Judge This: Hitchens On Whether Islamist Jihad Is Justifiable Response To Western Imperialism

The question is morally challenging but I think Hitchens’s reply is compelling and impressive.  Your Thoughts? And for a bonus, to add more fuel to the fire of this topic, here is (a hilarious) Bill Maher on why our extremists are not as bad as Muslim ones: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Check Up

From Userfriendly.org Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Ardipithecus

To get the straight skinny on our newly discovered relative from millions of years gone by, PZ Myers directs us to this article: This introduction has been a long time coming. Some 4.4 million years ago, a hominid now known as Ardipithecus ramidus lived in what were then forests in Ethiopia. Fifteen years ago, Tim White of [Read More...]

Hate?

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Happy Birthday Dad!!!

I will always be deeply grateful that I grew up with two parents whose love I’ve never been in doubt about since the day I was born.  So much of our formation genetically and environmentally is well out of our own control.  We are born with certain genes and we grow up in certain families [Read More...]

Crumb’s Genesis

You can buy the book here. I had the chance to flip through it last night and it was spectacular. (via Culturebot) (via The New Yorker) (via Windows and Doors) See Blake Andrews’s site for more pictures of Crumb’s Genesis, contrasted with photos by Hin Chua for representing the Garden of Eden story. (via) Go to Boing [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: Does Calling Someone Evil Explain Anything About Them?

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Foundation Beyond Belief

If you, like me, believe that it is time that the irreligious concentrate real effort on providing charity and support for parents through explicitly secular alternative channels to religious ones, then you really should consider supporting the efforts of Dale McGowan’s newly formed “Foundation Beyond Belief.” Thanks to Hemant Mehta for the heads up (and [Read More...]

St. Vincent’s “Actor Out Of Work”

A little more awesome Annie Clark. First, here’s a brilliant video which I keep watching over and over.   It’s so hard to describe the way her immaculately deliberate, full mouthed enunciation in all her songs, including this one, conveys both a creepy intensity and almost mocking sense of overstatement and how her almost unnaturally [Read More...]


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