

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Russell Jacoby on Higher Education *

Jun 21st, 2005 | Filed by

Best schools once promised alternative to selfish materialism but now proudly offer exactly that.… Read the rest

Review of Simon Blackburn on Truth *

Jun 21st, 2005 | Filed by

Take postmodernist inverted commas off things that ought to matter to us: truth, reason, objectivity and confidence.… Read the rest

Project Zero Encourages Students to Think *

Jun 21st, 2005 | Filed by

Good idea, let’s hope it has legs.… Read the rest

Carlin Romano on Lying Cheating Philosophers *

Jun 21st, 2005 | Filed by

Semi-official commitment to truth entails some integrity.… Read the rest