Archives for April, 2011

…Or “What I’ve been up to for the last week or so.” Last week was a busy travel week. I was in West Virginia for the first half of the week, on a whirlwind tour of the Morgantown area, speaking in the geology department at West Virginia University, then twice at a symposium on science…

Geese and Ganders

In my post about Pastor Jones and the Quran burning, I wrote that I’m a First Amendment maximalist, and so defend the right of someone to burn a Quran, but noted also that Jones’ actions were clearly intended as a provocation, and that a smart lawyer could probably convince a court that Jones’ actions fall…

John Pieret reads Jerry Coyne so you don’t have to, and catches Jerry Coyne rewriting history. Pieret notes in particular that Coyne is insisting that “faitheist” was never meant as a pejorative, when it clearly was, and has always and exclusively been used as such. For Coyne to try to rewrite history and claim otherwise…

Don’t know much about politics

NationalJournal.com – Six of Ten Political Insiders Believe Public Is Ill-Informed: When it comes to policy, the political class doesn’t have a lot of faith in the public’s IQ. In the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll, a solid majority of political operatives – 59 percent – said the public didn’t “know enough about the…

Sam Harris has a brand new blog, and already has managed to lard it with roughly what you’d expect: tendentiousness, insistence that religious is wrong because it won’t change (and that religions which do change are illegitimate for doing so), and the usual pro-repression politics. Referring to Florida’s Pastor Jones, who finally burnt a Quran…

From Denial Depot, Jaws: A movie review: A group of so-called government funded “experts” whip up alarmist fears of a killer shark off the coast of Amity, a sea side town. Their goal is to destroy the local tourist industry, send Amity back to the dark ages and thus achieve their underlying socialist agenda of…