Libby Anne on outrage blogging

A very good response by Libby Anne to my recent post on outrage and the atheist blogosphere: [Read more...]

William Lane Craig: young-earth creationism is an embarrassment

I’ve had difficulty finding any straightforward statements from William Lane Craig on evolution and creationism. Often, he hedges by throwing a few subtle encouragements to his anti-evolution fans while avoiding saying anything that would identify him. But in a recent podcast, he was very frank about young-earth creationism: [Read more...]

BS outrage and the atheist blogosphere

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A few days ago I stumbled across an article by David Wong titled “5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 5 Seconds.” One item in particular was uncomfortably familiar: “The Headline Is About a ‘Lawmaker’ Saying Something Stupid”: [Read more...]

I hope I’m not like this when I’m 70…

William G. Dever is one of the archaeologists fundamentalists sometimes cite as supporting their view of the Old Testament, so I thought I’d take a look at his work. I came across this essay, where the main point is that no Dever does not in fact accept Biblical inerrancy, but the first and last paragraphs [Read More...]

Yglesias says robots won’t take all our jobs, but might lead to more enforced happiness

So apparently there’s this big restaurant chain that’s sending mystery shoppers around to make sure that staff at restaurants in the chain act super-happy all the time. Matt Yglesias thinks this  is a sign of some more profound issues: [Read more...]

The Singularity Institute is now the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Yay! So now people will (hopefully) no longer mistake the Singularity Institute for a subsidiary of Ray Kurzweil. Notably, Kurzweil bought the Singularity Summit from the organization formerly known as the Singularity Institute, and probably there will be some continued working together on that front at least. [Read more...]

Beta testing a book: Chapter 6: The conflict between science and religion

Here you go. It’s basically a compilation of many of the blog post I’ve written this past month, but now you get to see what they look like combined together into a whole. For some reason, I found this chapter unusually frustrating to write, so I’m too sick of it to do a “highlights.” I feel like it [Read More...]

Redefining religion

Previously: Evolution, original sin, and the problem of evil [Read more...]

Evolution, original sin, and the problem of evil

Previously: Yes, creationism is religiously motivated [Read more...]


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