Pharyngula

Carnivalia, and an open thread

By the way, the mysterious disappearance of this week’s Tangled Bank host is still unexplained, but Thoughts from Kansas has stepped forward to fill in the gap (thanks to you others who volunteered, too—I went through the list in the order the offers were received, and Josh was first). Give him a little time, he’s doing this on very short notice, and I’ll put up an announcement whenever it’s done.

I have forwarded to him all the submissions that were sent via me or host@tangledbank.net, but if you sent anything to metaanalysis directly, you might want to resend it to me.

Comments

  1. #1 Warren
    October 27, 2006

    Despite the absence of congress, duplicity and moronic behavior are still the rules of the day in DC.

    In almost direct opposition to Bush’s platform, the Fed has come out in favor of same-sex proms.

    Meanwhile, Bush was caught not paying close enough attention to a Discovery Channel program.

  2. #2 bernarda
    October 27, 2006

    No surprise that reactionary draft-dodging chickenhawk Rethuglican Limbaugh attacks Michael J. Fox, even though Fox did a similar ad for Arlen Specter in 2004. Here is another interview with Fox that shows what a scumbag–as if we didn’t know–Limbaugh is.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2210587

    Is Fox “acting” here too?

  3. #3 bernarda
    October 27, 2006

    Stewart Lee who wrote “Jerry Springer the Opera” tells about his encounters with xians.

    http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/

    Just scroll to the video.

  4. #4 quork
    October 27, 2006

    Buying pork on Eid


    And, although no Muslim I respect takes the Taliban seriously (we usually have Koranic debates in rumshops), all Muslims I have discussed the Taliban with defend them, ultimately erring on the side of the brother in faith rather than the brother in spirit. The extreme Islamic approach, exactly the same in tenor, depth and intelligence as the extreme Christian approach, is to err on the side of appeasing God…

  5. #5 quork
    October 27, 2006

    Stop the Presses!
    A rock formation has been found with a clear resemblance to a human figure, and it doesn’t look like either Jesus or his mother the virgin Mary!

  6. #6 poke
    October 27, 2006

    I just finished The God Delusion and, while I disagree with the points made in most every negative review I’ve read of it, I didn’t find it particularly great. It seemed rushed; he skims over things that would have been interesting, dwells on others that really aren’t, and frequently goes off on wild tangents. The very last section, which I just read, with the odd burka analogy (which, given the current “veil debate” here in Britain, I just found bizarre and jarring) did absolutely nothing for me. I think the point was to offer some sense of the inspirational scope of science, but instead it just seemed to regurgitate all those awful, not-particularly-inspiring ideas Computer and Cognitive Scientists have given the world. Still, it might be worth giving to someone who’s “on the fence” about these issues.

  7. #7 quork
    October 27, 2006

    Stop the Presses!
    A rock formation has been found with a clear resemblance to a human figure, and it doesn’t look like either Jesus or his mother the virgin Mary!

  8. #8 quork
    October 27, 2006

    Nobelist Peter Agre appears on the Colbert Report

    Stephen Colbert: You’ve said that anyone who grew up on a farm knows that evolution exists. Okay… Are you saying that a monkey can milk a cow?

    Dr. Peter Agre: Well, if I can milk a cow, I suspect a monkey as smart as I am could milk a cow.

    Stephen Colbert: Are there monkeys as smart as you are?

    Dr. Peter Agre: I’m sure there’re quite a few.

    Stephen Colbert: Really?

    Dr. Peter Agre: Mmm hmm.

    Stephen Colbert: Do they give a Nobel Prize for throwing your own feces?

    Dr. Peter Agre: That’s the economics prize, I think.

  9. #9 quork
    October 27, 2006
  10. #10 postblogger
    October 27, 2006

    Quork, the Agre quote is the funniest thing I’ve seen since Kids First in Virginia. Is there any way to put Agre up for the Peace IgNobel? Have any Nobels ever won an IgNobel? There must be a first time for everything…

  11. #11 Caledonian
    October 28, 2006

    I think the point was to offer some sense of the inspirational scope of science, but instead it just seemed to regurgitate all those awful, not-particularly-inspiring ideas Computer and Cognitive Scientists have given the world.

    Go stuff yourself, sir.

  12. #12 quork
    October 28, 2006

    Philip Paulson, 59; atheist, Vietnam veteran fought to have hilltop cross removed

    By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
    October 28, 2006
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    SAN DIEGO — Philip Paulson, the Vietnam combat veteran and atheist who has been the plaintiff in a 17-year court battle to have a tall cross removed from city property atop Mt. Soledad, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 59…

  13. #13 thwaite
    October 28, 2006

    Listener’s alert: apparently both Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra get interviewed (not together) next week (Oct 30+) on KQED radio’s talk-show program “Forum”. This is an hour-long format for each guest, two each morning, with listener emails and call-ins. The host is Michael Krasny, and he’s very good usually.

    The web schedule page doesn’t list either for Monday’s preview, but this page does include the web streaming link and several-year archive (with an 11/04 Dawkins interview about ‘Ancestor’s Tale’). Perhaps Chopra will get his on Halloween?

  14. #14 bernarda
    October 29, 2006

    Here is a nice photo of a sea creature. There are others along with it. However, the competition is hypocritally sponsored by Shell. It is called the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

    http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2006/10/19/1160851065882.html

  15. #15 quork
    November 1, 2006

    Remember Rabbi Avi Shafran, who commented on atheism and morality? PZ already tore into that one. Now Shafran is back, just in time for Halloween, explaining how all his critics are misguided.

    …Perhaps the writers misinterpreted my invocation of Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot as examples of non-religious sorts who were responsible for countless deaths of innocents…

    Do you think?

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