Sometimes They Go Bad

Monday’s episode (“Dungeons and Dragons”) of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles explored further the comparison between child rearing and the perils of artificial intelligence. This may have been too subtle for some viewers to pick up on, though. Key lines in the episode include the following: The reference to Skynet by its maker as having [Read More...]

The Golden Rule vs. Slavery

I have long had an interest in the Bible and slavery. The same arguments that were used by slaveholders to justify the institution are recycled again in later times in relation to gender roles, homosexuality, and other issues. This subject illustrates nicely the difference between those who at least claim to focus on the details [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Pisteuomen shared a YouTube video of George W. Bush, intending it to cast aspersions on his religious views, because they don’t match up with one particular Evangelical understanding of salvation. In fact, if anything, it makes Bush look better than he might have otherwise. You be the judge. R. T. Jones, by contrast, shows that [Read More...]

Future Scanner

If you are wondering what the future will bring, you no longer need a time machine to find out. Future Scanner will give you the best of the web and the blogosphere not for the years that have already been, but for those that are still to come. It’s worth a look! [Read more...]

Thanks for the Help, Satan!

Today in my class on Paul’s letters we discussed the passage where Paul tells the Corinthians to hand a particular individual over to Satan. Here’s what one student blogged about it (developing further on a comment she made in class): 1 Corinthians 4:5. “…you are to deliver this man to Satan 4 for the destruction [Read More...]

Shoehorning Evidence

Denyse O’Leary still doesn’t get it. Although if she is correct in claiming that Charles Walcott willfully ignored the implications of the Burgess Shale, which he discovered, then there might be an appropriate criticism to be made. But given that he gathered tens of thousands of specimens and returned to the site repeatedly, he was [Read More...]

Fundamentalists’ Worst Nightmare? Religious Education

There is an interesting post at The Secular Outpost responding to objections issuing from the Discovery Institute about (wait for it) introducing discussion of religion into the biology classroom. Why? Because it isn’t the right kind of religion. Talking about religion in public education has never been unconstitutional. Information about the Bible as literature can [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Noreen L. Herzfeld)

“Cybernetic immortality is the dream of a few highly educated North American white men. It provides a model for the continuance of the thoughts of a few but seems an unlikely way to offer immortality to the masses” (Noreen L. Herzfeld, In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002) p.75). [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Ritva H. Williams)

“Our deep immersion in cultures in which communication occurs primarily through print and electronic media that require high levels of literacy, together with the fact that the only extant artifacts of the Jesus movement and its successors are texts, have blinded us to the reality that the latter were produced in predominantly oral cultures” (Ritva [Read More...]

LOST Latest

As usual, this post is one big collection of spoilers if you missed tonight’s episode, which revealed Sayid to be one of the Oceanic Six. This is a brief list of the most crucial clues and further mysteries in this episode. Sayid is an assassin, and we learn at the very end of the episode [Read More...]

The Valentine’s Days Of Our Intelligent Design

I wasn’t sure quite how to include Valentine’s Day and Days of our Lives and Intelligent Design in a single title. But it is Valentine’s Day, and there is not a lot of love between some individuals in the blogosphere, and in particular between two individuals connected with Uncommon Descent: DaveScot and Denyse O’Leary. See [Read More...]

LOST in the Blogosphere

A recent visitor to the blog asked about the city reflected in the water in the LOST commercials and other promotional materials. We know they’re “not in Portland”, right? There has been a lot of discussion of this topic, but with no clear answers yet. Could it be LA? Is it supposed to be the [Read More...]

Happy Darwin Day: Thank God For Evolution!

Today we’ll be having a lunchtime pizza chat entitled “Thank God For Evolution?” Richard Dawkins has expressed gratitude for Darwin’s theory, as making it possible to be an intellectually-fulfilled atheist. But Francisco Ayala is one of many who has expressed gratitude for evolution as making it possible to be an intellectually-fullfilled Christian. If one had [Read More...]

The Brave One

Last night I watched The Brave One, Jodie Foster’s most recent movie. It provides an interesting opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Bible in a modern American setting. In the Biblical epoch, there was little other than vigilante justice. Murders were not resolved by impersonal criminal investigations by professional police, and tried by [Read More...]