Monthly Archives: April 2009

Time Shift

As I’ve said before, I count my lucky stars that I live where and when I do. Many people are not so lucky. Reading that takes me back to what it must have been like in Britain in the 1950s. … Continue reading

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Bad Science: Matthias Rath

If you do nothing else today, please go to Bad Science and read Ben Goldacre’s article on Matthias Rath. The article was supposed to be a chapter in Goldacre’s excellent book: Bad Science, but had to be removed because at … Continue reading

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Desert Nightmare

Another brilliant article from Johann Hari, this time recording the voices of the damned in that hell on earth: Dubai.

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Foghorns In The Mist

Our Maddy of the Sorrows is back with another of her hand-wringing pieces. This time Madeleine Bunting is being sorrowful that real debates about religion are being drowned by the foghorn voices of the “New Atheists”. Funny that, I always … Continue reading

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Not Fully Human

I see Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has let slip the mask of niceness and shown something of what lies beneath again. This time he was on BBC Radio 4 saying that atheists are "not fully human". What a lovely man.   … Continue reading

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Do I Look Fat In This?

Neurophilosophy has a great post on the latest research into body integrity and identity disorders.

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Apocalypse Now

Here’s a very entertaining look at a variety of doomsayers by the sociologist and editor of New Humanist, Laurie Taylor. They range from the very personable Father Dom Benedict Heron to those on the wilder shores of human behaviour. The video … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again

Slipping back into barbarism. A crowd of men stands by, watching silently.

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Under The Skin

That’s the title of the first novel by Michel Faber. And I guarantee that Under The Skin will, in all probability, get under your skin. If you want to have your assumptions rattled, then get it and read it. You may need … Continue reading

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An Open and Shut Case

Here’s a nice little video about open- and closed-mindedness. Good advice in under 10 minutes.       (hat tip to RichardDawkins.net)

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Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Austin Dacey reports on the recent events in the UN’s Human Rights Council during the debate on the "Combating the Defamation of Reglions" resolution. It makes depressing reading. His observation on the behaviour of the chair just about sums up … Continue reading

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Pot, Kettle, Part II

And here’s another wonderful example of cognitive dissonance at work: the news that the Catholic Church in America has banned the use of reiki in Catholic institutions, branding it "unscientific" and "inappropriate".   *facepalm*   Update: Over at Supersense, Bruce … Continue reading

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Pot, Kettle, Black…

I caught the last forty-five minutes of a one-hour programme on BBC 2 last night: Did Darwin Kill God? In it, Dr. Conor Cunningham, of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at Nottingham University, argued that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution … Continue reading

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