ZJ points out that incest and pedophilia are already most prominent precisely in those places most opposed to gay marriage: Your Thoughts? Read more

Qualia Soup’s first new video in months (and it’s terrific as usual).  He takes apart entirely the notion that we can have knowledge of anything supernatural. Your Thoughts? Read more

That’s how our friend Vorjack of Unreasonable Faith fame characterized Camels With Hammers yesterday.   Made my day.  If we ever have promotional materials that’s going in there. But today of course was more like a faucet that out of the blue drops one random droplet all day.  I had no internet access and was swamped with crazy teaching hours today (woke at 5am, left for work at 7am, got home at 1am, taught and read for an upcoming book review… Read more

Guest appearance by Michael Shermer! Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the author of Science Friction: Where the Known… Read more

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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