“What Makes Us Great Is Often What Makes Us Ridiculous”

Physicist Janna Levin wrote a novel about Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel called A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.  She describes the parallels between the two mathematicians which inspired her to bring them together in fiction: Alan Turing is most famous for breaking the German Enigma code during World War II. But among scientists, he’s best known for pure mathematical discoveries inspired by Kurt Gödel’s greatest work. Taken together their work proves that there are fundamental limits to what we… Read more

Sundaily Hilarity: The Secrets Of Jonathan Sperry

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Airbrushed To Death

Airbrushed to Death by ~spoonbard on deviantART Your Thoughts? Read more

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

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