7 Quick Takes (11/12/10).

--1-- This post is up late, and a little less verbose than usual, since I had an exam this morning.  To make it up, I promise that I'll be posting this afternoon/evening to respond to Dom's question posted last week during the John Loftus kerfuffle: So I've got a question which I'd love to see you write a full-on post about, if you've the time or inclination, because it's preventing a lot of the things you and Loftus have been tossing back and forth with each other from cohering in my head... … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (11/5/10)

  --1-- As a true blue Democrat, the events of Tuesday night were a little hard for me to take, so I'm going to need the blogging equivalent of chocolate (good for Dementors and defeats) to be able to go on.  Here goes:From a photo caption from a story about Merle Haggard (via Jeff Weintraub): The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall. --2--  Oh man, even amusing grammar errors that help … [Read more...]

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...]