Monthly Archives: July 2007

Assorted Comedies

On the one hand, the _New York Times_ reports on a [“porn star becoming an Episcopalian priest”: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/fashion/15fontana.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print] Fr. Rod Fontana has a certain ring to it, no? (UPDATE: It turns out this story is false in almost all the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Don’t Feed the Boars

You might think that the moral of a story coming out of Sweden would be “Don’t feed the trolls”, but, no: according to the _Hallands Post_ there is a problem with the wild boars that are re-establishing themselves in the … Continue reading Continue reading

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security horrors

Trillian, IE, and Firefox all turn out to be “vulnerable to nasty attacks”:http://www.oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog/2007/07/not_for_the_faint_of_heart_mul.html which will take some months to fix. I was particularly horrified by the fact that the authors have encoded an entire Google page into an URL — … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hitchens being silly

Michael Gersen, the man who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil”, had an op-ed defending religion in the _Washington Post._ There is the nice irony that if his beliefs are correct, the consequences of his wicked act will be worse … Continue reading Continue reading

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Philip Kitcher on Darwin

I think I put up a post saying, briefly, that Philip Kitcher’s _Living with Darwin_ was a very good short book. Here is an extract answering a question that has often puzzled me – and, incidentally, suggesting why Dennett’s book … Continue reading

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Reading from left to right

[“Blair, Bush, Brown”:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/n/a/2007/07/13/international/i113736D68.DTL&o=0&type=bondage] — the _San Francisco Chronicle_ captures the essence of our position. Continue reading

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Make yourself smarter

Listen to “this documentary”:http://tinyurl.com/2xsdgv next Wednesday, on Neurogenesis. It’s what Louise and I were up to in the States in May. Continue reading

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Mistah Kurtz – he back – this time as farce!

I have had to read Sam Harris’ book "The End of Faith" for a project I am doing. My (then) publisher urged a proof copy on my in 2004, saying that I should see what was being said about religion. … Continue reading Continue reading

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In wholly unrelated news

The civil servant responsible for Swedish government policy on mobile phones is called “Urban Landmark”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_16131971.asp Continue reading

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Jesus H F Christ

Good luck to the _Wall Street Journal:_ here is the news from another part of Murdoch empire. Is there, really, any term for this propaganda but “fascist”? via “Larry Moran”:http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2007/07/socialized-medicine-will-make-america.html Continue reading

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