Disgraceful: Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, specifically, a drawing for a children’s book; an Ottoman print; and a… Read more

Yesterday I began my series of posts attempting first to disambiguate the various senses of the word faith, to explore how the various practices referred to under this one word’s umbrella all relate to each other and how they can be ethically and epistemologically assessed, both as they occur individually and in various combinations with each other.  In this installment I want to distinguish trust based on objective considerations of trustworthiness with faith, which often connotes a trust that goes… Read more

Yale University’s Stephen Stearns argues we’re not done evolving: Stearns hired a postdoc, Sean Byars, and together with Govindaraju and Douglas Ewbank, a University of Pennsylvania demographer, set to work analyzing a handful of medically relevant traits for their effects on women’s lifetime reproductive rates. They measured the statistical associations between the traits and family size in the first two generations of Framingham women to estimate the strength of natural selection and the potential genetic response to selection. Early results… Read more

This is why we need faith-based arguments in the public square.  How would any rational 21st Century person be able to divine such important truths as Mike Heath figured out for us if it weren’t for the input of faith? in recent days, we are all taking more notice of the sky for the simple reason that all is not well with the weather. Friends known for their high-spirits seem remote and gloomy. Our gardens droop low as if worn… Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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