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Archives for March, 2008

Nooooo! Not Paris Hilton!

The latest edition of Encephalon, the carnival of neuroscience, is using Paris Hilton as a theme, I think because the contrast is so great. It still hurts to read it. I did find Jennifer Ouellette’s pocket biography of Ramon y Cajal an excellent corrective, at least — balance the photos of a 21st century airhead…

Hey, I said that in an interview last spring, which is getting a little wider circulation now: religions are fairy tales. Somebody slapped it on a billboard over Easter, though, and businesses around it reported a two-thirds decline. It sounds like it was very effective at scaring away fools, and that, unfortunately, fools represent a…

Oops

Watch out, if you signed up for one of the Expelled showings, you might find your email address shared with more people than you expected. I think John ought to sell his newfound mailing list — it’s jam-packed with the gullible, so it would be rather valuable to the unscrupulous. In slightly related news, Wired…

Facebook is a Mecca for sin

What an awful story: a young woman is murdered by her own father for online chatting. A woman was beaten up and shot dead by her father for talking online with a man she met on the website Facebook. The case was reported on a Saudi Arabian news site as an example of the “strife”…

Daniel Dennett is coming to town

Hey, look at this: Dan Dennett is coming to Minnesota State University in Mankato this week. I hope he shows up wearing that pimpin’ hat. Dennett, one of the nation’s most original and influential philosophers, will talk about “Religion as a Natural Phenomenon” on April 3 and “Evolution and Evitability: Free Will and Responsibility” April…

OK, enough. Everyone is sending me a link to this comic, but your efforts are misplaced. You need to send it to Ben Stein or Mark Mathis or Walt Ruloff — I’m not in the market.

The hopeless inanity of Egnor

Michael Egnor, that neurosurgeon whose tenuous grip on rationality makes him so popular with the creationists, thinks he has a gotcha moment with some notorious atheist. That rude godless fellow, who is me, said this, which is accurate: …greater science literacy, which is going to lead to the erosion of religion, and then we’ll get…

Airplanes make me cranky

I’m home. It’s been a very long day with horrible flight delays, and I’m grouchy. I must frog blast the vent core. I was stuck on an airplane for far too many hours, and I wanted to get some work done — on my laptop. Have you noticed how tightly packed the seats are in…

Uh-oh

You know that if I encourage this sort of thing, there will be a rising chorus of voices on the web screaming at me to shut up, don’t you?

Radio reminder

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