7 Quick Takes (12/3/10)

--1-- I don't always do themed 7 Takes, but, as every newspaper insert has insistently told me, Christmas shopping season is coming up, so I'd like to use this blog carnival to highlight excellent books that I have loved, in case anyone is looking for inspiration.  In normal blogging news, I'll be posting the first part of my defense of covenant marriage this afternoon (sparked by this discussion), and I'd love feedback on yesterday's post about the problem of evil. --2-- This week was a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (11/19/10)

--1-- I may have a five hour problem set due at nine am, but that will have to wait, because tonight is......the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I'm off to the midnight showing.  With bells on. --2-- With the books done, and only one movie left, if you're looking for more Potter stories, you can't do better than Eliezer Yudowsky's ongoing story Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  Yudowsky's story focuses on a version of Harry that was raised in a loving, s … [Read more...]

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...]