Archives for September, 2008

My friends, I have just read one of the dopiest essays I have ever seen in my life (and regular readers of this blog know that’s really saying something.) It is called “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: Our Best Universities Have Forgotten that the Reason They Exist is to Make Minds, Not Careers,” and…

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What is it With Hitchens?

Over at Discover‘s blog, Melissa Lafsky has an interesting account of a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Lorenzo Albecete, on the subject of — what else? — God. Lafsky writes:

Harris on Palin

Be sure to have a look at Sam Harris’ excellent editorial about Sarah Palin in the current issue of Newsweek magazine: We have endured eight years of an administration that seemed touched by religious ideology. Bush’s claim to Bob Woodward that he consulted a “higher Father” before going to war in Iraq got many of…

Behold the Nation’s Leading Apologists

As a near-perfect corroboration of my assertion, in the previous post, that religion has been pushed straight out of the back seat and into the trunk as a respectable intellectual enterprise, check out the line-up of speakers at a forthcoming apologetics conference in Charlotte, NC this November. Mind you, the conference website bills these folks…

Wisdom From Weinberg

Steven Weinberg has a characteristically insightful essay in The New York Review of Books on the conflict between science and religion. He writes, with respect to people who insist there is no conflict between them: Some scientists take this line because they want to protect science education from religious fundamentalists. Stephen Jay Gould argued that…

McCain is an Embarrassment

Yesterday, John McCain said this: We know there has been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street. And people are frightened by these events. Our economy still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong. “The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” is a standard cliche politicians use when faced with a shock to…

Maddow States it Plain

So far I’m really liking Rachel Maddow’s new MSNBC show. She reminds me a lot of what Keith Olbermann used to be (and sometimes still is). On last night’s edition she had a nice summary of precisely how pathetic the McCain campaign has been recently:

Carnival of Evolution, #2

Update (9/16/08) : I forgot to include the link to the evolution carnival mothership! Please go here for more information. Its carnival time! Thanks to everyone who sent me submissions for the big party. There were too many, alas, to respond to each one individually, but I appreciate the opportunity to sample so much good…

Brown on Good Religion

The Anglican Church has decided to apologize to Darwin for the rude manner in which their nineteenth century forebears responded to evolution. That’s decent of them, I suppose. Spearheading the effort is Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs. In this article, entitled “Good Religion Needs Good Science,” he makes his case for the…

Greene on the LHC

Brain Greene had a useful op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times. He’s discussing all the fuss about the Large Hadron Collider: After more than a decade of development and construction, involving thousands of scientists from dozens of countries at a cost of some $8 billion, the “on” switch for the collider was thrown this week.…

God Bless Matt Damon

I liked Matt Damon even before this, but now I am definitely going to see any movie he is in:

Campaign Watch II

Yes, another political post. What can I say? Here’s Michael Kinsley providing still more evidence that the Sarah Palin seen on television and discussed by the media bears little resemblance to the Sarah Palin that has been governing Alaska for the last two years:

Campaign Watch

Here’s the latest bit of wisdom from Sarah Palin: McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaking in Colorado Springs, Colo., said Fannie and Freddie had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers.” The companies, however, aren’t taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during…

The Republican Convention

Anyone surprised by how the Republican Convention is going? The McCain campaign to this point has been nearly one hundred percent negative, and the convention has continued that trend. There are several reasons for this. One is simply that they have nothing to run on, having made a hash of everything they have touched for…