Philosophical Ethics: From G.E. Moore’s Non-Naturalism To C.L. Stevenson’s Emotivism

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...]

The Signs Of Intelligent Life

Brilliant from xkcd: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“Reason As Memetic Immune Disorder”

Phil Goetz has one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read and it deserves to be read in its entirety. Here are the main points and a couple of key points of application to whet your appetite: You may have noticed that people who convert to religion after the age of 20 or so [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Pastafarian Preaching

For once the hilarious religious people we can highlight is a group of deliberately hilarious religious people.  The Pastafarians of Purdue. BlagHag has a full account of the day, including some helpful background to the video: We go out in full pirate regalia preaching the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and hand out flyers [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: On G.E. Moore’s Notion Of Good As An Indefinable Non-Natural Property

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...]

Debunking A Creationist Documentary Error By Error

djarm67, a scientifically literate theist, presents the creationist A Questions of Origins while correcting each distortion, oversimplification, and error as it occurs: There are six parts, watch them all if you have the time. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Today PZ Myers posted a link to an article about the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota.  And I’m sort of Pavlovian about the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota: I cannot hear its named even mentioned without playing Weird Al’s classic tribute to it.  And since every thought that goes through my head gets [Read More...]

Don’t Burn Books, Write In Them

My last post reminded me of a great post at Friendly Atheist last month.  A former Christian was torn about what to do with her once much beloved Left Behind books which she now deemed too worthless to keep and too corrosive to donate to impressionable young girls.  She, like me, has also has a [Read More...]

On The Symbolism Of Book Destruction

Over the past few days we’ve been discussing creationists Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s plan to freely disseminate 50,000 copies of a new version of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species which they are putting out and which contains a deceptive, creationist introduction filled with bad science and false history.  RichardDawkins.net and Pharyngula have encouraged people not only to [Read More...]


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