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Protecting the Children

When you hear someone shriek that we need to “protect the children” (like Maude Flanders or was it Rev. Lovejoy’s wife?) as justification for a law or policy, you can be pretty sure that liberty is about to be impinged. After all, what was Socrates executed for? Corrupting the minds of the children. With that…

DarkSyde Interviews Olduvai George

My old pal DarkSyde has published an interview at Unscrewing the Inscrutable with Carl Buell, better known as Olduvai George. Buell, as I mentioned last week, is a brilliant illustrator who has done the illustrations for numerous books on science and evolution. Most notably, he did all the illustrations for Carl Zimmer’s wonderful book At…

Dembski Gets a Parody Blog

William Dembski has gotten the honor of an official parody blog, Uncommon Dissent. The author, using the nom de plume of TH Huxley (I would have chosen Asa Gray myself), does a post-by-post mockery of Dembski’s blog. It’s not terribly good, but I’ll say this – he’s a hell of a lot brighter than Robert…

Tangled Bank Is Up

The Tangled Bank, a weekly blog carnival devoted to science, is up for this week and, without my knowledge, I’m linked in it. Given the excellent company of bloggers, which include PZ Myers, Orac and many other fine folks, I’m happy that someone nominated me for it and happy to be included. Go check it…

Am I a Conservative?

There’s a site called Unpartisan.com that links to my site a lot. Unpartisan.com is a computer-generated RSS feed that tracks big news stories and the reaction to them from around the blogosphere, then provides links to them. They pride themselves on covering both left and right equally because the computer picks all of the blog…

Skeptic’s Circle

The latest edition of the Skeptic’s Circle is available at Be Lambic or Green. It has links to lots of interesting posts in the skeptical vein.

Buy These Harmful Books!

Via Radley Balko comes this amusing link. The very right wing newspaper Human Events took a poll of prominent conservatives to get a list of the most harmful books ever written. The list was pretty much what you’d expect, with Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto in the top ten. I was disappointed to see…

Goodbye, Mr. Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur has decided to leave the world of blogging, I am sad to report. Now that he is preparing to wed the lovely Erin and owns his own home (one can almost visualize the honey do list), the time and energy he has to devote to Freespace has dwindled and he has decided to…

In the Agora in the Major Media

The group blog that I write for as well, In the Agora, has received a big notice in the Indianapolis Star, which I imagine is probably one of the top 20 largest circulation newspapers in the country. They also took note of Radley Balko’s The Agitator. Congratulations to Paul and Josh and the rest of…

Jim Babka, the host of the radio show I was on a few days ago, has posted a report to his blog on how the show went. It seems he thought it went pretty much the way I thought it went: Brayton, who argued that the outcome of Terri’s case was correct, was well-prepared and…