Around the Blogosphere

I’m wondering if I should just rename these regular posts sharing other interesting items from other blogs should be permanently renamed “Lost in the Blogosphere”. For the next several weeks at least, it is unlikely that any of these posts will fail to mention LOST. At any rate, I have no particular speculations about tonight’s [Read More...]

Quote Of The Day (SBCOutpost)

“All I’m asking is for evangelicals in the Republican Party to give James Dobson the same kind attention we would give to our senile and increasingly erratic grandfathers. Love them. Listen to them. Laugh with them. Then make sure they take their medicine” (SBC Outpost blog entry “Focus on the Folly”) (HT Bene Diction Blogs [Read More...]

When The Cdesign Proponentsists Set Their Mind To Doing Real Scientific Research

The blog All Too Common Dissent has a blog entry about the Discovery Institute setting up The Biologic Institute to undertake real, serious scientific research. The institute was established in 2005. It is now 2007. What have they accomplished thus far? Apparently not even setting up their web page… Who needs parody, then the reality [Read More...]

Make Your Own Cartoons

For those who love a good cartoon on a topic of interest, there is no longer a need to either wait for one to appear in the paper, or wish you were a better artist. Now there is Toonlet, which facilitates making short comic strips. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to. If [Read More...]

The Argument From Incredulity

“I can’t imagine how this could possibly have happened. Therefore, it didn’t happen”. The argument from incredulity is a classic used by young-earth creationists, and more recently by cdesign proponentsists. Dave Scot at Uncommon Descent begins by posing the question “which came first, the caterpillar or the butterfly” and then goes on to present this [Read More...]

Christians With Closed Hearts And Minds

Mystical Seeker has drawn attention to the e-mail which a pastor received after announcing his participation in Evolution Weekend. The gist of it is “If evolution is true then these various beliefs of mine and other Christians are wrong; therefore, evolution cannot be true”. This is doubly problematic. First, just because something else being true [Read More...]

Positive Blogospheric Interference

After a student mentioned seeing Exodus Decoded to me after class today, I found myself thinking about one positive aspect of scholarly blogging, and of web-based scholarly publications and sites in general. When a documentary, a book, an article or an interview appears making sensational claims, the response is immediate in a way that was [Read More...]

Parenting Robotic Offspring

Tonight’s episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles made the link between artificial intelligence and parenting more explicit than previously. We make creatures in our image and delude ourselves that we can control them, but we cannot. Sarah characterizes humans in distinction from machines as unpredictable and irrational. Which do we really fear? The irrationality [Read More...]

LOST in the Blogosphere

Beliefnet had a recent entry on “spiritual moments” in LOST (HT The Lead and In the Open Space). For those eager to find the latest previews and spoilers from LOST, there is a whole blog devoted to them. It looks like this week’s episode will fill us in more on the finding of Oceanic 815 [Read More...]

Yossi Nagar, Forensics and Israelite Origins

A while back I joined as a contributor to the Ancient World Bloggers Group. Today, at long last, I made my first post on that blog, which I am also reproducing here. It relates in particular to the work of an Israeli anthropologist who is featured in a documentary, part of which my class on [Read More...]

Eli Stone

I taped Eli Stone after watching the season premiere of LOST, not only to see the Oceanic Airline commercial that was promised to feature in it. The series is about a lawyer who begins having ‘visions’ or ‘hallucinations’. It is discovered that he has a brain aneurism – as his father presumably had, but it [Read More...]