Archives for October, 2009

Preserved for posterity

This has inexplicably been marked for deletion, but the author deserves a pat on the back. Genesis, the opening to the Conservative Bible: 1 In the beginning, God did a cost/benefit analysis and decided that social collectivism was the only sustainable economic paradigm and that the only people that actually go to hell are sinister,…

It’s mine!

LARGE GOLD OCTOPUS CIGARETTE / CREDIT CARD CASE by CosmicFirefly: Now that mine has arrived, I can mock anyone else who doesn’t have their own octopus-themed cardholder/cigarette case.

Thanks

An anonymous lurker in Wyoming sent a generous contribution to help me recover from the loss of my laptop, etc. Since all I know is that you live in or near Cheyenne, WY, I just have to thank you publicly. Of possible relevance to ongoing discussions here, the note accompanying the generous gift says: Not…

A regressive revelation?

Conservapedia is the gift that keeps giving. Recall that Conservapedia formed to correct the nefarious liberal bias of the collectively edited Wikipedia. That is, they kept losing edit wars because they could support their claims, and since they couldn’t conform reality to their beliefs, they’d just write an encyclopedia enshrining them. Much fun. But now…

On accommodationism

Jerry Coyne is right: Nobody who has followed Dawkins?s work and writing could possibly think he?s an accommodationist Or rather, he’s probably right. I’ve never been clear what “accommodationist” means, it seems to adapt itself in perfect Calvinball style to suit whatever enemy someone might have. Thus, when Eugenie Scott answers the question “Are science…

An administrative note

As discussions have heated up, more people have been getting trapped in moderation due to excessive links in their comments. I believe that you can get around that by signing in using TypeKey, using OpenID or various other online authentication systems. Try it (this post is a good testbed!) and let me know if it…

Newsweek interviews Richard Dawkins: Are those incompatible positions: to believe in God and to believe in evolution? No, I don’t think they’re incompatible if only because there are many intelligent evolutionary scientists who also believe in God–to name only Francis Collins [the geneticist and Christian believer recently chosen to head the National Institutes of Health]…

Disco. clubber Bruce Chapman, a former census director who ought to have learned something about demography and perhaps accounting along the way, writes that the Public Doesn’t Know the Truth About Social Security: …how many Americans (may we see a poll?) understand that …we really are at point (and past it for the next two…