Daily Hilarity: Omazing Grace

For fans of American Idol bad-audition and nails on chalkboards.  If you can endure it at all, see it through to the end for the rousing finish. (via Life Without Faith) Read more

On The Possible God Of Philosophy And Cosmology Vs. The Personal, Historical God Of Faith

This post is inspired by some excellent remarks from Daniel Dennett in reply to William Lane Craig’s vigorous cosmological arguments for the existence of God (which you can see him make in a separate debate here).  Here is the Dennett video, below it you’ll find a rough transcript I have produced of it, and then below that you will find my own arguments. What Professor Craig does, brilliantly and with a wonderful enthusiasm, is he takes our everyday intuitions—our gut… Read more

Vote For The Best Philosophy Blog Post Of The Year (And Take A Moment To Consider Peter Mandik’s Entry)

3 Quarks Daily is offering a relatively sizable prize ($1,000) for the best philosophy blog post of the year.  You can read the nominees (a great many of which were self-nominated) here and vote for your favorite here.  The finalists will be submitted to Daniel Dennett who will decide the winner.  Peter Mandik, who is a friend and the chair of one of my philosophy departments, has a submission here.  He has given me permission to reproduce it in full below… Read more

Witch Hunting In Africa

ZJ reports some more ugly information on the crackdowns on “witchcraft” in  Africa and eloquently and passionately drives home the lesson that religious beliefs need to be criticized like all others since beliefs have consequences:  Your Thoughts? Read more

Profiling Afghanistan’s Child Brides

Makes the heart just sink. Your Thoughts? Read more

Richard Dawkins Introduces The Greatest Show On Earth

He says his other books have been about evolution but have assumed its truth.  This book is about the evidence for evolution: Credit to Too Many Tribbles for a great scoop. Your Thoughts? Read more

Dustin Lance Black Arguing For A Harvey Milk Day

The screenwriter of the film Milk, Dustin Lance Black, gives an impassioned, personal, and powerful appeal for a day of recognition for Harvey Milk.  The picture he paints of growing up gay with thoughts of suicide, lacking for a role model or any other positive recognition of what he was in the culture is a bleak one and the impact of Milk’s example when he learned of it is an inspiring one.     Equality California has a petition here. Your… Read more

New Tom Petty Live Anthology Coming Soon!!!

As a Tom Petty worshipper and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bootleg collector with a couple hundred discs of his live material (and as a curator of his best material onto anthology discs for my own private use), I’m ecstatic to pass on the news of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ new anthology with 48 songs!!!  Check out the details here at the newly revamped tompetty.com  and as soon as they start releasing details of the dates of the performances, I’ll… Read more

New Work On Emotional And Bodily Influence On Perception

Thought-provoking findings: the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our subsequent perception (and memory) of their facial expressions. So once we interpret an ambiguous or neutral look as angry or happy, we later remember and actually see it as such.    The researchers showed experimental participants still photographs of faces computer-morphed to express ambiguous emotion and instructed them to think of these faces as either angry or happy. Participants then watched movies of the faces slowly… Read more

Influential Iranian Imam Supports Interrogations Using Rape

The following quotes from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, with whom Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to “regularly consult,”  are graphic, sickening, and devastating to anyone with a conscience.  Read at your own discretion: Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi replied: “Getting a confession from any person who is against theVelayat-e Faqih (“Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists”, or the regime of Iran’s mullahs) is permissible under… Read more

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