Darth Vader Tebowing

Someone snapped this photo of Darth Vader, tebowing in celebratory thanksgiving to his lord, after cutting the opposing team into 316 pieces in the Jedi vs. Sith football championship. Fans of the team may wish to purchase this commemorative statue, “Vader Tebowing,” for the low price of only 499.95 Imperial Credits. [Read more...]

Droids with Feelings (or is it Existential Angst?)

I’ve actually written some serious treatments of whether machines can ever be people, including in my chapter in Religion and Science Fiction. The series of posters that IO9 highlighted today about droids suffering from what they described as “low self esteem” actually seem to me to depict them doing more than that, reflecting on very [Read More...]

New Technology for Dealing with Slow Walkers

This video from Japan shows the latest in cutting-edge, innovative technology, designed to allow fast walkers to circumvent slower ones. You know you’ve wanted to be able to do this. So what is it? A jetpack? Levitating surfboard? Watch and see! Apparently these are already available in some stores in the English-speaking world. HT Jonathan [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Gunfighters

The Doctor Who episode “The Gunfighters” is a light-hearted one with lots of comedy. The Doctor and his companions end up in Tombstone in the wild West. There the Doctor gets mistaken for Doc Holliday and deputized by Wyatt Earp (whom he persistently refers to as “Mr. Wearp”) while Stephen and Dodo are forced to [Read More...]

Jesus on the Mayan Calendar, 2012, and (not) living every day as though it were your last

HT Prophets and Pop Stars And in case you’re wondering if Jesus had a sense of humor… [Read more...]

What Did Noah Do With The Hermaphrodite, Transsexual and Other Such Animals?

Isabella Rossini asks: Or perhaps one could say that if Noah only took heterosexual organisms on his ark, then evolution has done some interesting things with them since then.  :-) HT Vridar [Read more...]

Picking and Choosing

From Calamities of Nature HT Evolving Thoughts [Read more...]

The Best Footnote Ever, In The Best Introduction Ever?

HT Marc Cortez UPDATE: The book in question is Stats: Modeling the World (or perhaps the first edition, which was called Stats: data and models, which included the same footnote) written by David E. Bock, Paul F. Velleman, and Richard D. De Veaux. [Read more...]

History is to Mythicism and Science is to Creationism as McDonald’s is to…

In discussing areas related to my teaching and interests lately, whether Biblical studies or biological science, the question has come up whether it might not make sense to actually examine an example of pseudoscholarship or junk science in teaching students to recognize the real thing. It is easy enough to say that young-earth creationism is [Read More...]

Zombie Intellectuals

HT Marc Cortez (This is for all my zombie-loving friends out there – you know who you are.) [Read more...]

It’s a Biblical Studies Carnival, Jim, But Not As We Know It!

Jim Linville has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, and it is full of humor, Biblical studies, and sci-fi (with a particularly large dose of Terry Pratchett). Click through to read and enjoy it! Thank you, Jim, for a delightful carnival! [Read more...]


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