It’s astonishing how much we take for granted what human reason has achieved since scientists have committed themselves rigorously to the scientific method.  The evidence of our rational potential with science vs. what it was without science but with faith is really indisputable: Your Thoughts? Read more

A really neat photographic presentation of all the phases of a day in each of 5 different locations. Read more

We hold beliefs with various degrees of justification and the demands of rationality dictate to us that we proportion our degree of belief to the degree of our justification.  If I am looking at evidence for two sides of a position and I find that 60% of the evidence seems to favor side A, whereas 30% favors side B, and 10% is not terribly well accounted for by either side A or side B, then I only have the right… Read more

Brand new Mr. Deity! Your Thoughts? Read more

Michael C. Hall discussed the European response to Dexter and how it differs from the American one. …people are fascinated.  And I think in some markets overseas, they’re interested in the show in that it’s an American show, interested in what it might say or might not say about American culture, so that’s an added wrinkle.  It’s funny, when I was in Europe:  people over here will always say, “it’s terrible he’s killing people!” and I’ll say, “But he’s killing… Read more

Hilarious: Let’s say you run into an old man in a hood and sweatpants wandering around your neighborhood all alone in the pouring rain. 24-year-old Buble picked up Dylan in a Long Branch front yard, after the home’s occupants called in a report of a suspicious person. Buble told ABC, “I asked him what his name was and he said, ‘Bob Dylan’. Now, I’ve seen pictures of Bob Dylan from a long time ago and he didn’t look like Bob… Read more

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Chris Jordan’s “Can’s Seurat” (2007) is 60×92″ and it “depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.” And closer up: And even closer up: Click here for more examples of Chris Jordan’s amazing photographic artwork chronicling American consumerism.  His book Running the Numbers: An American Self-portrait is out in hardcover. Your Thoughts? Read more

Daniel M of Good Reason relays this poignant anecdote: I was on a long car trip with my very Mormon mother. Out of the blue, she said, “So you think it’s okay for gay people to get married, do you?” “Yeah,” I said. “I think it’ll be fine.” Mom said “What if your sons turned out gay? Then what would you say?” “If they turned out gay, I’d say ‘I love you, son, and I want you to be happy… Read more

A neat presentation of the nature and workings of black holes. Your Thoughts? Read more

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