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by Luke Muehlhauser on April 23, 2010 in News

Noam Chomsky on religion, humanism, secularism, and the New Atheists. [part 1, part 2] Also, an interview with Michael Martin. And best of all: Ronald Inglehart and David Sloan Wilson [part 1, part 2], and also Gregory Paul (applying Inglehart’s work to America in particular). From Equal Time for Freethought.

I finally figured out how to put my podcast episodes on YouTube for greater exposure. The first one I did is my Stephen Maitzen interview.

Early Modern Texts is the effort of retired scholar Jonathan Bennett to paraphrase the texts of early modern philosophers so that the arguments and much of the language remains in tact, but the meaning is made more clear for modern readers. (English has changed quite a bit since the time of Descartes and Leibniz.) The types of changes made are explained here. Finally, I may actually bother to read Kant – or at least, a paraphrase.

“Hey, they can’t murder all of us.” Reddit has a long thread of depictions of Mohammed: playing Counter-Strike, as Captain Haddock, as a cumslut, reading the Bible, happy as a pig, as pedobear, keeping women in line, beheading, as Marmaduke, as Mohammed Rex, as an angry guy, as a crybaby, as evil incarnate, scratching himself, with Aisha, as a pig, hangin’ with Jesus, enjoying sunshine, as Osama bin Killtron, and in South Park.

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Steve Maitzen April 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

Luke, I’m flattered. Cheers.


Taranu April 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

Luke, this is awesome! Like your blog. The only thing I don’t understand is why I cannot download the interview with Michael Martin. Is everything alright with the link? Can you please tell me the title of the episode?


Hermes April 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Taranu, the link worked for me earlier and worked for me again about 10 seconds ago.


Bill Maher April 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Luke, Kant is pretty dreadful. I am still having post-traumatic stress from I had to read the prolegomena in 19th century philosophy.


Jeff H April 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Luke, Kant is pretty dreadful. I am still having post-traumatic stress from I had to read the prolegomena in 19th century philosophy.  

I concur. I decided to read A Critique of Practical Reason and it took me months to get through. The only way I made it through was through sheer stubbornness and a hint of masochistic attitude. Very, very dry stuff. I’m not sure that even a modern language version would be much better.


lukeprog April 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm


I dunno. Works for me. Try right-click -> Save Link As…


Hermes April 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Kant? Bah. Tinkertoys. Heidegger. Sein und Zeit (Being and Time). I’ve heard the newer (1990s) translation is better, the older one was a bear.


Chris April 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Schopenhauer pwns Kant and is a pleasure to read.


Scott April 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I want this Mohammad shirt:

I’m actually reading both Heidegger and Kant right now for two different classes. I feel like beating my head against a wall. I need to clear my mind soon.


Bill Maher April 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Hermes, I agree.
Heidegger’s writings are the polar opposite of Bertrand Russell’s. They are -100 on a scale of 1-10 in enjoyment. His essay, Building, Dwelling, Thinking is easier to read and not that long. Heidegger is too mystical for me.


Jake de Backer April 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Kant’s awful. Heidegger’s worse. Hegel make’s them both look like masters of prose.

Such is the case with these gentlemen that great thinkers do not always great writers make.



Rhys Wilkins April 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Man those Muhammad cartoons are right on the money :) more please!


lukeprog April 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm


Check the reddit thread for lots more.


SBell April 24, 2010 at 3:50 am

>(English has changed quite a bit since Descartes and Leibniz.)

Especially since they wrote in French and German!

If you want a decent clear introduction to Kant, by the way, the section from Copleston’s History of Philosophy is a good place to start.


GG April 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

Very interesting, thank you.


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