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Archives for January, 2009

A lesson in dealing with missionary zeal

The New Zealand department of conservation maintains a network of huts in the backcountry — these are little shelters with a radio for emergency calls and a mattress so hikers can wait out a spell of bad weather. It’s all very sensible. Until the evangelicals discovered them. Now there’s a missionary campaign to put a…

Experiment over for now

Since an annoying security hole in Typekey was exposed here, I’ve reenabled anonymous commenting. I still want to tinker with this, so later I may try requiring OpenID registration…but I’ve irritated everyone enough for one weekend, so I’ll try that some other day.

As I was told last night, it’s one of the rare times “reason” got some representation in that section. You can read it here — I’ve been on Calgary radio and newspapers this week, so I’m hoping it will draw out some opposition to my talk this afternoon — it would be great to get…

Radio reminder

9am Central time: Atheists Talk radio interviews Todd Allen Gates, and we find out how to talk to a Christian proselytizer.

Calgary!

I have safely arrived here in Calgary, and here are the plans for Sunday: At 10:30, we’ll be having brunch at the Best Western Village Park Inn. At 2:00, I’ll be speaking at the University of Calgary. At 6:00, come around to the Kilkenny Irish Pub. There are possibilities of haggis. Sound good? Sounds busy!…

I knew he couldn’t stay away

Our favorite Viking zombie, Norwegianity, has returned from the dead.

Cute, but grossly inaccurate

Oh, man, this gets so much wrong. Sentient life did not evolve 600 million years ago; that was roughly the time that true multicellularity arose. Unless you consider something spongelike to be sentient, it doesn’t work. Intelligent life did not first evolve 2.5 million years ago. Animal intelligence is something that has to be measured…

Not surprising at all

Ted Haggard is in the news again — it seems he has been involved in long term homosexual relationships, and has been abusing his power for sexual favors. Raise your hands if you would never have expected it! Hey, how come none of you lifted your fingers from your keyboard? Here’s his latest excuse, and…

On the road to Calgary

This is a long traveling weekend for me — I’m on my way to Calgary/Edmonton for a lecture and a debate. That means my internet access may be a little spotty, and I’m a little concerned about some of the trends in the comments, so I’m laying down a few rules. There are too many…

Called out by a clown

Awww, I’ve been challenged by Ray Comfort. It’s hard to take the little man too seriously, though: last time we were supposed to debate on the radio, it ended up with a change of plans, and he instead weebled absurdly without me. At this point, though, his only challenge to me seems to be to…