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It’s THAT Time of Year…Again

It’s THAT Time of Year…Again

| February 4, 2007 | 8 Replies

I haven’t been posting much lately–deadlines on other things, etc.–but I’m working on a couple of fairly thorny ones.  In the meantime, since it IS Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I might suggest a review of an older post of mine on the subject.  Link is here:  http://dangerousintersection.org/?p=402 I haven’t changed my opinions about this […]

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Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan discuss whether religion is “built upon lies.”

Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan discuss whether religion is “built upon lies.”

| February 2, 2007 | 16 Replies

Beliefnet is currently hosting an on-going discussion involving atheist Sam Harris and pro-religion blogger Andrew Sullivan.  The topics of the discussion are God, faith, and fundamentalism.  These are two excellent writers who are doing a terrific job of testing each others’ positions.  Well worth a visit. Here’s a sampling of Harris: Please consider how differently […]

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An inspiring Earth Day message from Jane Goodall

An inspiring Earth Day message from Jane Goodall

| February 2, 2007 | Reply

I know that it’s not Earth Day.  On the other hand, every day is (or should be) Earth Day.   Mainly, I wanted to share the link to Jane Goodall’s Earth Day talk from the spring, 2006 (see below).  The students in my daughter’s class were given an assignment to read a biography and then make a short presentation to their 1st grade class.  […]

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Draw the curves, then plot the data on climate change

Draw the curves, then plot the data on climate change

| February 1, 2007 | Reply

Bush’s oil company chums are trying to buy off climate scientists: Ben Stewart of Greenpeace said: “The AEI is more than just a thinktank, it functions as the Bush administration’s intellectual Cosa Nostra. They are White House surrogates in the last throes of their campaign of climate change denial. They lost on the science; they […]

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RIP Molly Ivins

RIP Molly Ivins

| February 1, 2007 | 3 Replies

Molly Ivins has passed away. We’ve lost one of the sharpest voices in political journalism, an erudite and empassioned observer. The CNN report is here. I’ve followed Molly’s words on and off for the better part of two decades and I have found her cool judgment and sound reasoning cause for optimism when, in the […]

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Evolution Ongoing

Evolution Ongoing

| February 1, 2007 | 3 Replies

This link is to an article on a recent example of ongoing human evolution.  It’s a month old, so many may already be aware, but I post it to point out that in the debate with IDers and Creationists, we who suspect there’s something to evolution are too often caught unprepared by the argument that […]

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There are no accidental wars

There are no accidental wars

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies

Here’s today’s headline from MSNBC today: U.S.-Iran tensions could trigger accidental war Here’s what is going on, according to this article:  Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran — building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising […]

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Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

| January 31, 2007 | 6 Replies

This Comic strip often takes a pointed view of popular perceptions. For example, today’s Cow and Boy strip: This seems all too familiar. One side framing an issue for debate, and the other sidestepping the frame because it doesn’t fit their world-view. We see a lot of this out in the blogosphere, and in the […]

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Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies

Here’s a compelling article by Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Renshon.  Kahneman is famous for identifying numerous human heuristics and biases in the lab. He received a Nobel prize in economics based on his decades of inspiring work. Renshon is a Harvard doctoral student. In this article, the authors note that many built-in human heuristics and biases lead […]

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