Housekeeping Note

When I made the move over to Patheos last October, all my post tags got wiped out. I was much too lazy to deal with retagging for a while, but I'm working through the backlog at 5 posts a day. Sometimes I notice that a series of linked posts never got a Sequence Index post, so don't be surprised or confused if new ones pop up in your RSS reader. … [Read more...]

Post-Chicago Update + Radio Interview

up yours illustration

I had a lovely time at Chicago Ideas Week, and my 15 minute talk on the Ideological Turing Test and how to have better fights should be online in about a month. For a preview of what my co-panelists and I talked about, you can check out the image above. Chicago Ideas Week contracted with Ink Factory to have posters drawn during each of the talks that highlighted key ideas.  I'm standing in front of the illustration they generated during Religion: Exploring the Unexpected.  I'm trying to point at … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/12/12)

--- 1 --- Vi Hart is continuing her lovely videos on hexaflexagons!  Catch up on installment one, and then watch the video below (in which Feynman enters our narrative, so everything gets very wonderful, very fast).  --- 2 --- I'm a little nervous about sequel/prequels, but my queasy feelings about Monsters University, are very slightly calmed by the kickass website that Pixar put together for the titular school.  It's incredibly detailed (down to an events calendar and police sa … [Read more...]

The Generic God of the Stump Speech

Patheos bloggers are roundtabling on issues of faith and politics in the run-up to the election.  This week's prompt is: "What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today?  For instance: How should church and state be separated, and how should they work together? Does one side manipulate faith more than another? How do you see you the candidates appealing to voters of faith?"I was ticked off during the Democratic National Convention when the party crowbarred a … [Read more...]

I’m speaking at Chicago Ideas Week today!

I'm on the Religion panel, and I think my talk on the Ideological Turing Test and fostering productive fights will go up online.  I'll keep you posted.  Oh, and in honor of the talk, I've finally overhauled my pre-conversion "About Me" tab above.  Want to take a look and give me any notes in the comments of this post?  I'll have time for a few revisions after my plane touches down.  Older versions of the "About" description are archived here, for comparison purposes.And while I'm aloft, chec … [Read more...]

A Disquisition on the Nature of Love, or, Contra Ron/Hermione

Ron's face is how I feel about this pairing

See, this is exactly why I love culture-wide book clubs.  I mention Harry Potter in passing, and you all start discussing the proper nature of love, and whether Ron/Hermione or any of the other case studies we're all quite familiar with from the series, fit the mold.I said that one of the reasons I hate the Ron/Hermione pairing is that Ron has, at best, apathy and at worst contempt for Hermione's curiosity and brightness.  I didn't she, or anyone else, should you marry someone wh … [Read more...]

New Years Come and Go So Quickly Around Here

First there was the start of the fiscal year, then the beginning of school (I still haven't broken myself of the habit of marking time in semesters), then Rosh Hashanah, and now, sneaking in just before Advent, is start of the Year of Faith (beginning on Oct 11, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council).I've signed up for two interesting readings meant to supplement the year, so I wanted to pass on the information to the Catholic (or just very curious) readers of the blog.The … [Read more...]