10 Worst Evolutionary Designs

Wired’s got the run down, here they are in simple list form: 1 Sea mammal blowhole. 2 Hyena clitoris. 3 Kangaroo teat. 4 Giraffe birth canal. 5 Goliath bird-eating spider exoskeleton. 6 Shark-fetus teeth. 7 Human stomach. 8 Slug genitalia. 9 Quadrupeds. 10 Narwhal tusk. Click here to find out why they’re each so bad. Your Thoughts? Read more

Theologians Vs. Professors Of Religion

A terrific article from The Chronicle from K.L. Noll, (via a not-surprisingly miffed An und für sich) that addresses the issues that I covered here.  Noll brings considerably more depth and distinctions than I did and on some points may disagree with me, but has the same basic perspective at many essential points.  Check it out: In sum, the religion researcher is related to the theologian as the biologist is related to the frog in her lab. Theologians try to… Read more

Sundaily Hilarity: Pastor Fail

Via Christina: Read more

Where Is Jesus’ Birth Certificate?

Truelogic, enlightened by the Birthers’ groundbreaking methodology for revealing birthplace conspiracies discovers that Obama is not the only one whose alleged birth circumstances are extremely dubious: I did a little research on the Birthers’ claims and investigative methods and was very impressed with what I found–so impressed, I decided to test those methods out myself.The resulting investigation turned my world upside down. You see, I thought I’d start out on someone I thought I knew better than I knew anyone… Read more

On What Counts As A Theological Position

Anderson Brown has an interesting post arguing that agnosticism is not a theological position because it is the claim that one cannot make a metaphysical assertion about the existence or non-existence of God and, therein rejects both the possible alternative theological positions (that there is a God and that there is not one): A “theological position” would be an opinion of some sort (that’s the “position” part) about something (say, existence or lack thereof) specifically about God (that’s the “theological”… Read more

Baby Tossing

This has to be seen to be believed. Read more

Bill Maher A Controversial Richard Dawkins Award Winner

Orac explains the prize (which is given by the Atheist Alliance, not Dawkins or his foundation themselves) : The Richard Dawkins Award will be given every year to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage advocates increased scientific knowledge; who through work or by example teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public posture mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr…. Read more

10 Recommended Philosophy Of Mind Articles

Anderson Brown gives a really interesting list of 10 classic articles in the philosophy of mind which cover (a couple more than) 10 pivotal arguments.   I’ve heard of almost all of them and all the philosophers on the list are extremely famous, major contributors to the field.  I especially love this one article’s point: 1) Daniel Dennett, “Why the law of effect will not go away,” Journal of Social Behavior, 1978. The theory of natural selection is not a… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Sheeple

(Are These) Your Thoughts? Read more

Jeff Sharlet On The Family

Last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, Jeff Sharlet, the profiler of The Family: Read more

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