A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wrote. In it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we [Read More…]

The Jesus Discovery and The Burial of Jesus

James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have a new book coming out in a couple of days, entitled The Jesus Discovery. Here’s the blurb from the Facebook page for the book: This book documents a new archaeological discovery in a 1st century Jewish tomb in Jerusalem that relates to the earliest faith of Jesus’ followers. The [Read More…]

Favorite Science Fiction Music: Theme from Star Trek – Deep Space Nine

There is some film music that is not just enjoyable because it sets the right mood for a scene, or announces that your favorite show is about to begin. It is simply wonderful musically, for whatever reason – whether emotional power, catchiness, or most likely both. I’m going to share a few of my favorites [Read More…]

Pixar to Produce Star Wars Episode IX

Not really, but that seemed like the appropriate title to go with this mash-up (or should that be mash-UP?) shared at IO9: [Read more…]

Ceiling Cat’s Commandments

HT Jerry Coyne. While this is worth sharing just as  religion and cat humor, it also connects with my interest in religion and science fiction. Thinking about what other species, whether terrestrial or extraterrestrial, might think about God or morality is an interesting thought experiment. And on that last topic, see this amusing bit of [Read More…]

Jesus: What I Really Do

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God: What I Really Do

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Expletives in Star Wars?

I’m not sure why Star Wars humor seems to reach me in waves, but regular readers will know that this is the third bit of Star Wars humor I’m sharing in 24 hours. HT Chris Tilling on Twitter. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Blogging the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, was the first I ever saw on Doctor Who. It therefore seems appropriate that it should be the episodes featuring the Fifth Doctor that I have finished blogging through first. Here are links to all my blog posts about Doctor Who episodes from the Peter Davison era: Castrovalva [Read More…]

Fringe: Visitors from an Amazing Future

Tonight’s episode of FRINGE, “The End of All Things,” provided answers – real, genuine answers – to some of the ongoing mysteries that have been with us since the first season. But let me back up for a moment and recall how we got here. The episode from two weeks ago, “Welcome to Westfield,” seemed to [Read More…]


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