Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This will be the last of the link dumps, I swear...

Expelled Exposed will eventually become "the National Center for Science Education's official response to the Ben Stein movie Expelled". Right now it's just a place to keep updated on the latest stupidity. You are all welcome to Google-blast this into the #1 spot for "Expelled".

In addition, I stumbled upon First Do No Harm, a collection of examples of how doctors' fat discrimination harms the health of fat people, especially women.

Monday, March 24, 2008

PZ has been EXPELLED!

For those of you who don't read Scienceblogs, there's some hilarity to be had.

A comprehensive list of links about the whole scheissesturm is here.

And now for something completely different: I fought the law, and the law won!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Link dump and even opener thread than usual!

The Atheist Apocalypse is at hand! Rejoice!

XKCD defends Mythbusters. And blamms string theory.

Just to show that the operation scene in Saw III could really have happened.

If the magnetic car "ribbons" really said what they meant..

Yay for good cops! This is how they SHOULD respond to protesters.

... and I'm spent. Phew!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Calculate your God Delusion Index

My God Delusion Index is 5. Possibly.

This needs more exposure. It's funny 'cause it's true!

Hat tip to Jim Lippard for this; he saw Richard Dawkins speak at the first stop of his American tour. (Doesn't come anywhere near the Burgh, damn it.)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cool Things

ABC news loses a little more street cred...

PZ Myers and The Flying Monkeys were mentioned by ABC news online! The producers and/or writers of which have apparently been nommed on by the Hitler Zombie as well.

... and they mention some Christian bookstore or something too.


Cognitive Neuro FTW!!

There is a sweet-ass video here - an hour-long "diavlog" (no I did not just make that up) between Carl Zimmer of The Loom and Dr. Gazzaniga, one of my chosen field's founders.

I also saw Karl Rove himself speak at the University today. I need some time to digest and respond, but his speech and performance in the Q&A were masterful public speech. I found myself actually... liking him, towards the end there. This man, in his own words, is an "evil genius". Also, "a myth," and "Grendel from Beowulf."

Monday, March 3, 2008

A nation of nonbelievers!

I stumbled upon Way of the Mind, who illustrated the reason I'm voting for Obama very clearly. As Barack himself said:
Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.

Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.
Wonderful! Sublime! Obama actually believes in Constitutional principles. And acts on them.

And if you want to read the whole thing, it's from the Call to Renewal Keynote Address.