Monthly Archives: July 2014

Recent Links and Comments: Dinesh D’Souza, PZ Myers, John C. Wright

Slate: A Congressman Signs Up for the Dinesh D’Souza Tantrum Tour This reflects, it seems to be, the popular jingoistic notion that one’s own country — or state, or city, or sports team — can never be wrong, must always … Continue reading

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Recent Links and Comments: Ken Ham, Timothy Egan, Valerie Tarico, Adam Frank, Nathaniel Frank

I’m some two weeks behind on posting comments and links here, though I’ve been compiling such links for eventual posting. Website issues have preoccupied me. Here’s a first bunch of them. More tomorrow. 23 July: Salon: The Christian right’s 5 … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night: sfadb; Mahler 5

It’s only because I’m on a roll, with updates to sfadb.com, and because Yeong is out of town, visiting his elder son in Chicago, that I am sitting at home on a late Tuesday evening compiling and posting this past … Continue reading

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In the Quiet of the Railway Station

I do declare, there were times I was so lonesome I took some comfort there… In the clearing stands a boxer…

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Today’s Odds and Ends: Conservative rejection of science; Christians’ perceived persecution; Dinesh D’Souza’s paranoia

There have been several articles in recent days about how people [conservatives] who don’t accept evolution or climate science don’t necessarily know less about those subjects than others… they do so because their “community” rejects such conclusions, by instinct. New … Continue reading

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Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

I came across couple audio tracks from Sam Harris on how Christian morality not only makes no sense, but can be regarded as positively despicable. I realize that a large majority of the American population subscribes to this morality (and … Continue reading

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Another Apologetic

Slate has an article today, Know Nothing: The true history of atheism, that is an attack on the “new atheists” and a defense, i.e. an “apologetic”, for traditional Christian faith. My fascination about such pieces is that they *invariably* assume … Continue reading

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Literary SF authors

Thought of the day – is a characteristic of a ‘literary’ genre SF writer one who writes short fiction? (By ‘genre SF writer’ I exclude those ‘outsider’ literary authors who happen to write books resembling SF. Like today’s example, Edan … Continue reading

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Parents and Children

On Sunday I posted this link and comment on Facebook: Major New Study Finds Kids Raised by Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Healthier and Happier’ Contrary to the right-wing funded studies in the US, such as the debunked Regnerus study, that have … Continue reading

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We’ll ride on the rain… we’ll worship the wind

We watched Pedro Almodovar’s Law of Desire the other night, a 1987 film possibly set earlier, since there is a scene in which a famous 1960s pop song, “If You Go Away”, is sung [in Spanish] to a stage performance. … Continue reading

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