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Archives for August, 2010

Mary Midgley wastes our time, once again

At least we can dismiss her latest fluff in the first sentence: Is physical science – as some people say – omnicompetent? Can it (that is) answer all possible questions? “As some people say” is one of the more perniciously lazy phrases in the English language. And setting up a straw man as the starting…

I have a new favorite porn star!

It’s feminist, atheist, science-loving Nina Hartley. I haven’t actually seen any of her movies, and I wouldn’t recognize her if I passed her in the street, but I can still actually call her my favorite porn star, right? Don’t bother recommending any of her movies; my lust is entirely superficial and only for her brain,…

I get email invitations

Isn’t this sweet? It’s a polite invitation from Pastor Dale in Ohio, which was also sent to a lot of other skeptics/atheists. It’s so polite and open-minded! Greetings. I want to let you know about an upcoming project, and I invite any of you or your consumers to participate. I realize your viewpoint is drastically…

Time to reset the perpetual conversation, and I was also sent this lovely message for Hitchens…so let’s all say something nice about the man I wish I could be half as aggressive, assertive, obnoxious, and eloquent as he is. (Current totals: 10,898 entries with 1,104,462 comments.)

My reading habits exposed

The Chronicle of Higher Ed interviewed me a while back, and asked me about my daily read. It’s a bit strange, though…lately my reading has dried up and been replaced by typing. Gotta fix that. One really troubling thing, though, is the portrait they included — I presume it was made from some photo floating…

Macrotritopus (via the BBC)

How being a dick probably saved my life

I see that the don’t-be-a-dick tone debate is still going on — I’ve been totally unimpressed with the arguments from the side of nice, not because I disagree with the idea that positive approaches work, but because they ignore the complexity of the problem and don’t offer any solutions but only complaints (what are they…

Those naughty New Zealanders

The ol’ innocuous bus ads weren’t enough for New Zealand, I guess — an advertising company has fired up a wonderfully rude and outrageous anti-religion campaign, with some rather unsubtle posters that are being plastered all around Auckland. Very rude. I approve.

Not that I’ve become morbid lately — I feel lucky that I got a potential problem taken care of before it became a crisis — but this story by Mike Celizic is inspiring and terrifying at the same time. He’s a journalist who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, knows his life expectancy is now…

I’m home convalescing, but the unstoppable thread waits for no one. So here’s a reset and a little thank you: (Current totals: 10,892 entries with 1,103,068 comments.)