Archive for September 13th, 2007

We need a National “Back Up Your Hard Drive Day” for the fools among us.

| September 13, 2007 | 30 Replies
We need a National “Back Up Your Hard Drive Day” for the fools among us.

You might think I’m being facetious, but I’m dead serious. Let’s select one day per year to remind people to regularly back up their computer data.  I am utterly completely and bewilderedly tired of hearing people tell me “I lost all my data, songs and photos because my computer hard drive died.” No, fool.  You didn’t […]

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I’ll vote for the candidate who looks like . . . me!

| September 13, 2007 | 1 Reply
I’ll vote for the candidate who looks like . . . me!

The current edition of Science (September 7, 2007- articles available only to subscribers online) contains a short article entitled “The Art of Virtual Persuasion.”  The author notes a wide variety of studies that have shown that “people who mimic the gestures or speech of others are often perceived by those they mimic as more likable […]

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Bin Laden’s Feudal Ambition

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Bin Laden’s Feudal Ambition

In Osama Bin Laden’s latest screed, one of the things he exhorts people to do is give up interest. The charging and paying of interest is forbidden in strict Islam. Known as riba (increase), it was the subject of some of Mohammed’s most vehement condemnations. One can see why with only a cursory look at […]

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Consilience and Religious Belief

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Consilience and Religious Belief

It’s not so much that beliefs clash, but that the basis for believing clashes between those who embrace extradinary religious claims and those who don’t. Over at Daylight Atheism, Ebonmuse illustrates this topic well, asking why the extraordinary events of the Bible, many of them allegedly witnessed by thousands, fell into a historical black hole.  […]

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