Jon Stewart Vs. Betsy McCaughey On “Death Panels”

One of his most contentious debates ever.  A fascinating, must see watch. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1 www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 2 www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party Your Thoughts? Read more

Dawkins’s Dream: To Persuade Muslim World Of Evolution

Via RichardDawkins.net, comes this piece from The Guardian: None of Professor Dawkins’ books, on evolution as well as religion, has ever been translated into Arabic, and his work has been heavily censored in Turkey. In an interview with The Times, he said that popularising evolution in the Islamic world, where creationist beliefs are strong, was a challenge he is keen to take up. “To be a bestseller in a Muslim country would be a personal triumph,” he said. “I would… Read more

Afghani Husbands Allowed To Starve Wives Who Refuse Them Sex

Sendai Anonymous heartily congratulates these men on their civil progress: According to beebs, it is now perfectly legal in Afghanistan for men to starve their wives if they refuse to have sex with them at least once every four days. I don’t really know what’s so magical about four days and not three or five, but whatevs. Clearly, congratulations are in order. GUYS! LOWER PALEOLITHIC! I’m so excited for you! Soon you will be able to make basic stone handaxes!… Read more

A Trove Of Experimental Philosophy Papers

For those unfamiliar with the growing “experimental philosophy” movement, there are some philosophers in tandem with psychologists doing interesting work that has tried to study questions posed by contemporary moral philosophers by employing experimental means.  They are trying to uncover what our moral intuitions really are like and how they actually function. Of course moral philosophy is about more than describing how we typically form our moral intuitions but, more importantly, how we should form them and what they should… Read more

Judge This: Are The Guns At The Protests And Town Halls A Form Of Terrorism?

David Sirota makes the case: In early August, a protester came to a raucous Tennessee congressional forum packing heat. Days later, President Obama’s healthcare event in New Hampshire was marred by a protester posing for cameras with a pistol and sign reading, “It is time to water the tree of liberty” — a reference to a Thomas Jefferson quote promising violence. And this past week, 12 armed men — including one with an assault rifle — not only showed off… Read more

Robert Wright On The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Robert Wright www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News Robert Wright wrote The Evolution of God which argues that religions can be turned into forces for inclusion and peace if only they can be shown that their interests are served by doing so. In case you missed my take on Wright’s basic thesis, you can find that by clicking here. Your Thoughts? Read more

The Religion Of Peace Murdering Gays In Iraq

Sickening: (via Atheist Media Blog) Read more

Roland Joffé Makes Film About Opus Dei Founder

Roland Joffé, who made the classics, “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is making a movie about St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of the controversial and powerful Opus Dei. He claims to have full creative control and to have entirely rejected the initial script given to him. What drew him to the project? he was intrigued by Escrivá’s ideas about the power of forgiveness and the capacity of every human being for sainthood. Opus Dei — the name is… Read more

Daily Hilarity: God Is Dead (And The Kids In The Hall Are Alive Again)

In honor of the exciting news that the “Kids in the Hall” from Kids In The Hall, one of the gold standard comedies of my youth (and one of the earliest great HBO original shows, along with the wonderful Dream On) will be reuniting for a new 8-part comedy TV series, here is a clip where they take on “The Death of God”: They have funnier bits, but I felt contractually obligated as a Nietzsche guy to run with this… Read more

Is Birtherism More Nationalist Than Racist?

Daniel Larison has an interesting spin on what’s more operative in the Birther movement’s attempt to discredit Barack Obama as genuinely American: Assuming that racism is the central or overriding element behind this obsession, as Aziz does, is the easiest move in the world, but it is not necessarily accurate. It is a ready-made answer that in this case relies on a number of prejudices about Southerners, conservatives and attitudes towards race that are largely outdated, and it is an… Read more

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