Evolutionary Perspectives featuring Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and Douglas Adams

I finally got around to listening to this three hour marathon of brilliance — Darwinism in biology, philosophy, anthropological history, cognitive science and its influence on a hilarious lay-scifi writer. For me this panel was full of personal heroes. I have been a huge fan of Douglas Adams and his work for years. I didContinue reading “Evolutionary Perspectives featuring Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and Douglas Adams”

Religious teachings on sex: I am as green as an Iranian protester on all but the first. With regards to teen sex I am an orange, if only because I think nobody under 16 should be doing it ever, even as an experiment. via akky

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any MahometanContinue reading

Why are there so many Christian signs in regional Japan?

Adamu posts an informing answer at Mutant Frog Travelogue. Being in “provincial Japan” I see my fair share of Christian missionary nutters. It gave me a chuckle when I read that the head of the organization responsible for the posters, soundtracks and free Bibles funded his operation with cash from his IT company. This remindedContinue reading “Why are there so many Christian signs in regional Japan?”

…if you ask me whether or not I’m an atheist, I wouldn’t even answer. I would first want an explanation of what it is that I’m supposed not to believe in, and I’ve never seen an explanation. Noam Chomsky, Common Sense, 2002 Never thought I would agree with Chomsky on philosophical matters but…