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Archives for August, 2010

A totally futile poll

Here’s a silly poll from Eric Hovind, and we know from experience how it will go: if he doesn’t like the results, he’ll jigger everything around until he gets what he wants. Make him dance anyway. How do we know God exists? Without Him we can’t know anything 47% Um…He doesn’t 35% Examined evidence 18%…

Canada needs your help

Prime Minister Harper has come up with a bizarre goal: he thinks so highly of the US’s Fox News that he wants to create a similar propaganda organ up North. Incredible — isn’t Canada supposed to learn from our terrible mistakes? Here’s an idea: sign this petition. It can’t hurt. But then, the plan was…

Episode XCIX: It’s probably not lupus!

Yeesh, you’ve dragged me onto the internet to update the nagging thread again, despite the work piled up around me and the ickiness I’m feeling from all these new meds I’m soaking in. Now back to recuperating and writing. (Current totals: 10,918 entries with 1,108,155 comments.)

What is this abomination called knol?

I’d never heard of knol before, but apparently it was Google’s attempt at creating a competitor to Wikipedia. Wikipedia has its flaws, but wow, it was revealing to see the alternative: knol is awful. It was brought to my attention because it is infested with woo. To see how bad it is, compare the answers…

A reader, Sam, sent some fascinating excerpts from a court decision in 1824, Updegraph v. Commonwealth. It was a small case that prompted the judge to write a seventeen page furious rant, and reading it will make you realize what Glenn Beck’s America would like to return to — no, thanks, I wouldn’t like it.…

Gird your loins, everyone

Oh, my. Tony Blair seems to have declared war against us. “We face an aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism from within.” Arguing that there was “no hope” from atheists who scorn God, he said the best way to confront the secularist agenda was for all faiths to unite against…

Colbert is on to us!

Quick, accelerate the campaign of world conquest before anyone else catches on. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News At least Colbert confesses to having an extensive collection of squid photographs. We could bond over that; perhaps we should bring him over to our…

What were they thinking?

Oh, no. Atheists are the arrogant ones, so how can this Irish Catholic write such pretentious nonsense? Religion unleashes a boundless curiosity in us that elsewhere is afraid to reveal itself for fear of appearing naive. Yeah, tell that to Galileo, Simplicio. I guess freethinkers must lack that boundless curiosity — no godless questioners at…

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I owe Nicholas Humphrey an apology

When I critized Mary Midgley the other day for her sloppy critique of Nicholas Humphrey, I also pointed out that Humphrey had apparently indulged in some unfortunate hyperbole himself, saying “So successful has it been that many scientists would now say, and even fear, that there will soon be little left for them to do.”…