Vote For The Best Philosophy Blog Post Of The Year (And Take A Moment To Consider Peter Mandik’s Entry)

3 Quarks Daily is offering a relatively sizable prize ($1,000) for the best philosophy blog post of the year.  You can read the nominees (a great many of which were self-nominated) here and vote for your favorite here.  The finalists will be submitted to Daniel Dennett who will decide the winner.  Peter Mandik, who is [Read More...]

Witch Hunting In Africa

ZJ reports some more ugly information on the crackdowns on “witchcraft” in  Africa and eloquently and passionately drives home the lesson that religious beliefs need to be criticized like all others since beliefs have consequences:  Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Profiling Afghanistan’s Child Brides

Makes the heart just sink. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Introduces The Greatest Show On Earth

He says his other books have been about evolution but have assumed its truth.  This book is about the evidence for evolution: Credit to Too Many Tribbles for a great scoop. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Dustin Lance Black Arguing For A Harvey Milk Day

The screenwriter of the film Milk, Dustin Lance Black, gives an impassioned, personal, and powerful appeal for a day of recognition for Harvey Milk.  The picture he paints of growing up gay with thoughts of suicide, lacking for a role model or any other positive recognition of what he was in the culture is a bleak [Read More...]

New Tom Petty Live Anthology Coming Soon!!!

As a Tom Petty worshipper and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bootleg collector with a couple hundred discs of his live material (and as a curator of his best material onto anthology discs for my own private use), I’m ecstatic to pass on the news of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ new anthology with 48 [Read More...]

New Work On Emotional And Bodily Influence On Perception

Thought-provoking findings: the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our subsequent perception (and memory) of their facial expressions. So once we interpret an ambiguous or neutral look as angry or happy, we later remember and actually see it as such.    The researchers showed experimental participants still photographs of faces computer-morphed [Read More...]

Influential Iranian Imam Supports Interrogations Using Rape

The following quotes from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, with whom Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to “regularly consult,”  are graphic, sickening, and devastating to anyone with a conscience.  Read at your own discretion: Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Most Hilarious Cat Videos

Urlesque.com gave cats a lifetime achievement award at their “2008 Urlies” (at which they highlighted the year’s best in urls.  Here’s their retrospective honoring the recipients of the award: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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