Biblical Scholar—Western Ethics Come From The Greeks, Not The Bible

Biblical scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Sheffield, Philip Davies writes that the idea that religion bestows ethical value on human life is the most ridiculous thing he’s ever heard.  First he lays into the divine command theory throughout the Torah and proverbs as genuine routes to proper (or even defensible) moral motivation and then goes after the prophets: And the prophets—so beloved of biblical ethicists? Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, Haggai, Zechariah, Habakkuk we can dispose of. Elsewhere we… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Kanye Interrupts Obama

Perfect connection to make and done hilariously: Your Thoughts? Read more

Understanding Each Other’s Minds

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant.”—Alan Greenspan “The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway.  It is getting them wrong that is living.  Getting them wrong and wrong and wrong.  And then on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again.”—Philip Roth Two great quotes which via Rebecca Saxe in this great video on the cognitive… Read more

Are The New Atheists The New Prophets?

PZ Myers, a prominent “New Atheist” reports on his being designated a prophet: Michael Dowd, the peculiar author of Thank God for Evolution, has a strange podcast up that promotes the New Atheists because they are the new prophets — we’re telling it like it is, and religious folks need more of that. He also urges people to read Pharyngula, or, if they want something a little gentler, to readRichard Dawkins’ site…ah, flattery. Anyway, the gist of his argument is that “The… Read more

A Little Nietzsche For Kanye

One last Kanye thought for the morning, before I return to my work for the day.  From Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra part II, section 3, comes his prescription in a nutshell for how to be a Beyonce or a Barack rather than a Kanye or a Wilson: if we learn better to experience joy, we learn best not to hurt others or to devise hurts for them Your Thoughts? Read more

Beyonce, A Class Act

This was more like it, Beyonce gives Taylor Swift her due: YouTube won’t let me embed it, but I can’t mention Beyonce without including the single most mesmerizingly sexy music video in the universe.  It would be against Camels With Hammers law.   And for my fuller examination of the class of Beyonce and the classlessness of Kanye West, and of how they relate to Representative Wilson and President Obama, please read this post. And speaking of class, Madonna gave a… Read more

Sacrilegious Rendering Of Nirvana In Guitar Hero 5

This is abominable: In the below video (via Stereogum), watch in horror as the “Guitar Hero” Cobain belts out Flavor Flav ad-libs, Dave Mustaine giggle-rants, Billy Idol come-ons, and Jon Bon Jovi exhortations. You can even make Kurt Cobain sing a motherfucking Bush song. He does it all while dancing like he’s at a Phish show, accompanied by a mohawked skeleton drummer and an angel-winged, top-hatted bassist. It’s nuts. On the plus side, it’s not like Kurt Cobain can kill himself a… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Love’s Designs

The story of my life. Your Thoughts? Read more

Really, America?

Creation, a new film about Charles Darwin cannot get any US distributors because of fear of fundamentalist backlash: However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution. Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist,… Read more

Kanye Disses Taylor Swift (On The Pusillanimity Of Joe Wilson And Kanye West Vs. The Magnanimity Of Beyonce Knowles And Barack Obama)

So last night, Kanye proved once and for all that he has no class through a single action which demonstrated an unbelievable lack of grace.  Taylor Swift looked so demoralized and her speech had been all about feelings of being surprised to be accepted by this particular voting bloc, when he insulted her by implying plainly that she didn’t deserve the award.  It was remarkably cruel of him to do this to her. I really thought he learned his lesson… Read more

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