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Archives for January, 2011

The best is lost

A reader responded to my article where I said I found no solace in lies by sending me a poem by Edna St Vincent Millay. This could be part of the godless liturgy for coping with funerals; it’s so true to the spirit of our thinking, and so antagonistic to Christian attitudes. So I’ll share…

Brace yourselves, LA

Every time I do this I get email from people who say they were startled to hear my voice on the radio, so I figure this time I’ll warn you so I don’t cause any traffic accidents. I’ll be on Michael Slate’s radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles this morning, and we’re trying to…

Bad science education in the US

I am completely unsurprised by the recent report on the state of evolution in the American science classroom. It confirms entirely my impressions from years of freshman college students and from previous studies of the subject, and puts specific numbers and issues to the problem. The short summary: public schools suck at teaching basic biology.…

Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox aggravated a great many astrologers when they announced on a UK television program that “astrology is rubbish” and “astrology is nonsense”. The Astrological Association of Great Britain was so incensed that they created a petition demanding that the BBC commit to “making a fair and balanced representation of astrology in…

Episode CLXIIb: The LOVE thread

The everlasting community thread is getting fractious and ugly: the prolonged association is beginning to chafe, I think. So as an experiment I’m temporarily splitting the thread. This is the LOVE subthread. Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes. No mellow-harshing talk allowed here; if you must, take it to the HATE thread.…

Episode CLXIIa: The HATE thread

The everlasting community thread is getting fractious and ugly: the prolonged association is beginning to chafe, I think. So as an experiment I’m temporarily splitting the thread. This is the HATE subthread. If there’s something you want to get off your chest, if there’s someone who has annoyed you, if you just want to make…

What a stupid, ignorant woman. She’s baffled by the phrase “Sputnik moment”; she reads it over and over; it makes her vaguely uncomfortable, with that Russian sound to it; and rather than asking someone or looking it up, she decides to invent her own totally wrong definition built on false premises (the Soviet Union was…

Tom Ritter has a dream. It’s a grand dream. Tom Ritter dreams of a day when people recognize that he’s more than just a cranky high school teacher, and they realize that all the scientists in the world have been completely wrong, while Truth lives in the sweaty cranium of a harumphing gomer in Lebanon,…

Here’s a great opportunity for a paid summer internship with the SCA. Apply! SCA Summer 2011 Internship Program The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) is pleased to offer one paid internship position for summer 2011. SCA is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate junior- or senior-level student with a demonstrated interest in being active in the…

Stephen Asma responds

He has sent me a response to my criticisms of his criticisms of the New Atheism. Look below the fold for what he sent me.