I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by Lance Wisely)

Lance Wisely

Below is a guest post from Lance Wisely, an alumnus of my online philosophy classes, reprinted with permission from his blog Heretic With A Heart. Many videos feature gratuitious, problematic objectification, but the video for Wrecking Ball is willing to be incongruous and senseless to do so. The video opens. Miley is crying. This song is [Read More...]

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Oprah Oprah Oprah

Oprah Winfrey and amazing swimmer Diana Nyad had a profoundly muddled, inarticulate, and self-contradictory conversation about God and souls on Oprah’s show Super Soul Sunday. During the course of this discussion Oprah and Nyad teamed up to create so much atheist outrage and facepalming that it has made it all the way to mainstream outlets like Raw Story and CNN. Throughout [Read More...]

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Portraits of Nietzsche

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Numerous artistic renderings of Nietzsche have captured him from beautiful, evocative perspectives. Click on each to enlarge: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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I Saw Neko Case Last Night! And Her New Songs Are Great. Listen:

I got to see Neko Case for free last night at an event sponsored by Pandora and T-Mobile. She was great (as always). Now I’ve seen her both with the New Pornographers and without, so that’s great. She said it was her first time performing the songs from the new album before an audience of [Read More...]

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Breaking Bad Summed Up (Spoilers)

Pretty much. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Humanizing Humanists: Sylvia Broeckx’s Hug An Atheist

Daniel Fincke

Hug An Atheist debuts Saturday September 14 at 7:45pm at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco as one of seven films in the fifth annual Atheist Film Festival. Imagine you wanted to dispel someone’s phobias about the members of an unfairly maligned and stigmatized group of people? How would you do it? One method is [Read More...]

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Stephen Colbert’s Tribute To His Recently Deceased Mother

I don’t know how he delivered this without crying when I couldn’t even watch it without shedding some tears: The full episode is must see for the first TV appearance of The Postal Service. They play “Such Great Heights” and a new song. If you have never heard their 2003 album, Give Up – Deluxe [Read More...]

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Frank Oz’s Eulogy To Jim Henson

We lost one of the greatest creative geniuses in American history 23 years ago today. Here was the great Frank Oz’s moving and fittingly quirky memorialization of his friend and collaborator. Last year I wrote a post on how much Kermit means to me and why. Here’s part 1 of a wonderful documentary that covers [Read More...]

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Why Anakin’s Conversion To The Dark Side Made Sense

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James Gray considers Anakin Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side unconvincing. He wanted more Hobbesian philosophy like is implied in the original trilogy. Such thinking is presented as part of Anakin’s view on the world, in episode II at least when Anakin and Natalie Portman are frolicking in the meadow and they have an unusually artfully scripted [Read More...]

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