Common Sense Atheism is back from Christmas Break!
I was a guest on the last three episodes of the Apologia podcast, discussing Sam Harris’ book The Moral Landscape. I’m really happy with what the gang put together; an excellent discussion!
Epiphenom’s summary of 2010 posts on the psychology and sociology of religion. Goldmine!
Brian Leiter on Jewish Poker Philosophy, ending with a choice quote from Nietzsche: “Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound strive for obscurity.” Also see: Orwell, “Politics and the English Language.”
The U.S. has previously bombed Al Jezeera‘s Iraq and Kabul bureaus, and a leaked memo shows that Bush and Blair discussed bombing their headquarters in Qatar, where 1,000 people work. I’ll say it again: Those in power hate democracy and free speech.
A religious reader responds (briefly) to Theism and Explanation.
Why did I not know that we detonated a nuclear bomb in outer space during the cold war, and took video of it?
Alvin Goldman is, along with Steve Fuller, one of the leading researchers in social epistemology (When should we trust experts? How should we respond to testimony? etc.), and he recently published “The Social Epistemology of Blogging.”
An excellent article on efficient charity and its importance.
God that was a long wait. The Tree of Life trailer has arrived.
- Canada, too, is marching away from religion.
- Several reactions to the “You Know It’s a Myth” billboard put up above the Lincoln tunnel between NJ and NY.
- How pugs are made.
- Lovely Carl Sagan Video: We Humans Are Capable of Greatness.
- Tons of great learning links on cognitive science, from the author of the recent Cambridge textbook on the subject.
- First movie filmed by cats.
- A typical day in the life of the coolest guy in the world.
- Parrot sings “Let the bodies hit the floor” by Drowning Pool.
- Guardian journalists and many others pledge to join Wikileaks in the fight for democracy.
- Christopher Hitchens BAMF compilation.
- “Stars, Mud, and Love” – one blog’s introduction to materialism.
- A Bayesian take on Julian Assange.
- A video compilation of awesome dogs.
- Huh. Cillian Murphy became an atheist while researching his role as a scientist in the movie ‘Sunshine.’
- U.S. media manage to paint a flattering picture of the U.S.A. no matter what.
- A listing of voted-favorite quotes on rationality.
- How Pascal’s Wager Saved My Soul.
- Now this looks like a good time skiing.
- Mathematician George Polya: “How to Solve It.“
- Ricky Gervais’ essay on atheism.
- Three philosophy courses with John Searle, on iTunes for free.
- A quick demonstration of the gaping holes in Facebook privacy.
- How science bloggers help science.
- A man is dating three women…
- Best interview with Julian Assange yet; not surprisingly, from Al Jazeera.
- “God: Good at making touchdowns happen, not so much at curing cancer.”
- 1 in 3 British Muslim students support killing for Islam, and 40% want Sharia law.
- Book just discovered: ‘Philosophy for Kids‘ (ages 4-8).
- ‘The Simpsons’ makes fun of graduate students.
- Timeline of progress in artificial intelligence.
- Video: Always keep your eyes on the road.
- Video on the love affair between Hollywood and the military-industrial complex: Equipment traded for propoganda.
- Perhaps my favorite song about Christmas.
- Philosopher John Haldane defends philosophy and natural theology from Stephen Hawking’s claim that they are both dead.
- Every ‘best paper’ winner from major computer science conferences in recent years.
- The annual List of Lists for 2010. Hours of awesomeness.
- Sam Harris: “A New Year’s Resolution for the Rich.”
- You can make money off of people who actually believe really stupid things like the rapture: AfterTheRapturePetCare.com.
- The word “science” passed “religion” in book-mentions-per-year in 1925.
- Divine attributes: state of the discussion.
- Mocking natural theology, Richard Carrier argues at length in defense of the existence of Santa Claus.
Best movies I saw for the first time in 2010:
- Gummo (1997, Harmony Korine)
- Enter the Void (2009, Gaspar Noe)
- Inception (2010, Chris Nolan)
- Buffalo ’66 (1998, Vincent Gallo)
- Coraline (2009, Henry Selick)
- The Piano Teacher (2001, Michael Haneke)
- The Social Network (2009, David Fincher)
- Up in the Air (2009, Jason Reitman)
- A Serious Man (2009, Coen Brothers)
- Black Swan (2010, Darren Aronofsky)
- Fish Tank (2009, Andrea Arnold)
- Avatar (2009, James Cameron)
And no, I don’t what I mean by “best.” It’s not identical to “most enjoyed,” but it’s correlated with that.