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... 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... 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:

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?

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

Richard Dawkins on “Thinking The Improbable”

A captivating lecture: Your Thoughts?

Were The 20th Century Wars A Rebuke To Reason?

City of God argues that the New Atheists need to learn from history that reason is no guide to world-improvement If religion had motivated people to die for God and King, surely reason and science had made the dying that much nastier through the innovations of gas, flame-throwers, bomber aircraft, bigger artillery and the like. I would submit that WWI offered an equal rebuke to European notions of religion and science, indeed a rebuke to all myths of Europe as... Read more

In What Sense Religious Scientists “Shouldn’t” Exist

Unqualified Offerings lives up to its moniker with this post: I often hear people explain that it is simply impossible to be a scientist and religious. They have eloquent arguments for why there shouldn’t be any people who are religious and also accomplished scientists. It’s a great, well-argued, self-consistent theory with impeccable logical foundations. There’s just one problem: The theory predicts that religious scientists shouldn’t exist, yet they do exist, and in significant numbers. As a theoretical evil fiziks type,... Read more
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