Digital Intelligent Design?

In reply to this new video arguing for Intelligent Design: Mark Chu-Carroll writes: They claim that DNA is “digital information”. What does that mean?Three possible definitions of digital information: Information consisting of a collection of numbers. Information encoded in any discrete form which can be represented by a sequence of symbols. Information which can be stored in the memory of a digital computer. In a mathematical sense, it’s not a well-defined term. There are several different definitions of it, and… Read more

Camels With Blaghags

Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this photo of our favorite animal with one of our favorite bloggers: Be sure to catch each installment of BlagHag’s funny, depressing, informative, and educational report on her trip the creation museum by following these links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 And PZ Myers is also publishing links of more accounts, here is his first big list. Your Thoughts? Read more

Don’t Tase Them, Bro

Pam’s House Blend makes the case that tasers are being used excessively.  Her most disturbing (but, sadly least surprising) revelation is that blacks are getting disproportionately tased: The abuse of this device is disproportionately deployed against minorities (surprised, no?). In Houston, an audit found incredible statistics: Black officers are less likely to use Tasers, but black suspects are more likely to be jolted with the weapons, according to the first city audit of Taser use by Houston Police officers, KPRC… Read more

County Officials Call Newborn’s Exposure To Second-Rate Classical Music “Child Abuse”

Click here for The Onion’s radio report on the alleged abuse.  Read more

A Christian In Atheist Shoes

Via Prometheus Unbound comes a post from a Christian who attended the Creation “Museum” as part of the Atheist tour group. He was appalled by how they were treated by other Christians: There were hateful glances, exaggerated perceptions, waxing surveillance by security, and anxious but strong ‘amens’ accompanying a lecture on “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Dr. Jason Lisle. Is this how Christians treat people? Is this how we follow Jesus’ commandment to love our enemies and pray for… Read more

Remembering G.A. Cohen

Brian Leiter rounds up tributes to the recently deceased political philosopher. Read more

How We Spend Our Day

A fascinating and richly detailed chart based on surveys of thousands of people of how they spend all the minutes of the day. via The Daily Dish Read more

Atheism’s Evil History

via Hollie Pugliares Read more

Disambiguating Faith: Trustworthiness, Loyalty, And Honesty

The word faith is an ambiguous one and its various connotations get hopelessly confused with each other in ways that muddle many arguments about the ethical and epistemological justifications for holding beliefs on faith.  Because of this, I want to write several posts here which disambiguate faith’s various senses and evaluate the worth of each practice to which it can refer and the epistemological and ethical guidelines for adopting each such practice, insofar as it is a good and desirable… Read more

On “Concern-Troll Apologists”

Daylight Atheism exposes a disingenuous tactic for addressing atheists: Concern trolling is defined as masquerading as an ally or a friend in order to offer your enemies “helpful advice” that, if taken, would hurt and undermine them. For example, take this condescending report by Zoe Brennan of the U.K. Daily Mail on the summer camp for freethinking kids, Camp Quest. The headline is, “Is Britain’s first atheist summer camp harmless fun or should we be worried?” (Cue ominous music.) The… Read more

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