Average Girl On The Radio

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

Chegg Profits Off Of Renting Textbooks

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

Quote For The Day

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 of Church of England Doesn’t “Share Same Faith” As Those Who Accept Homosexuality

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

Qualia Soup: “It *could* just be coincidence”

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

The Case For Naturalism (And A Great Take On The Practical Import Of Descartes)

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

Daily Hilarity: “Hitler Learns of Michael Jackson’s Death”

More bad news for Hitler: Read more

Another Brave Protector of Morality In The News

Marion Barry. Pam’s House Blend puts the story in perspective: Our divine “moral compass” and declarant of “civil war” on same-sex marriage was arrested and charged last night in DC for stalking a woman in Anacostia Park. How much are you willing to bet the religious fanatics won’t be circulating a referendum petition to remove the morally corrupt and divorced 4 times Barry from office? Oh the hypocrisy keeps growing, and it’s only been a week since “sanctity of marriage” Sanford f**ked around… Read more

This Week In Homophobia

He first laments that this “tiny, tiny fraction” of the nation dominates the news but then laments (without any evidence of either fact or causation) that “Whenever a nation embraces this so-called ‘lifestyle’, it ends up on  the garbage heap of history.” Who knew a tiny, tiny fraction of people loving according to their natural inclinations, living openly and proudly embracing their actual identities and loves publicly, and being able to share their health benefits with each other could destroy… Read more

Catch Up! Chip In!

Since philosophical posts don’t age quickly, it’s not too late to catch up on some of my thought pieces featured on the blog the last week and a half.  Here’s a handy compendium if you’re looking to make sure you didn’t miss anything: First of course, there is the most sustained discussion in the blog’s history: The “Shane Series,” which I hope you take the time to see all the way through: Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1 Objections… Read more

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