7 Quick Takes (9/23/11)

--1-- Sorry to be late on my post on gender-disparity of choice in parenting (a follow-up to "A Soup Nazi Approach to Sex" and "Sexual Responsibility and Culpability").  I've had a busier week at work and in the evening than I anticipated.  I promise you'll have it by Saturday.  Can I make it up to you all by letting you know that licking skulls is a frequently used field test among physical anthropologists?No foolin'. --2-- In another case of counter-intuitive methods of inference, John C … [Read more...]

7 Quick Science Takes (9/9/11)

--1-- Yesterday I ran a post on science fiction and philosophy and the next one coming up is going to be on the distinction between science fiction and fantasy.  So let's make this a science-themed edition of quick-takes (as if I needed an excuse).But before we move off sci-fi entirely, I want to link to a post on this topic by John C. Wright, an atheist-to-Catholic convert and Nebula nominee for his scifi writing.  When it first ran, the essay was titled "Aliens Need Christ's Redemption, T … [Read more...]

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...]