We recently received this comment from Scholar: Erich or Grumpy, May I please have some more links to the discussions here at dangerous intersections which you have found to be most interesting, *must read*, or highlights in general. Thanks, Scholar – I took Scholar’s request seriously and went back to review many of our posts. I […]
I have a friend that is sometimes frustrating to converse with, because he always wants me to define the terms I use. Our conversation is filled with his requests to explain just what I mean. He says, with justification, that people may use the same word but often have different meanings for it and he […]
Watching the furor generated over Erich’s post about Bart Erhman’s book has been awesome. I mean that in the strict meaning of the word. It is awe-illiciting. After watching the average responses to our posts rise and fall around five to ten each, with a few fetching somewhere in the twenties, here we have a […]
I have been accused of being a curmudgeon by more than a few people who know me well. Perhaps I deserve it, based upon the intensity with which I approach writing. Also, I too often fall into the trap of seeing the world as a set of problems needing to be solved rather than an […]
Everyone knows that the United States was first settled in 1620. Everyone is wrong. We celebrate a wildly distorted history of Thanksgiving year after year. On Thanksgiving, we solemnly give thanks that we have enough food to allow our families to overeat. For the sake of holiday decorum, we avoid the thought that we could actually be […]
According to this site maintained by Dr. Martin Seligman, you can “develop insights into yourself and the world around you through these scientifically tested questionnaires, surveys, and scales.” I took a few of these tests (some only a few minutes) and might have learned a thing or two. The site has almost 400,000 registered users around […]
Andrew Sullivan declares here that whenever a Pope delares that “even closeted, chaste gay men cannot be priests,” he makes himself a legitimate target for the types of jokes recently aired on Italian television and radio.
MSNBC reports that Americans would be required to sign up for the military draft after turning 18 under a bill that will be introduced by Charles Rangel, a Democrat, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel states that bringing back the draft is a way to deter politicians from launching wars: […]
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In an article entitled, “Think Tank Will Promote Thinking,” the Washington Post informed its readers about the new wing of the Center for Inquiry: The goals of the new group are to establish relationships with sympathetic legislators, provide experts to give testimony before Congress, speak publicly on issues when they are in the news, and […]