Archives for September, 2009

Jean Kazez, a philosopher at SMU, blogs a nice critique of the bone I picked with Jerry Coyne. She sees in my argument: a kind of defense by decimation. First you cut down the pretensions of religion; then you say religion is alright. Rosenau says that if religious scripture doesn’t deliver scientific knowledge, like a…

In Which I Disagree with Jerry Coyne

On Monday I posted a reply to Jerry Coyne’s clique-ish and philosophically naive report on a talk he didn’t see. I thought this would be a useful exercise because: Coyne is a former professor of mine, I respect him, and don’t want to see him embarrass himself. High school-level cliqueishness seems unbecoming in a tenured…

On vampires and ways of knowing

Jerry Coyne is nervous. He isn’t sure if NCSE’s Genie Scott will sit next to him at lunch, and he’s not sure if he wants to sit next to her, when you get right down to it. Why? Because in a talk at DragonCon (a talk Jerry didn’t attend and only has second-hand information about),…

Bag update

Well, it looks like Professor Steve Steve, my laptop, my iPod, a plush octopus, and various other precious papers are not to be recovered. Insurance will help some, but I’ve put together an Amazon.com wishlist to collect a list of things I need to replace. Anyone who wants to help out would be most appreciated.

Pandanapping!

Some douchebag walked off with my computer bag, including my iPod, my computer, and most troublingly, Professor Steve Steve. My heart is filled with rage. Rage and distinct mourning for my lost computer. If anyone at DragonCon finds a Timbuktu laptop bag with my goddam computer in it, my goddam cards in it, and my…

Dragon*Con

Anyone attending Dragon*Con this weekend should totally stop by NCSE’s booth, at the Skeptic Track.

Inexplicable

Dear internets, Why does anyone read Megan McArdle? The debunking of her silliness is clogging my RSS reader, and I’d like you all to just stop reading her already. I tuned her out way back when she went by the name “Jane Galt.” I consider it entirely fair to treat Ayn Rand fandom as an…

Cheesed off

Brad Monton, creationists’ newest favorite atheist, is upset. Carl Zimmer and Sean Carroll, upset that BloggingHeads allowed and utterly bungled an interview between conservative linguist and apparent ID sycophant John McWhorter and creationist Michael Behe, have declared that they will not participate in diavlogs at that site any more. Monton, a philosopher who thinks every…