Ed Feser on the Reason Rally

Ed Feser has a post up denouncing the Reason Rally on the grounds that it is a mass gathering and all mass gatherings are bad. Among other things, Feser wonders if there will be a “Two Minutes Hate” at the rally. I am suddenly eagerly looking forward to his denunciation of the next Catholic World [Read More...]

The problem with Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comments

Over at the Center for Inquiry’s blog, Ben Radford decided to use the Rush Limbaugh “slut” incident to tell skeptics not to be dicks. There are so many things wrong with this article, but I’m going to start by saying what I think was wrong with Limbaugh’s comments, so I can then explain where Radford’s [Read More...]

I have officially stopped cleaning out my spam filter

When I started this blog, I initially tried to check the comment spam filter semi-regularly to see if legitimate comments were getting blocked. A few were, and I hit “not spam” on them. But as I type this, I now have 1,029 comments in the spam filter, and there’s no way I’m going to find [Read More...]

Feeling good vs. doing good

Via Coquette, on Koch 2012: [Read more...]


Gregg Easterbrook’s The Progress Paradox and Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature are two books both about how much better life has gotten, relative to how it used to be. But they treat the word “utopia” in very different ways. First, Pinker: [Read more...]

Don’t say I’m one of the good atheists

In the comments on the Not So Different post, someone told me, “Chris, you are one of the actually reasonable atheists, and I enjoy your blog and have your book on UFO’s et al.” Sounds nice, but you know what? Don’t say stuff like that. It’s incredibly obnoxious. Here’s why. [Read more...]

Scientists making use of philosophy

A few months ago, on my old blog, I did a “so what do people want me to write about?” thread, and got one request I wasn’t sure how to respond to at first: “I’d like to see the proper relationship between science and philosophy.” The problem with trying to answer this question is that [Read More...]

A change of pace on religious craziness

Personally, after a while I get bored reading about religious believers saying crazy things about evolution and homosexuality, so I like it when they throw some variety my way and say crazy things about other topics, like global warming. Here’s from an interview with U.S. Senator James Inhofe (via Jerry Coyne):  [Read more...]

Seeing the stupid

Once upon a time, I tried to learn to play poker. I never learned to play very well, but I did learn some other interesting things along the way. For one thing, David Sklansky’s books have a lot of game theory. But on a more practical level, one of the books I read had a [Read More...]