Pharyngula

Archives for December, 2009

Yet more sequins for god

You may recall that irritating essay by Nicholas Wade in which he butchers the philosophy of science — well, his book is out, it’s gotten a mixed review in the New York Times, and Jerry Coyne mentions that it’s Templeton-endorsed. It’s all the kiss of death as far as I’m concerned — I don’t think…

The presumption of Rick Warren

Rick Warren regularly scribbles up these cloying little messages he calls the Daily Hope — and rather than hope, they offer nothing but trite platitudes and unfounded certainty about a godly purpose that I find extremely discouraging. How can people find this lying tripe uplifting? God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in…

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Mimics!

You can play the “Where’s Waldo” game and browse an interactive album of animal mimics, too.

Hey, now, don’t challenge me in a poll

It’s like taunting the bull while standing in the middle of his field. It’s just not smart. Anyway, there’s another of these online polls ranking atheists, and Hemant Mehta has come out on Twitter threatening to destroy me in the voting. You know I can’t stand for that. Go vote! Who is the Most Vocal…

Bible story reenactments

True, heartwarming tales from the Bible, sure to gladden the hearts of children everywhere:

I’m so sorry for you, Indiana

But then, you elected this profoundly stupid man to be your governor, so it’s all your own fault. I was reading an interview with Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana that was just embarrassingly bad. To me, the core of the Christian faith is humility, which starts with recognizing that you’re as fallen as anyone else.…

PZ and the preacher?

A small mob of atheist students (and a confused, deluded mob of hapless Christians) are going to be making a trip to New Orleans to help rebuild homes. This is a wonderful idea, and I commend all of the students, even the misled theistic ones, for making the effort. However, they need money to cover…

Obama has been a disappointment (but still better than the alternative!), but one candidate continues to make me happy: Al Franken. He recently tacked a praiseworthy amendment to a defense bill: there will be no defense contracts to companies that “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” I’m…

Ave atque vale

I’m a fan of the comic strip Lio — the one with the weird little kid with the pet squid and whose antics clearly make him a descendant of the Addams Family. The strip for Christmas eve was a little different, though. It hit home for me because the day after Christmas is my day…

OMG, duck porn!

Carl Zimmer has some videos of explosive erections in ducks you might not want to miss. Or might want to miss, depending on your kinks. I may have nightmares tonight.