Honest Trailers: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Even though I loved the Star Wars prequels, I have also grown to love the attacks on them too (at least those that are funny and insightful, rather than tedious and unimaginative). The latest entry in the anti-prequel canon is part of the great “Honest Trailers” series: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

How To Soften People’s Stances On Issues

The BBC has an article that puts experimental research behind advice I’ve long been giving based on my experience as a philosopher and a philosophy professor: A little over a decade ago Leonid Rozenblit and Frank Keil from Yale University suggested that in many instances people believe they understand how something works when in fact [Read More...]

XKCD’s Randall Monroe’s Ted Talk Answering “What If” Questions

The man behind XKCD, live, answering what about what would happen if a baseball were thrown at near the speed of light and “if all Google’s data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” Thanks to Shira for the heads up! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Is Morality Relative?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. In my last two posts, I have talked about various things people mean when they say morality is subjective. There are more meanings to cover, but for now I would like to address an interrelated problem that is [Read More...]

One Way To See Sisyphus Happy

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Background. By Existentialist Comics. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Elton John + System of a Down = “Crocodile Chop”

This mash up of some of System of a Down’s vocals for “Chop Suey” with the instrumentals and wordless vocals of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” is a pretty unnerving and intriguing work of serendipitous art in its own right: Bonus, starting at 1:48 you can watch Elton John play Crocodile Rock on The Muppet Show: [Read More...]

Feeling Old.

Some perspective: Take THAT Buzzfeed. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Handy Summation of Legal Limits on Prayer at Legislative Sessions

Restrictions on Legislative Prayer after Greece v Galloway

Greece v. Galloway gave much too much latitude for sectarian prayer at legislative meetings. (I’m against all ceremonial prayers at all government sponsored events for the reasons I spelled out in this post and I am especially offended at the concept of allowing sectarian prayers as the Court just did. As I read the entire decision and then discussed it with my [Read More...]

For The Bible Tells Me So, A Documentary Chronicling Conservative Christian Homophobia

Since Tuesday, I have been talking about the devastating impact of the conservative Christian church on LGBT youth. The other night, via an old Libby Anne post I serendipitously happened upon this relevant documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which is all about how conservative Christians demonize gays and what it’s like growing up gay [Read More...]


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