Monthly Archives: May 2007

Should Damian Thompson be excommunicated?

I only ask, because yesterday he had “a thoroughly humane and sensible post”:http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ukcorrespondents/holysmoke/may07/anencephalyabortion.htm up on his blog arguing that the Irish girl who wants to come here and abort her anencephalic baby should do so. bq. The Catholic Church will … Continue reading Continue reading

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Why I am an agnostic

The excellent “Gene Expression”:http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/ blog has a “pointer”:http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2007/05/religion_makes_a_sharp_mind.php to a “Plos Article”:http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050138 on the effects of meditation on the brain: after three months practising , people got better at noticing things which in normal life we can’t (very crude summary). … Continue reading Continue reading

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A project

Isn’t it time to naturalise the study of atheism? Continue reading

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A note on Swedish pronunciation, and an appeal

I need to put some kind of pronunciation guide I think, into the book. The most elegant answer would be to do the whole thing in “IPA”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPA but of course anyone prepared to do that could just as well look … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sick and dizzy

The book has gone off, as a pdf, to _Granta_ today. The choice of format is because I know they are people to whom scribbling on paper comes more naturally than annotating; I don’t want to spend more time faffing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Climate change and money

Glancing at Damian Thompson’s blog, I see the well-known trope of climate change denialists — that those who advocate the reality of anthropogenic global warming are very well paid for their efforts. The implication is not just that the denialists … Continue reading Continue reading

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Small random thought from death march

(I know it’s now death May: that’s known as deadline slippage) Monomaniacs, even Melanie Phillips do sometimes get somethings right. Even a stopped clock must be right twice a day but possibly paranoiacs are right more often, for if their … Continue reading Continue reading

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I am an idiot

You’d have thought, after ten years writing about religious journalism in this country, and twenty years perpetrating the stuff, that I would know better than to take any _Times_ exclusive at face value. You would be wrong. I should have … Continue reading Continue reading

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