7 Quick Takes (8/13/10)

--1-- One slight redesign this week.  You'll notice at the top of the blog a new tab marked 'Featured Series.'  You can use this page to browse through special sequences of linked posts on this blog.  Check out my math and morality series or my sequence on gay marriage, the final post of which ("Do we care about marriage too much?" is now up). --2-- Over at the Huffington Post, I have a column up in response to the kerfuffle about Sarah Palin possibly rolling her eyes at a teacher.  Here's a q … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/5/10)

--1-- This week, I've been doing a special series of posts on math and morality.  A large number of my disagreements with my Catholic boyfriend can be boiled down to the fact that he thinks absolute morality is untenable without God.  I've been posting about my epistemology and experiential claims in an attempt to explain why he's wrong.  You can check out an index of the series here. --2-- I wish there'd been a little more attention to math at First Things this week.  Although I normally enjo … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/30/10)

--1-- Starting on Sunday, I'm going to be doing a series of six linked posts on how my exploration of mathematics gave me a framework for understanding and discussing absolute morality.  Posts topics will include how to be moral when you don't have perfect knowledge of morality and the ways God is like a cylinder, and why that's a problem.It all kicks off here on Sunday with a post on the superb Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.  --2-- Atul Gawande's piece in The New Yorker … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/23/10)

--1-- The universe has seen fit to give me an excellent birthday present this year.  On Wednesday, I discovered this video of my new favorite machine in the whole world: a train that lays its own tracks!  I am a total eight-year-old boy when it comes to big noisy machines.  Pity the person who got stuck behind me on a narrow escalator the other day.  The escalator next to ours was being repaired, so I stopped walking and hung halfway over the rail trying to get a good look at the guts of the esc … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/16/10)

--1-- Hello, visitors from Jen's Conversion Diary!  If you'd like a quick introduction to this blog, you may want to check out yesterday's post giving a preview of upcoming topics inspired by back and forth with the commenters.  Soon to come: why God is not like a hurricane!  Why morality is kind of like a hypercube!  Hope you stick around for the discussion. --2--I've got a new opinion piece up on the Huffington Post today titled "The Only Law of Facebook is Fatwa" on the strange evo … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/9/10)

--1-- I have a new piece up at The Huffington Post titled "A Tale of Phrenologists and Predatory Lenders"  One preview quote from the piece: When is a product so harmful that it ought not be sold at all? When is a product so noxious that we can conclude that no one would freely choose to buy it if s/he was fully informed? Go on over and check it out! --2-- My debate with Justin Martyr concluded this week, but, unsurprisingly, we still have a lot we disagree about!  He has a new post up a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/2/10)

--1-- My debate with Justin Martyr of The Faith Heuristic is drawing to a close.  His rebuttal to my opening statement is up here.  My final post in this series will be up by Sunday.  (This post will be sponsored by antibiotics and the friendly staff of Washington DC's walk-in medical clinic.  Thanks for getting me back on my feet guys!). --2--An interesting development following the ouster of Austrailian PM Kevin Rudd: his successor Julia Gillard is an atheist! Interesting that the way a … [Read more...]


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