Mid-vacation recap: now also an open thread!

Well, I seem to have gotten a decent amount of blogging done on this vacation of mine. I unfortunately haven’t gotten any book-writing done, which I will try to remedy next week. So you may see less of me next week. Or you may see more of me next week, as I’ll be spending my entire next week in one city without family to entertain.

But, the week’s posts for those of you who’ve may have missed a few of them:

One of my main pieces of actual writing this week was titled “Are religious believers stupid? Ignorant? Not worth talking to?” where I address some rather confused criticisms of the Gnu Atheists from Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse.

I also wrote about how the authors of the Old Testament were the Pat Robertsons of their day, why I moderate comments lightly, and a thought about the definition and usefulness of “philosophy.”

Though it was mostly quotes from other people, this post on Richard Dawkins’ and others’ defenses of Sam Harris generated quite a bit of discussion.

In the quick fun things department, there was Stephen Hawking on the afterlife, Baby reacts to baptism, and I love Reddit.

Finally, I had an open thread, a post on killfiles, and a call to sign a petition in support of an Indonesian atheist jailed for blasphemy.

Consider this thread itself another open thread. Discussion of any of the above topics especially welcome, but nothing is unwelcome. Specific question: how many of y’all use Google Plus? I’ve started sharing my blog posts there, so it’s one way to keep track of me in addition to Twitter and Facebook, but I haven’t been otherwise using it. Should I use it more?


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