Monthly Archives: October 2006

The pleasures of argument

I got back from “the PZ Myers tour”:http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/10/london_howlerfest.php of the Natural History Museum last night with “an evil shit-eating grin,”:http://pharyngula.org/images/Howlerfest_London/tb_8.jpg saying “It was so nice to be able to _argue_ with people” … and indeed I had been trying to … Continue reading Continue reading

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600,000 and deNazification

I like Germans; I like Americans. I’m even quite fond of the English. But when I look at the reactions to the Lancet study on Iraqi deaths. I am reminded of a photograph reproduced in Tony Judt’s Postwar. A small … Continue reading Continue reading

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In his mighty name

I know I waste a lot of time with computers; but there are some things they’re better at than humans are. For instance, could _you_ count the number of times that the words “Richard Dawkins” appear on “the front page”:http://richarddawkins.net/ … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sock Puppet with crozier

The front page of the Church of Nigeria’s offical website carries -a news article- an “article”:http://www.anglican-nig.org/sagaywrites.htm (“thanks”:http://www.frizzylogic.org/fl/) from a Nigerian Newspaper from which I excerpt the following passage: bq. Outside of the hallowed precincts of the Church and his Bishop’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sock Puppet in a dog collar

“This”:http://www.shipoffools.com/Features/2006/mystery_bullshipper.html (“via”:http://timescolumns.typepad.com/gledhill/2006/10/a_priest_in_the.html) is a completely wonderful story. In brief, the vicar of a very high Anglo-Catholic Church in Reading has been caught posting flattering anonymous reviews of his own sermons, dress sense, and singing voice on the “Ship of Fools”:www.shipoffools.com … Continue reading Continue reading

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A small ethical dilemma

Suppose you are aware of a disreputable story about person x, known to you; you find a version of this story — entirely anonymised — on a blog kept by person y, known to both you and x, but not, … Continue reading

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An act of God

There was a sizable thunderstorm here on Sunday which took out both my router and my cable modem. The router has been replaced; the internet connection may be back on Wednesday or may not;. In the mean time, anyone who … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is God a teapot?

It is a standard atheist trope to claim that the existence of God can no more be disproved than the existence of a teapot orbiting Mars. So why worry that he might exist? Well, the obvious difference is that no … Continue reading Continue reading

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Torture: an instructional video

Would it help explain the issues to make a film in a prominent torture supporter is kidnapped and waterboarded, on video, until he agrees to say that he, not Monica Lewinsky, gave Bill Clinton a blow job; also that torture … Continue reading Continue reading

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