I just enjoyed the latest episode of Radiolab, The Bad Show, and I thought I’d give Jad and Robert a little morality talking-to.
Not that they need it of course, being swell fellas, but during the episode they come to a bit of an impasse when it comes to weighing Fritz Haber‘s legacy.
I just watched the Tim Minchin song that ITV refused to air. His little rant that accompanies the video is a good one: fair, strong, opinionated, personal.
One line stuck out:
…the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any [...]
(A good friend, with whom I’ve had some intense discussions about religion, sent me a link to this NYTimes article about atheist morality, along with the note asking me what I thought. Here’s what I think.)
Thanks for the heads up on this. I frequent The Stone column—one of the only arenas in the [...]
Over at the NYTimes, Greg Walton and Carol Dweck wrote an op-ed about their work on willpower. Give it a read, fer sure.
Don’t expect a blustery response from me: I don’t know the details of their research.
I can’t resist a few interpretive points, however. The article begins:
Is willpower an illusion? Is [...]
In a recent Wall Street Journal Raymond Tallis reviews two books, Who’s in Charge? by Gazzaniga and Incomplete Nature by Deacon. I haven’t read the books so I won’t comment on them, but the review is frankly embarrassing, another fear-of-science knee-jerk of the kind we all hoped had been left behind in the previous century but unfortunately still [...]
It’s been a fun week to be a free-will-is-a-myth nerd.
Suddenly everyone’s weighing in on determinism. Massimo, Sean, Jerry, and now PZ.
As I mentioned previously, often [...]
Yes, #ManCardRevoked is trending on twitter. Yippee.
I took a look while eating my lunch. Here’s what I found.
First of all, I’m coming at it from the angle best summarized by this tweet:
You don’t draw your self-worth from an adherence to arbitrary rules of living defined by advertisers and television shows? #ManCardRevoked
If you follow this blog, you will notice that Massimo and I do not agree on various points. I will continue to voice my opinion—dat’s what da [...]
Björn Brembs really really wants to believe in contra-causal free will. So much so that he sees those of us who don’t as being akin to deluded theists. At least I think that’s what he’s implying with his post title What Does Determinism Have In Common With Gods, The Flying Spaghetti Monster And Pink, [...]
(This is vaguely a response to this icky creepy bubble ad which starts
normal and then goes all “toxins” and then is just creepy.)
I mean, like, what’s in stuff? No, what’s in stuff really?
I just grabbed my bottle of Swad Onion Chutney and what the… what is [...]
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