7 Quick Vid Takes (9/2/11)

--1-- Last week: literature and language, this week: YouTube clips.  (And the process of clearing out my Quick Takes link list carries on apace).  No explicit theme, but I suppose you could play stereotypical-Leah-interests bingo, or something.(Fractal geometry is the FREE space on this bingo board, natch). --2-- If advertisements for malls were usually this charming, maybe I wouldn't regard them as a blight on civilization.  One English mall shows 100 years of fashion (and dance moves) in … [Read more...]

7 Quick Lit Takes (8/19/11)

If you're coming here from Conversion Diary, you may be interested in yesterday's post "Checking My Biases" which is a direct response to Jen's "First You Must Be Willing To Lose it All" post. --1-- I've been a little delinquent about posting 7 Quick Takes for the past few weeks, so I've picked a topic I know I can get excited about and it's time to clear out my cache of literature and language related links.And in fun offline book news, I found a sci-fi book club in DC!  I'll be reading … [Read more...]

7 Quick Potters (7/15/11)

Before I start the Quick Takes, I have to announce the next stage of my Ideological Turing Test -- a challenge for individual Christians and Atheists to see how well they understand each other.  This past week, Christians and atheists both answered questions about Christianity and the atheists tried to are trying to imitate Christian respondents well enough to blend in with them.  Now, you can be the judge.  Read through the responses and vote on whether you think each entry was written by a sinc … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/8/11)

--1-- This week, I've been posting all the entries in my Ideological Turing Test Contest - a challenge for individual Christians and Atheists to see how well they understand each other.  This week, Christians are trying to imitate Atheists well enough to be indistinguishable from them.  Next week, the atheists will return the favor.  (All inspired by Bryan Caplan's Ideological Turing Test. --2-- For this contest to work, I need you all to vote on which of the answers you think were written by … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (7/1/11)

--1-- This week's Quick Takes theme (for as long as I can sustain it) is interfaith dialogue.  If you're not a regular reader of this blog, I'd like to invite you to stick around this week to help judge the our first ever ideological Turing Test (inspired by Bryan Caplan).  This week, a slate of atheists and Christians will all answer questions intended for atheists honestly, or as they expect atheists would answer them.  It's up to you to vote and see if you can spot the impostors or if the con … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (6/10/11)

--1-- It's been a very active commenting week here, which is exciting, but a little frustrating to me, since I'm packing/organizing in preparation for my DC move, and it limits my ability to respond as much as I'd like.  Happily, commenters are frequently picking up the slack.  When I asked a question about Christian epistemology (inspired by a Yudkowsky post), Matt Shafer, Brian Green, and Kevin all graciously offered explanations of their beliefs and answered some questions.  T … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (6/3/11)

--1-- I had the privilege of guestblogging at Daylight Atheism last week (all posts available here), so I'd like to kick off this week's Seven Quick Takes by featuring a recent post by Adam, the creator of Daylight Atheism.  In "The Logic of Genocide" he asked penetrating questions about the kinds of rationalizations apologists in the mold of William Lane Craig use to justify Old Testament slaughter.  They rarely allow these explanations to be applied in any other cir … [Read more...]