Objective Morality and Hard to Get at Truths

Bob Seidensticker has been checking out C.S. Lewis, and he's put up a post explaining why he still doesn't think it makes sense to talk about morality as objective.  I'm going to reply over here, but I'd love to have Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist step in and backstop me.You see, back when Hemant and I were scrapping on Justin Brierley's radio show, Hemant agreed with me that the Taliban are flat out wrong about the moral status of women, as wrong as people who think the earth is flat.  I w … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/19/12)

--- 1 --- In the midst of the discussion on how to translate "I AM THAT I AM" into languages that don't have a "to be" verb (like ASL), I found out the following things:The technical term for this kind of linking verb is copula One of my readers knows that Klingon also lacks "to be" and provided a possible translation E-Prime (short for English Prime) is a reimagining of English that cuts "to be" and all conjugations of the verb out of the languageThe reasoning behind this project … [Read more...]

Want to do a mitzvah for Greta Christina?

Greta Christina, an atheist blogger, has been struggling with grief the last few weeks after the death of her father.  Unfortunately, she's also just been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.  She transitioned to full time writing and speaking earlier this year, which means being slowed down by illness and treatment has a huge impact on her finances.She's asking for donations (and book recommendations), and I'm chipping in (and shipping Arcadia).  I know I've got a crossover audience, so I wan … [Read more...]

“To Be or not To Be” How to frame the question?

I've been doing lectio divina in the Gospel of John, and I found myself paying a lot of attention to the use of the verb "to be."  (I was thinking about the I am that I am answer that God gives to Moses when asked for his name).But then I got a bit distracted by a nerdy translation question: How do people translate Exodus 3:14 ("And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you") into languages that don't inclu … [Read more...]

A Binder Full of Women in Every Pot!

I tend to watch the debates with Twitter and Facebook open.  When both candidates are committed to not answering the question asked, my temper gets short, and I need the snarky tweets of Tristyn to be able to go on without hitting something.  So I saw the memification of "binders full of women" play out in real time, and I was ticked off.If you care to pop over to The Huffington Post, I have a piece up praising the actual content of Romney's answer: There are a lot of things about Romney I d … [Read more...]

Tell Me Which Women Scientists/Authors/Geeks Inspire You

There is a big old fight happening in the comments thread of my Ada Lovelace Day post.  That's totally fine, but I do want people to share recommendations, without risking being drawn into an argument or having to scroll past discussions of differing rates of married male and female saints to find the suggestions.So, normal commenting rules are suspended for this post.Here's what you can post:Women in STEM fields (living or dead, fiction or nonfictional) that you'd like us to know mo … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I hope you all have parties planned.  In case you don't remember from last year's celebration, Ada Lovelace day is a time to celebrate and bring attention to women in science, tech, and math.  Here's how it got started and how it works today: Ada Lovelace Day was launched in 2009 with a simple pledge on British civil action site, Pledgebank. Nearly 2,000 people signed up to blog about a woman in technology whom they admired on 24 March. The day was an astounding success, with contributors wr … [Read more...]


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