As It Happened 8 Years Ago Yesterday

The live footage of the second plane hitting the south tower on September 11, 2001 as broadcast on numerous New York television stations and national news outlets and as it looked and sounded in real time footage which was broadcast only later.  It goes without saying that the footage is disturbing.  Here is the official youtube description of the video: This segment is comprised of a succession of newscasts that feature the impact of Flight 175 into the South Tower… Read more

An Increasingly Messianic Military In Israel?

Seems like ours is not the only military turning to religious zealotry and desire for holy war for motivation. Your Thoughts? Read more

How Did Derren Brown Predict The Lottery?

Earlier this week, Derren Brown gave the illusion of predicting the lottery numbers before they were revealed in real time on national TV in Britain.  Here’s that original video in case you missed it: Now here is his bullshit explanation of how he did it. Why his explanation makes no sense: He took inspiration from the Wisdom of Crowds theory, which essentially says that decisions made by lots of people are better than those by individuals. The theory tells how… Read more

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Admirable Infinite Commitment For Finite Reasons

May your strength give us strength, may your faith give us faith, may your hope give us hope, may your love give us love. In recent weeks I have distinguished and criticized numerous distinct belief formation and justification practices which go by the name of “faith.”  I have argued that it is neither rational nor ethically responsible to believe in propositions for whose truth you do not have sufficient evidence.  It is neither rational nor ethically responsible to believe people… Read more

Into The Fire

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Beliefs Have Consequences, Including Religious Ones

ZJ has another predictably perfect video brilliant in unpredictably sharp ways: There are those who say that religious beliefs are not at the root of certain behaviors that appear to be caused by religion. Even when the actions of the religious are completely in line with their beliefs, even when they openly proclaim that they are acting based on their religion, some will still insist that religious belief has nothing do with it at all. This happens surprisingly often. Whenever… Read more

God’s Cool Designs

An older Edward Current piece, brilliant as all of them: Your Thoughts? Read more

God Is In The House

As I’ve mentioned before:  As far as I go, no singer/songwriter better explores the theme of religion or better employs religious imagery than Nick Cave.  Very few people write either religious music or music about religion that avoids either preaching on its behalf or railing against it.  Nick Cave is liberated from any creedal loyalty but he’s obviously steeped enough in religious symbols, archetypes, and psychology to naturally and masterfully communicate genuine feelings and ideas through these means in a… Read more

Philosophy Degree Surprisingly Lucrative

Not for me yet but apparently on average it’s a first step to more lucrative careers than more than half of the rest of the majors on this interesting ranking. Your Thoughts? Read more

Daily Hilarity: Team Identification

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