I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by 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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How You Get Millions of People to Cooperate in a Global Project for Free

Fascinating stuff: After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately — [Read More…]

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Before I Deconverted: I Was A Teenage Christian Contrarian

A few weeks ago I began chronicling the story of my Christianity, my deconversion, and my personal and intellectual development post-deconversion. I began with the reminiscences, Before I Deconverted: My Christian Childhood and Before I Deconverted: Ministers As Powerful Role Models.  This post is a series of recollections of my high school religiosity. Below I cover [Read More…]

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The Claymation Allegory of the Cave

A wonderful brief film of Plato’s allegory of the Cave by Michael Ramsey and John Grigsby: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Colbert on Whether Being Gay is a Choice

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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The Moral Toll of Executions on the Consciences of Executioners

Allen Ault is the retired director of the Georgia Department of Corrections and former warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison which handled Troy Davis. Ault oversaw executions for the state of Georgia. He is now Eastern Kentucky University’s dean of “College of Justice and Society” and well-informed from an academic perspective about the [Read More…]

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How Does Language Shape Our Color Experiences?

A fascinating video, via PZ, who also offers some analysis. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b71rT9fU-I&feature=player_embedded#! Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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St. Vincent's "Cruel"

I cannot figure out what I love more, her brilliant music or her unique and remarkable theatrically controlled facial expressions. Her videos always mesmerize me, she’s positively electric on stage, and the songs get deep under the skin. She’s one of the best of our time. Support genius, pick up Strange Mercy. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Scapegoating Through Song, Swedish Style

If you know how to sing in Swedish, sing along, otherwise be sure the subtitles are on (the cc button on the YouTube player): Via Friendly Atheist Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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