Buy Obama and Gingrich? (on Intrade)

This is another post about politics, but instead of telling you who (not) to vote for, I want to dip into talking about what, just as a matter of fact, is most likely to happen. The discussion is going to focus around Intrade, a site that lets you bet on the outcome of various events, [Read More...]

Racism, misogyny, and those nasty Italian Fascists

A couple weeks before I made the switchover to Freethought Blogs, there was an internet dustup between Greta Christina and DJ Grothe (President of the James Randi Educational Foundation). I started a post series on it, then put the series on hold while the change over happened, and now the blog conversation has already shifted [Read More...]

Tweak to comment policy

I am officially adding being really, really, weird to the list of delete/ban/disemvowell-able offenses. That is all. [Read more...]

Sign petition to get Arizona high school to follow the law

So: some students Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix Arizona want to start a branch of the Secular Student Alliance there. The high school says they have to collect signatures of students saying they’re OK with the club forming. This is entirely illegal. The law says that if a school allows any non-academic clubs, they [Read More...]

Strange times: culture wars vs. cultural-demographic trends

We (I’m talking USians here) live in strange times. A post by Will Wilkinson on Newt Gingrich captures a lot of that strangeness: [Read more...]

Christian philosopher comes to love Lord Krishna

Christian philosopher Michael Sudduth has announced his conversion to Vaishnava Vedanta (he seems to think the “Hindu” label is misleading). Bill Vallicella (who I criticized yesterday) has posted a long letter from Sudduth explaining his conversion (HT: Mark Vuletic). Here’s a sampling: [Read more...]

Curious comment by Plantinga about evolutionary psychology

Alvin Plantinga’s latest book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, contains a brief discussion of evolutionary psychology. Not surprisingly, he’s suspicious of it. But there’s one especially strange comment that I missed when I wrote my review: [Read more...]

Playing gotcha with philosophical jargon

Philosopher Bill Vallicella has a response to what he calls an “outburst” by Jerry Coyne. He focuses on the following “sophomoric blunder”: [Read more...]

Don’t vote for a politician like Obama. Just don’t do it. Ever.

A month ago on Facebook I wrote: [Read more...]


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