Pharyngula

Archives for September, 2009

Barbarism in Poland

Pedophiles are wretched people who abuse the helpless, and they get no sympathy from me. However, they are still people — sick people, damaged people, often abused people, sometimes psychopathic people. They have to be treated with due process and concern — we want to end the behavior, not the individual. So now Poland has…

My Fargo visit makes the local news!

It’s a fine story, taken from the press conference I gave on Thursday, except for two things. The comments are a mix of the sane and the deranged. Fargo has some interesting people living up there—a lot of smart, sensible, rational people, and some some very noisy lunatics. It’s strange how the lunatics rarely show…

Destroy your computer NOW!

It’s a homo’s Devil Machine! Oh, wait. We like that stuff. Never mind, carry on. (via Mark Allen)

Graneledone sp. Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

Carl Sagan…sings?

The Charlotte Pop Fest ’09 is going on right now — it’s a music festival that also raises money for charities. You should go. The recipient of the profits this year will be the Richard Dawkins Foundation. What, you say? They’re raising money to promote secular science? In North Carolina? Yes, they are. And the…

I get email

This is a lovely example of offended sensibilities that was sent to the University of Minnesota alumni association, as well as several other administration people and myself. I don’t think the author realizes it, but this is the kind of hate mail that makes me very happy. Dear Alumni Association, Due to the protest of…

Hey! Did someone beat me to this poll?

OK, who got to this poll before me? The answers are all going the way I want them to, and that’s just unnatural. A new survey says a quarter of all Americans will claim to have “no religion” within 20 years. How do you view the boom in Americans without a religious affiliation? 71.57% It’s…

Still talking

Jebus, they can’t shut me up. Just got back from the afternoon discussion, which went on for two hours. It was great fun. Of course… My opening remarks were about being assertive atheists who challenge conventions and do things like desecrating crackers… …and a priest, complete with clerical collar, was right there in a good…