A Statistical Case For Atheist Ethics

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The Family

Atheist Revolution sums up some of the facts about this mysterious, theocratic power player in Washington as covered by Bruce Wilson: Here are some details about the group worth knowing: The Family is the oldest conservative Christian organization in Washington D.C. The Family runs (but does not own) the notorious “C Street House” as a church to provide assorted politicians with inexpensive living space, Christian bible study, and “spiritual counseling.” “C Street House” is owned by an organization, Youth With… Read more

Jerry Falwell’s “Spiritual Mathematics”

Daniel Florian puts it best: He calls it “spiritual mathematics.”I call it money-grubbing superstitious bullshit. Read more

Lisa Hannigan Nominated For Mercury Prize!

Her album Sea Sew is among my very favorites and so I hope she wins! Read more

Suderman: Singer Right About Rationing, Wrong About Who Should Do It

Suderman contra Singer: Governments that determine treatments using the QALY assign a dollar value to a year of perfect health (in Britain, it’s about $50,000 a year) and then generally reject treatments that don’t provide enough value. This means, among other things, that expensive treatments for older individuals are less likely to be funded. From a rational economic standpoint, spending, say, $200,000 to save the life of a 78-year-old only expected to live three more years really is less efficient… Read more

The Virus Spreads Even Further Into The System

Rick Astley is now taking over the greatest songs of all time… Read more

Epistemic Luck?

James Garvey has some thoughts about an astute observation from Pascal: ‘Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.’ I tripped over that from Pascal after breakfast and had to think about it all morning.  There’s a lot written about moral luck — a philosophical industry owed to Williams and Nagel.  We think we should morally evaluate people only on the basis of what is within their control, but in fact we… Read more

Coraline

Put simply, Henry Selick’s Coraline (out on DVD yesterday) was one of the greatest visual experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.  Not to mention that its story was thoroughly engaging and effectively creepy and suspenseful.  Selick’s film actually is the first which shows a real generational leap beyond the  stop motion animation achievements of The Nightmare Before Christmas which had until now, in my experience, onlybeen paralleled (in The Corpse Bride) but not by surpassed.  Coraline takes stop… Read more

Judge This: Is A 555lb 14 Year Old A Child Abuse Victim?

A really interesting legal and ethical debate, I lean towards no. Authorities in South Carolina say that what went wrong was Gray’s care and feeding of her son, Alexander Draper. Gray, 49, of Travelers Rest, S.C., was arrested in June and charged with criminal neglect. “There’s a strong likelihood that this kid is going to school and could eat whatever he wanted to at school, because you’ve got friends who will help him buy food or will give him their… Read more

Pilot program to require religion or ethics classes in Russia

MSNBC Reports: The proposal is part of a Kremlin effort to teach young Russians morals in the wake of a turbulent period of uncertainty following the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union. Medvedev said preteen students at about 12,000 schools in 18 Russian regions would take the classes. They will be offered the choice of studying the dominant Russian Orthodox religion, Islam, Buddhism or Judaism, or of taking an overview of all four faiths, or a course in secular… Read more

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