I never dreamed of such a thing—but here I am doing it. Now if only I had something urgent to say that I could make a real post out of this. Nope, nothing’s coming to me.  So, I’ll just take this chance to thank everyone who reads this blog.  It’s been a blast seeing the hit totals the last 4 weeks and I really appreciate the time you spend reading the stuff Dave and I write.  Keep commenting and if… Read more

In reply to a recent post, Tyler writes: Your definition of ethics and morality is well taken and allows for further interesting debate on culture and moral systems but it still requires assumption of benefit. Defining phrases like “fully flourishing life” and “most excellent characters we can develop” require a standard of evaluation which I think can only be based on our own morality. I see moral systems as tools– let’s say ladders. Of course you can evaluate a ladder… Read more

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Via PZ Myers, comes a long and recommendable argument by Sean Carroll on the philosophy of science and how scientific understanding of the world thus far precludes any room for miracles (thus making the religion and science incompatible).  Excerpted from the much longer article with interesting things on the philosophy of science which I recommend reading in full, here is his ending discussion of the possibility of the thesis that there are supernatural causes passing into science as a plausible… Read more

Father Stephen has graciously offered another reply to my challenges to him that he should apply to the Bible itself his excellent critique of contemporary figures who presumptuously interpret their experiences as though they are biblical characters. Father Stephen’s reply: I completely agree that Christ takes Scripture “out of context”. Excellent, as this can help us shift the debate from whether the New Testament writers took the Old Testament texts out of context to what provides someone with authority to… Read more

For just 59p, consumers can download an application that allows them to take a purity pledge and then display a silver ring on their phone to prove their commitment to abstinence. Its creator, Island Wall Entertainment, claims the product will appeal to the younger generation and those people who have not already committed themselves to a life of abstinence and chastity. What possible preexisting “need” could this application address? The application may also allow school pupils to circumvent uniform rules… Read more

In its entirety at The Huffington Post. Read more

Allahpundit is delighted that he might have started the latest meme. Read more

Via The Friendly Atheist. Among the changes recommended by the three conservative reviewers on the panel: Include more study of religious revival movements: Evangelist Billy Graham should be included on a list of transformational leaders of the 20th century and students in fifth and eight grades should study the colonial-era religious revival known as the Great Awakening as a force “in shaping a national identity,” suggests reviewer Daniel Dreisbach, a professor of public affairs at American University. Replace references to… Read more

The military is developing technology that, when surgically implanted into an insect, would allow us to control its flight: Instead of attempting to create miniature robots as spies, researchers are now experimenting with developing insect cyborgs or “cybugs” that could work even better. So far scientists can already control the flight of moths using implanted devices. Originally researchers sought to control insects by gluing machinery onto their backs, but such links were not always reliable. To overcome this hurdle, the… Read more

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