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Chad on Chappers’ Premier League Podcasts E39 – 4th May 2010

My question made the end of this week’s Chapper’s Premier League Podcast (iTunes link). I was surprised to hear it broadcast!

For the record, this is the full email I sent in:

Chappers,

Will you be narrating the audiobook version of “Heroes, Hairbands and
Hissy Fits” (assuming there will be one)?

With anticipation,

Chad
(A Canadian Spurs supporter living in Japan)
@sandbaggerone

PS. Roy, with Pompey being docked points, will this season have the
widest point spread from the top of the table to the bottom in Premier
League history?

My thoughts are that in future pub quizzes many will (mistakenly) think that this year, being the first when a side was docked 9 points for going into administration, will have the widest point spread. I, too, suspect differently, and look forward to Roy’s answer next week.

A basic guide for debating atheists

This short excerpt is from AC Grayling‘s speech in an Intelligence Squared debate entitled Atheism is the new fundamentalism. I draw your attention to it because Grayling does an excellent job describing the fundamental pillars of the so-called “new atheist” argument. The three parts are, in short:

  1. atheism as in skepticism of the supernatural
  2. secularism as in removing religion’s privileged position in society
  3. humanism as in denying religious monopoly on morals and ethics

When debating with religious people or even other atheists I often find that they cross between the issues and end up muddling their argument. This short excerpt should clear up some confusion and provide a framework for debate, a good starting point. When debating an atheist, be sure to develop your case relative to the proper issue. Note that these issues correspond to three different fields of philosophy (epistemology, political and ethics).

Oftentimes, I find myself in agreement with religious “opponents” (more to their surprise than to mine). A case in point: though I think Issue 1 gives rise to Issue 2 and Issue 3, it is not a necessary condition. For example, you could be a person of faith and be a staunch supporter of separation of church and state. In these debates it always helps to be clear on the issues.

I encourage you to listen to Grayling’s entire speech and, for that matter, the entire debate. You can watch the event here or download the MP3 and listen to it at your leisure.

Reggae Garbageman

As @Mutantfroginc can attest, this Rastafarian  that drives by my house every Sunday spices up his blaring appeal for broken junk with some down-to-earth reggae loops. This week I was able to capture some of his upfulness on my iPhone.

廃品回収車

For those that do not know what a haihin kaishûsha is, it is a truck such as pictured above that is usually driven by an old man blaring a recorded message asking people for their broken appliances and such.