Joe The Plumber Won’t Run For Office

Thank God: Asked if he has plans to run for public office, he replied, “I hope not. You know, I talked to God about that and he was like, ‘No.’” “I believe he’s gotten me on this grassroots movement. If I can encourage leaders to step up, that’s what I would like to do. That’s [Read More...]

Jon Stewart Against Dogma and Extremism But Not “Religion”

Jon Stewart: Religion makes sense to me. I have trouble with dogma more than I have trouble with religion. I think the best thing religion does is give people a sense of place, purpose, and compassion. My quibble with it is when it’s described as the only way to have those things instilled. You can [Read More...]

Not Everything Is Scientifically Explicable, But

in the interview I rather specifically said there were phenomena for which science is not the best tool for examination (although I would also say that there are no phenomena which require something beyond natural mechanisms). Well put, Professor Myers. Click here for the atheist biologist and blogger extraordinaire’s visit to debate religious scientist Dennis [Read More...]

If Faith Isn’t Publicly Justifiable, How Can It Provide Justification At All?

Chris’s reply to part 2 of my series of objections to religious moderates and intellectuals: For the purposes of this post, I will identify two claims which many Christians accept (and which I understand you do not): (1) that the central claims of Christianity are true, and (2) that faith, properly understood, is a justified [Read More...]

Parents Of Daughters Favor More Liberal Policies

Via 538 Warner (1991) and Warner and Steel (1999) study American and Canadian mothers and fathers. The authors’ key finding is that support for policies designed to address gender equity is greater among parents with daughters. This result emerges particularly strongly for fathers. Because parents invest a significant amount of themselves in their children, the [Read More...]

Pictures From Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland

they can be found at The Huffington Post [Read more...]

The Case Against Being “Spiritual But Not Religious”

Greta Christina on the claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” I’m not sure I agree in all the particulars about which is worse, but she makes a developed argument, worth reading in full.  Here are just two key sections. When I’m in a less generous mood, though, I see this trope as totally smug [Read More...]

Marina and the Diamonds

Spectacular video, at least visually. Thanks to the DCist and Andrew Sullivan [Read more...]

A Mathematician At The “Creation Museum”

Jason Rosenhouse relates his experience: Very frustrating, but entirely typical for creationists. They have a single intuition, that functional systems do not evolve gradually by undirected processes. Virtually all of their scientific arguments are based on attaching poorly understood jargon to that intuition. They have no real understanding even of what the questions are, much [Read More...]

Wikipedia Is Written By Bitter Losers

Nicholas Carr on “sour Wikipedians”: In their report on the results of the study, the scholars paint a picture of Wikipedians as social maladapts who “feel more comfortable expressing themselves on the net than they do off-line” and who score poorly on measures of “agreeableness and openness.” Noting that the findings seem in conflict with [Read More...]