Classical Music On The Accordian

His name is Aleksandr Hrustevich and his skills are unbelievable, he’s like a one man orchestra: His YouTube channel is here. [Read more…]

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Daily Hilarity: Marlin Hill’s Awesome Obama Impression

This guy is so, so, so much better than the lame SNL one we seem stuck with.  His Obama is as good as Carvey’s Bush, Sr. and Fey’s Palin. [Read more…]

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The Peaceful Atheist Reconsiders Religion

It will be most interesting to see where Lily, who lost her faith at Wheaton College, will wind up in the future.  And then in the future after that.  Her interesting thoughts upon finishing Barbara King’s Evolving God are here.  Each paragraph is too interesting and her thoughts only make sense in context, so I [Read More…]

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Nasty, Brutish, And Short

Yeah, this kid will stop being funny soon as he grows up enough to have the slightest modicum of power over anybody or anything. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Atheism, Albuquerque, And “Weird Al” Yankovic

Recently Hemant Mehta did an excellent job of mobilizing criticism of Albuquerque city councilman Don Harris for creating campaign literature that attacked his opponent for, among other things, being an atheist and contributing to a “Charles Darwin” scholarship.  Harris, to his credit apologized for trying to exploit his opponents views on religion in  the campaign, [Read More…]

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Gore Vidal On America, Obama, Homosexuality, and Timothy McVeigh

Johann Hari has an interview with Gore Vidal, in which Vidal expresses some wild opinions. First Hari’s rundown of Vidal’s one of a kind biography: At 83, he has lived through one third of the lifespan of the United States. If anyone incarnates the American century that has ended, it is him. He was America’s [Read More…]

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Philosophical Ethics: A Possible Kantian Formula For Determining The Permissibility Of Self-Defense

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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Deepity

Last week I highlighted both a portion of Jerry Coyne’s report from AAI and independently Andrew Sullivan’s nasty retort to another portion of that same post.  But I never quoted the really fun and on target coinage of Daniel Dennett which got so far under Sullivan’s skin: Dan Dennett talked about interviews with active priests [Read More…]

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Is Reason My God 4: On Reason As An Authority

Even though this post is “part 4” of a reply to the same commentator, it can be understood without reading prior installments.  If you would like to catch up with prior installments nonetheless, here are parts 1, 2, and 3. In reply to this post, Grant writes: Appealing to the authority of reason is the [Read More…]

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