Qualia Soup Explains Evolution

This video is must-see if only for the fascinating history of the banana towards the end if nothing else. [Read more...]

Is American Scientific Illiteracy The New Atheists’ Fault?

Jerry Coyne pushes back hard (again) against the latest publication of the falsehood that American resistance to evolution is the New Atheists’ fault: 1.  The “new atheists” have been on the scene for exactly five years, beginning with Sam Harris’s The End of Faith, published in 2004.  But American’s attitudes to evolution have been relatively [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Harrison Ford’s Wife And Family

via The Daily Dish [Read more...]

Debunking The Bible Code

via Holly Pugliares  Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Using “They” As A Universal Singular Pronoun

Inhabitatio Dei finds some precedents with clout for using “they” rather than “he” or “she” as a pronoun for a general human being without gender specified: Here are just a few samples of “they” being used as a universal singular pronoun in Western literature: — Shakespeare: and every one to rest themselves betake; — Jane [Read More...]

Banning the Burqini

The official reason was strict public health standards: PARIS — A Muslim woman who tried to go swimming in a head-to-toe “burquini” has been banned from her local pool in the latest tussle between religious practices and secular authority in France. Officials on Wednesday insisted they banned the woman’s use of the Islam-friendly swimsuit because [Read More...]

Judge This: Sex Offenders In Illinois Banned From Social Networking Sites

  Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law making it illegal for sex offenders to use social networking sites. Is this a necessary ban to protect the state’s children? Or a misguided move guaranteed to keep criminals who’ve paid their debt living on the margins of society? Read the story here (and its comments [Read More...]

Religious Extremists Appeased Again

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 [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Loyally Trusting Those Insufficiently Proven To Be Trustworthy

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 [Read More...]


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