Dispatches from Irish Prisons, Pubs, etc

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--- 1 ---   My favorite part of my trip to Ireland avec ma mère occurred on our last full day when we visited Kilmainham Gaol, a prison built in the Benthamite style and used to incarcerate (and execute) many of Ireland's most famous political prisoners.  As you can see above, the panopticon design of one of the prison's wings lets guards observe all of the prisoners as easily as possible. The museum and tour were excellent.  I wish I'd gone earlier in the trip, since this was the stop … [Read more...]

Bracing for an Intelligence Explosion [Guest Post]

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While I’m on vacation in Ireland, I’ve invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, K.Chen followed on the virtues of YouTube covers, Ben Conroy talked about how stories enchant us, and today's post is from James D. Miller, an associate professor of economics at Smith College and the author of Singularity Rising. Mankind … [Read more...]

Interview with Atheist Ireland, Talk at The Irish Catholic tonight

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Tonight, I'll be out in Donnybrook to give a talk, hosted by The Irish Catholic on "Having Better Fights about Religion."  If you don't have time to make it to Dublin, it looks like the talk is going to be livestreamed through iCatholic (7pm in Dublin), and I'll post a link to the video (presuming it exists) after the fact. Earlier this week, I also sat down with Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland for a casual chat (which turned out to run about an hour and a half).  I've embedded the … [Read more...]

“Careful the Tale You Tell, That is the Spell” [Guest Post]

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While I’m on vacation in Ireland, I’ve invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, K.Chen followed on the virtues of YouTube covers, and the next entry is from Ben Conroy, a columnist at The Irish Catholic and an aspiring fantasy author. Anyone observing the human race for any length of time would very quickly … [Read more...]

Play it Again, YouTube! [Guest Post]

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While I'm on vacation in Ireland, I've invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, and the next entry is from K. Chen, who usually blogs at See Infra.   I’d like to open by thanking Leah for this opportunity to embarrass myself in front of a large audience made of strangers and the occasional debate opponent. Leah asked for … [Read more...]

Prayer Prompted by Communion [Guest Post]

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While I'm on vacation in Ireland, I've invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  The first entry is from Claire, who usually blogs at Laughing Joyously. Prostrate I adore Thee, Deity unseen, Who Thy glory hidest 'neath these shadows mean; Lo, to Thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed, Tranced as it beholds Thee, shrined within the cloud. From St. Thomas Aquinas’ Eucharistic hymn Adoro … [Read more...]

Staging Better Fights (in Ireland!)

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This Wednesday, I'll be giving a talk under the aegis of The Irish Catholic on techniques for having better fights about religion.  (Appropriately enough, the venue is in the 'Donnybrook' neighborhood of Dublin). Here's the event link and the full details (Wednesday, July 2 at 7pm in St Mary’s, Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. To book a place contact Geraldine on 01-6874095 or email  geraldine@irishcatholic.ie). If you'd like me to speak in your neck of the woods, you can always … [Read more...]


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