Chomsky Argues Islamic Fundamentalist Political Power Is Result Of US Support Against Mideast Secular Nationalism

Chomsky is asked whether New Atheists like Sam Harris are correct that religious fundamentalism is the actual primary motive for Middle Eastern fundamentalist violence.  The argument he winds up making is that, contra-Harris, the issue is that the US and Israel have made concerted efforts to destroy all secular nationalist endeavors by promoting religious fundamentalists [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Faithwatch

This is off the wall hilarious: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” Victoria Bergsman Style

From Victoria Bergsman (formerly of The Concretes but here as taken By Trees) comes this gorgeous, understated rendition of the classic bombastic Guns ‘n Roses ballad: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Julia Child Makes Primordial Soup

Pretty neat stuff in which Julia Child explains theories of abiogenesis and goes on to demonstrate how the various chemicals would hypothetically be combined for it to happen (via Pharyngula): Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Gay Kids Coming Out In Middle School

The times sure are a-changin’.  From a long interesting piece in the New York Times Magazine: Still, the younger they are when they come out, the more that youth with same-sex attractions face an obstacle that would be unimaginable to their straight peers. When a 12-year-old boy matter-of-factly tells his parents — or a school [Read More...]

Nick Cave Interviewed About His New Book The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave is one of the coolest cats on the planet and this interview is no exception. via a huge geeking out fan who has great stories of meeting him repeatedly on his book reading tour and finding him extremely gracious: After the discussion, I got in line for the signing. I’ve asked him to [Read More...]

The Tweet Commandments

Camels With Hammers is now blessed to be followed on Twitter by Omnipresent G-d (LORD YHWH) and is delighted to learn that after a couple thousand years of silence and that whole Jesus era onward in which He stopped speaking for himself and started speaking only through spokesmen, YHWH is back with his own distinctive, [Read More...]

The Atheism Tapes: Richard Dawkins Interviewed By Jonathan Miller

An interview from the time of the beginning of the Iraq war.  He talks about the connection between religion and people’s tendency to personify evil and personify good and religion and whether such religious thinking is partly to blame for Bush’s and Blair’s judgments.  Dawkins discusses how at 9 the plurality of religions initially led [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: Bruce Russell On Theories About What Makes An Action Rational Or Not

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]


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