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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Is Reason My “God” 3: What It Means To Be A Rational Being

Late last night Grant challenged my insistence that reason is not my “god” in whom I have faith.  I have already replied to his attempt to lump in reliance upon science with reliance upon religion as equivalent strategies for avoiding facing the fact of uncertainty and inexplicability.  In this post I consider the next portion [Read More…]

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Is Reason My “God” 2: On Authority, Uncertainty, and Inexplicability

I’ve been remiss lately in replying to interesting reader challenges.  A backlog is growing of remarks I intend to address.  So I decided, in order to get back in the swing of things to quickly reply to this new one I just got.  Grant writes, Seems there are people looking for an authority to believe [Read More…]

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Daily Hilarity: Eric O’Shea On Elmo And TV Commercials

Apparently this clip’s been around awhile but it’s new to me and so hopefully it’s new to some of you too.  Pretty funny stuff.  The first 1:17 are his great Elmo impression and 1:18 begins his suggestions for songs to go with different products in commercials: Here’s a performance with a bunch more, some the [Read More…]

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Mystery Google

This is kind of neat, it’s called “Mystery Google” and you type in your search term but instead of getting your results you get the results of the person who searched just before you did.  For my token searches I used “Camels With Hammers” as my phrase of course in hopes that the next Mystery [Read More…]

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Non-Tenured Faculty’s Freedom Of Speech

Bing posts an interview with AAUP president Cary Nelson about academic freedom concerns of contingent faculty: Being “contingent faculty” myself, I must first say I appreciate at least that Nelson is concerned about us and how we are doing.  But I do not think I heard in what he had to say any concrete information [Read More…]

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Deluxe Hugs: An Inspiring Video About The Power Of Capitalism

In case you missed this last spring when I wasn’t blogging, here’s one of my favorite videos: And if you really like it, this summer he offered an uncut version, which begins at the 1:42 mark: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Daily Hilarity: PZ Myers Counsels Mr. Deity

Funny stuff! And in case you’re out of the loop on the unstated joke at the end, catch up with one of the most famous memes of the evolutionist/creationist debate: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Defend Maine’s Same Sex Marriages

Today Greta Christina reposted her call for activist attention directed towards Maine’s upcoming vote on same sex marriages.  Following her lead, I’m reposting my coverage of her post.  Early voting has already begun.  It’s time to get involved: Greta Christina sends out the rallying cry: momentum is huge in politics. A win makes the next [Read More…]

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