Plato: Myth and Logic

New on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an interesting article on Plato’s attempt to merge muthos and logos.  Here’s the description: What the ancient Greeks—at least in the archaic phase of their civilisation—called muthos was quite different from what we and the media nowadays call “myth”. For them a muthos was a true story, a story that unveils the true origin of the world and human beings. For us a myth is something to be “debunked”: a widespread, popular belief… Read more

Neko Case At The Newport Folk Festival

Courtesy of NPR (and found via Faith In Honest Doubt) comes the lovely and spectacular indie country siren singer/songwriter/newpornographer, Neko Case.  One of my very favorite singers, if you love her enjoy this concert and if you don’t know her get on with the falling in love: Neko Case Newport Folk Festival Read more

Jailtime For Singing The Koran

Religious authoritarianism strikes again: Mohsen Namjoo, a singer-songwriter who has been described as the “Iranian Bob Dylan”, has been sentenced to five years in prison for recording music that “dishonours” passages from the Qur’an. The sentencing was in absentia, as Namjoo lives in Vienna. The musician was convicted for “his unconventional singing” of the Muslim holy book, according to the Etemad Melli newspaper. Namjoo “insulted sanctities” and “ridiculed [and] dishonoured” the Qur’an, scholar Abbas Salimi Namin told the paper. The… Read more

Marco Brambilla’s Civilization

Amazing stuff, watch it in full screen, there is simply way way too much going on to watch it in this tiny box. The description from youtube: Civilization, a video mural created for the new Standard hotel in New York City, depicts a journey from hell to heaven interpreted through modern film language using computer-enhanced found footage. This epic video mural contains over 300 individual channels of looped video blended into a multi-layered seamless tableau of interconnecting images that illustrate… Read more

Heath Ledger’s Modest Mouse Video—“King Rat”

teh awesome: Love the brilliant song, love the brilliant video, love the combination of two awesome names with warm fuzzy connotations never before associated together.  Just makes my night—no, my summer—-NO, my LIFE.  Heath Ledger + Modest Mouse.  It’s like someone reached into my “favorites” section of my brain and just started plucking out random favorites to go together.  Next it will be or “Tom Petty + Natalie Portman” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Monet””Doritos + Whitewater… Read more

New Research On Possible Sources Of Psychopathy Brain Abnormalities

Science Daily reports: Earlier studies had suggested that dysfunction of specific brain regions might underpin psychopathy. Such areas of the brain were identified as the amygdale, ie the area associated with emotions, fear and aggression, and the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), the region which deals with decision making. There is a white matter tract that connects the amygdala and OFC, which is called the uncinate fasciculus (UF). However, nobody had ever studied the UF in psychopaths. The team from King’s used… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Wait Time Estimates

This xkcd cartoon made me laugh pretty hard: Read more

What’s Wrong With Prejudice And Is It Prejudicial To Dislike Someone Over His Bad Thinking?

Over at Unreasonable Faith, guest contributor Custador thinks he is a bigoted atheist: The knowledge that my cousin is a creationist has actually made me dislike him. I wonder now if I’m any better than any other prejudiced person — a racist or a sexist or a homophobe — because I pre-judge a group of people based on a single attribute. That’s challenging for me. I’m an open minded man, and I dislike prejudice.I think the only way I can… Read more

Exposition of Exodus 21:20-21: How Slave Beaters Are To Be Treated

20 “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, 21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property. Your Thoughts? Read more

Religion And The Alternatives Of Modernity and Post-Modernity

Via Uncertain Principles, a recent article tries to draw inferences about effects of different college majors on students’ attitudes towards religion and religious practices.   The authors of the study purport to show that study in humanities has a more adverse effect on religious belief than scientific studies: The Michigan scholars who wrote the study — Miles S. Kimball, Colter M. Mitchell, Arland D. Thornton and Linda C. Young-Demarco — write that they were interested to see whether a scientific mindset… Read more

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