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...]

Jamaica’s Violent Homophobia

In reply to this brutal story about the murder of the honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica which involved a note threatening the same fate for all other gays, “Sendai Anonymous” points me to a must-read article by the invaluable Johann Hari about the extent of the homophobia in Jamaica. Key excerpts: [Read More...]

Carrie Prejean’s Speech To The Value Voters Summit

I’m astounded by her self-absorbed, self-congratulating, and self-righteous cognitive dissonance as she champions herself an enemy of “intolerance” (which “disgusts her”) while being the poster girl for denying people equal rights: And for those who are real gluttons for punishment here is Maggie Gallagher’s introduction to Prejean. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Michael Newdow vs. Megyn Kelly On The Pledge And “Under God”

A good debate: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“This Will Happen To All The Gays”

The Gaytheist Agenda relays this horrific and upsetting story: The honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica has been found murdered at his home in Montego Bay. John Terry, 65, was discovered with a cord and an item of clothing tied around his neck outside his house in Mount Carey on Wednesday. it [Read More...]


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