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Demi-gogs R Us

August 8, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
Demi-gogs R Us

I wondered recently, during an idle conversation, whatever became of that monumental media presence Rush Limbaugh.  Now I know.  He’s been upstaged.  Check out the following quote: “They’re almost always biologists—the “science” with the greatest preponderance of women. The distaff MIT “scientist” who fled the room in response to Larry Summers’s remarks was, of course, […]

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Causes And Canards

August 6, 2006 | By | Reply More
Causes And Canards

I saw a phrase today that made me think–The Darwinist Cause. Now, I’m sure I’ve seen it or heard it before, but it’s one of those taglines opponents to certain worldviews use to instigate absurd debates (which turn out not to be debates but drubbing sessions wherein they hope to pound you with fervant and […]

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“Proof” that Dinosaurs romped in Eden

August 3, 2006 | By | 15 Replies More
“Proof” that Dinosaurs romped in Eden

Dinosaurs did co-exist with Adam and Eve, you see.  How do we know this?  Just read the Bible! All of this is cheerfully explained by creationist Ken Ham (who describes himeself as a former high school biology teacher) in a lecture entitled “Dinosaurs In the Bible.” Actually, you can catch a whole series of lectures by Ken at […]

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A sampling of Bertrand Russell quotes

July 17, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
A sampling of Bertrand Russell quotes

Yesterday I wrote a post describing how I discovered Bertrand Russell while I was an intellectually frustrated and isolated teen-aged boy.  Back then, I was startled to see someone else who was publicly critical of religious institutions.  Thinking about those days yesterday provoked me to scour the Internet today for some of Russell’s well-known quotes.  […]

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Why Do They Hate Us?

July 16, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Why Do They Hate Us?

Ever since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, there has been a fairly constant refrain heard in the United States.  Americans, who once thought their country invulnerable, their culture beyond reproach and their global image impeccable, are asking, “Why do they hate us?”  Human emotion being what it is, there is no single or simple […]

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Beware of confident people. They might be ignorant of their own ignorance.

July 3, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
Beware of confident people. They might be ignorant of their own ignorance.

Just look at our intense national confidence! Ergo, we are doing well as a nation! Not so fast, scientists have warned.  There is actually an inverse relationship between one’s own incompetence and one’s awareness of one’s incompetence. In a 2003 article entitled “Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence,” psychologists from Cornell and the University […]

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A new age of immaturity

June 24, 2006 | By | 8 Replies More
A new age of immaturity

Once regarded as a Generation-X anomaly, social scientists and news publications around the world now observe a frightening trend in young adults: a marked failure to leave home, find a career, attain what most regard as “adulthood”. The reported lack of maturity manifests itself not just in observation, but in real-world statistics: the percentage of […]

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Gay Rights “Not a Civil Rights Issue”?

June 15, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Gay Rights “Not a Civil Rights Issue”?

The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) supplies high school LGBT rights groups around the United States with a wealth of useful information, tools, and event and activity guides. For the last few years, I’ve appreciated the planning guides GLSEN provides as a source of brainstorming and public-relations hints. But looking through a GLSEN binder […]

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The many faces of Christianity

May 29, 2006 | By | 23 Replies More
The many faces of Christianity

When I was a kid, I was always curious about why there were so many different kinds of Christian churches in America: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Unitarian, Congregational, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, United Church of Christ, Reformed Church of Christ, Mormon, Quaker, Shaker, Greek Othodox, Russian Orthodox, Christian Science…the list seemed endless. It seemed […]

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