7 Quick Takes (10/29/10)

  --1-- Halloween's coming up, so let's start with something spooky.  The video below is of a Japanese robot that was designed to emulate human facial expressions and is startlingly good at it.(h/t Gizmodo)--2--  For me, the fright comes from the fact that I'm pretty sure I would have a difficult time telling the robot in the video apart from an organic human in many contexts.  The movements in the video were a little herky-jerky, but it was also clear that the … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/21/10)

--1-- I've been terribly deficient w/r/t blogging this week, so I pledge to make it up by posting this weekend (especially the promised response to Peter Somerville's criticism of my post on the (im)morality of drone strikes).For today, I shall fill out the remainder of my seven takes with paired posts. --2-- Disappointing Democrats  (Part 1) Like pretty much everyone in the atheist blogosphere, I'm extremely upset by the new attack ad that Democrat Jack Conway is running against Rand … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/8/10)

--1-- Sorry for the delay in keeping up with my posts on sin and human nature.  It's been a crazy week at school (I was busy running logistics for a debate on gay marriage between Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry).  You can check out the Yale Daily News's coverage of the debate here.I'll be making up for the lost time by writing posts in the series over the weekend.  The first topic coming up will be my most-cited historical ex … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/1/10)

--1-- This week at Unequally Yoked, I've been discussing the three questions/concerns that best summarize why I do not believe in Christianity.  I started with questions about conversions and ended up, unsurprisingly, on the subject of math.  (Again).I really appreciate your comments, and I'll be writing a talkback post today, so if you have questions/disagreements, please speak out.  I'll announce the topic for next week's series this weekend.  (Right now, I'm leaning towards a di … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/24/10)

--1-- This week feels like last week all over again.  Once again, I'm due for another response to Justin Martyr on gay adoption.  That post will run next week.  I'm also still not quite done with my sequence of posts on the theology of Diane Duane's Young Wizards series.  The last post in that sequence will go up some time this weekend.That means that a new featured sequence will start next week... --2-- And speaking of which: this week I ran into some representatives from Yale Students fo … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes (9/17/10)

--1-- I've been enjoying working on this week's series on using Diane Duane's novels as a lens for explaining why I feel uncomfortable with Christianity.  I'll be doing at least one more post on this topic, and then a wrap-up.  Additionally, I have news on the RCIA front that I'll be able to post this weekend.  --2-- Meanwhile, at The Faith Heuristic, Justin is dissatisfied with my answers about to his questions about the ethics of surrogate motherhood.  I'll be responding to his cri … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/10/10)

  --1-- This week I announced my revamped posting schedule for the blog, and the new series on the only religion I ever wished I could convert to will start on Sunday.In the meantime, I thought I'd use the 7 Quick Takes this week to give a rundown of what I get up to at school, especially as a belated apology/explanation for the sparse posts as school was kicking off. --2-- First things first.  I'm a senior political science major, and I'm also in a 5-year Masters program in Public … [Read more...]