According to the New York Times, George W. Bush was especially fond of Saddam Hussein’s pistol: when the library for George W. Bush opens in 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, visitors will most likely get to see one of his most treasured items: Saddam Hussein’s pistol.The gun, a 9 millimeter Glock 18C, was found in the spider hole where the Iraqi leader was captured in December 2003 by Delta Force soldiers, four of whom later… Read more

NY Congressman Peter King repeatedly calls Michael Jackson a pervert and a child molester and says the media has disgraced itself and there is “nothing good about this guy.”  We argues instead of honoring Michael Jackson we should glorify the men and women in the armed forces, those working with dying cancer patients and in AIDS clinics, and teachers working in really rough neighborhoods. What do you think?  Does Michael Jackson deserve so much honor in death?  Do you ever… Read more

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No, not the Barlow Girl song, but rather Fordham’s own catchy-indie-alt-country-wilcoesque-modestmousish-rock band Average Girl (which, don’t worry, is decidedly also not a Barlow Girl tribute band) will be on WNYU at 3pm, Monday July 6 (streaming from the website simultaneously for those who click to “Listen Live.”)  The band’s super-talented Cary Kehayan (vocals, guitar, keys and harmonica) was one of my former students at Fordham Lincoln Center.  So, I’m especially proud to plug his band. In the meantime, check out… Read more

As a bibliophilic teacher who held onto nearly every book he bought for college, I can’t say I’m thrilled by the “I’d rather just rent” attitude towards the value of books required for courses.  But on the upside the students who were going to re-sell their textbooks anyway probably now save much more on each book than they were paid back at the paltry buy-back rate of bookstores. The story: With demand for good deals on textbooks running high, Chegg’s… Read more

From the Buddha, via Camels With Hammers’ own Dave Smith: Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after… Read more

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali apparently equates reconsideration of moral prejudices being “rolled over by culture and trends.” He said the church welcomed gay people, “but we want them to repent and be changed.” He was quoted as saying that people who depart from traditional Biblical teaching “don’t share the same faith.” “We want to hold on to the traditional teaching of the church,” he told the newspaper. “We don’t want to be rolled over by culture and trends in the church.”… Read more

Two days ago I posted a link to a terrific radio show on highly unlikely events and the fascinating randomness at work even on the cellular levels of existence.  If you haven’t listened to it and you’re not well-versed in statistics already, I recommend taking the time, it’s really good. Thinking about that radio clip, I thought this was a good time to post a “Qualia Soup” video for the first time on the blog.  I hope to bring them… Read more

Solid Video, the first ~5 minutes are a great little take on the practical uses of Cartesian reasoning and then the case is made for restricting our claims to naturalistic ones. Overall, he makes an interesting case against the word “atheism” and, more importantly, a crucial case against the misleading notion that atheism is a “belief just like religious beliefs.” Read more

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