The Integral Role Of Emotions In Good Decision Making

Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on the indispensable connection between emotions and value assessment and how these are necessary for decision making. The full talk: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Katie Couric Presses Glenn Beck To Define The “White Culture” He Alleges Obama Hates

I am simply appalled at the deep cynicism that keeps this rotten reckless, racist, careless, moronic, lying lunatic on the air: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Internet In The Hands Of Dictatorships

Evgeny Morozov discusses how repressive regimes use the internet to spread propaganda, finding it is a more powerful tool than censorship. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Ricky Gervais Reads Genesis

Just hilarious stuff from Ricky Gervais back in 2003: Remember to go out and support a rarely honest and explicitly atheistic Hollywood film next weekend, Ricky Gervais’s The Invention Of Lying. And, finally, this audio of Gervais features him riffing on Wittgenstein a bit.  It’s not terribly funny but it’s rare you get a comedian [Read More...]

Bubble Blowing As An Art

Great stuff: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

A Birther Infomercial

Oy: The full video, which will play across the country, was made by “Live Prayer.com” is here, the website of fundamentalist Christian minster Bill Keller.  Talking Points Memo coverage is here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Obama Backs Off Proposal For Creating Lawful Procedures For Preventive Detention

During his May speech on civil liberties at the National Archives in May Obama argued for the idea of creating a legal mechanism for indefinitely detaining people without charges.  He said at the time: I know that creating such a system poses unique challenges. . . . But I want to be very clear that our goal [Read More...]

Jared Diamond On The Evolution Of Religions

Jared Diamond, the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies on the evolution of religion: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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...]


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