Archives for July 2011

Christmas in July

I decided to go ahead with my plan to call this post “Christmas in July” even though Matt Kelley also posted something on his blog with the same title today. I spent today – actually, yesterday, since it is past midnight – at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, with my son and some other [Read More…]

Intelligent Design Criminology

Since the issue of science and naturalism was brought up in connection with a recent post on intelligent design, I thought I would repost something I wrote a few years ago on the subject: The question to ask proponents of intelligent design is this: At what point the police should stop investigating an unsolved murder [Read More…]

A Literalist Account of Noah Preparing for the Journey on the Ark

Via Bob Cargill and Scott Bailey. I agree with Bob that trying to think through and fill in the details of the story in this literalist manner is probably the best and most convincing argument for not taking the story as literally, factually true. [Read more…]

LOST “Deleted Scenes” Reveals Man in Black’s Name and More!

In a hilarious “deleted scenes” clip from Comic Con, we learn that Jacob and the Man in Black knew where the show was going all along. [chuckle] HT Nik at Nite and IO9. And in addition to the following trailer from the next Doctor Who episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler,” which looks awesome… …the BBC web [Read More…]

Intelligent Design Can Leave You Scarred For Life

Many of us know that movements like intelligent design, and even more so young-earth creationism, can leave their adherents scarred for life if they eventually discover the extent to which they have been lied to and misled by proponents of these ideologies. But probably no such person will be scarred for life as this one. [Read More…]

Jesus: The Cold Case – Some Blog Reactions

Three blogs that I know of have blogged about the TV documentary Jesus: The Cold Case. Here they are: Remnant of Giants Otagosh Say Hello To My Little Friend They represent very different reactions. Did any readers of this blog see it? If so, what did you make of it? [Read more…]

You May Be A Geek If…

You may be a geek (to say nothing of a Trekkie) if, when working on the index of a book you edited on religion and science fiction, and you wonder – even if only for a moment – whether it is OK to put a reference to imperial Spock from the parallel universe in the [Read More…]

The Face of a Terrorist? Anders Behring Breivik and Christian Fundamentalism

Is this the face of a terrorist? It is perhaps too soon to say, if one takes the approach that one is innocent until proven guilty. But it is a photo of a suspected terrorist – Anders Behring Breivik, who Norwegian police have arrested in connection with the bombing and shooting that took place yesterday. [Read More…]

Is Google+ Useful?

I’ve seen notices on several blogs that people have been signing up for Google Plus. If you are among those who have done so, I would be interested in hearing your impressions thus far. Is Google+ useful? Does it look promising compared to Facebook? Is it like an Android tablet when you already have an [Read More…]

The Great Pharyngulation Experiment

The Urban Dictionary defines the verb “Pharyngulate” as To crash an online poll by publishing its link so that large numbers of blog readers will make their opinions known there, often shifting the results dramatically. The term comes from the name of P. Z. Myers’ popular blog Pharyngula. As someone interested both professionally and personally [Read More…]