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How does one explain the stubborn resistance to Darwinism?

How does one explain the stubborn resistance to Darwinism?

| January 2, 2007 | 8 Replies

In this recent interview, published by Salon.com, Ronald Numbers (a former Seventh-day Adventist and author of the definitive history of creationism) discusses “his break with the church, whether creationists are less intelligent and why Galileo wasn’t really a martyr.” Here’s a sampling.  Aren’t anti-evolutionists anti-scientific?  It’s not that easy, according to Numbers: [M]ost people who […]

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Me, a millionaire!

Me, a millionaire!

| January 1, 2007 | 5 Replies

I’m honored to learn that I can be trusted with millions in suspicious dollars.   This, according to this email I just received: From: “capt brian” Subject: Hello SINCIRE Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 22:30:45 +0000 Dear Friend, I am Captain Brian  James .of the US Marine Force on Monitoring and Peace –keeping mission in Baghdad-Iraq. […]

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Faith of a Heretic: Walter Kaufmann’s views on morality

Faith of a Heretic: Walter Kaufmann’s views on morality

| January 1, 2007 | 2 Replies

Back in the late 1970s, I found a copy of a book called The Faith of a Heretic, by Walter Kaufmann.  The book is currently out of print, though I have retained my copy.  Walter Kaufmann is well-known as a translator of virtually all of Nietzsche’s works. Back in the 1970′s, I found the Faith of […]

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The Edge annual question — 2007: “What Are You Optimistic About? Why?”

The Edge annual question — 2007: “What Are You Optimistic About? Why?”

| December 31, 2006 | 1 Reply

I have already read about 15 of these short essays published by Edge.  It’s hard to stop, because the answers are especially thoughtful and well-articulated. Daniel Dennett’s response is representative of the quality of these responses.  Here is an excerpt from Dennett’s response, entitled: “The Evaporation of the Powerful Mystique of Religion.” I’m so optimistic […]

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The risk of failing to put pursuit of truth first

The risk of failing to put pursuit of truth first

| December 31, 2006 | 9 Replies

“He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection, “Moral and Religious Aphorisms,” no. 25 (1825)

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Maybe Bush has already achieved victory in Iraq

Maybe Bush has already achieved victory in Iraq

| December 31, 2006 | 5 Replies

A friend of mine recently gave me a disturbing scenario:  what if Iraq has descended into civil war because Bush and his neo-con puppetmasters want it that way?  What if Bush’s repeated failures to end the violence aren’t failures at all, but rather the desired result?  Consider:  the continued violence keeps federal money pouring into […]

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Sneezing Panda

Sneezing Panda

| December 30, 2006 | 1 Reply

No, I’m not speaking metaphorically. See here.

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I love the taste of pork, but I wish I didn’t

I love the taste of pork, but I wish I didn’t

| December 30, 2006 | 4 Replies

Not after reading this article about pig-farming in Rolling Stone. This is the teaser at the top of the article: America’s top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the […]

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Death to the death penalty

Death to the death penalty

| December 30, 2006 | 5 Replies

According to this article about Saddam’s execution, “Iraq’s death penalty was suspended by the U.S. military after it toppled Saddam in 2003, but the new Iraqi government reinstated it two years later, saying executions would deter criminals.” Deter criminals?  Since Iraq reinstated the death penalty in 2005, the murder rate in Baghdad has risen so high […]

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