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Tough Love

There are times when science just doesn’t want to love you back. This condition has a name: we call it “The Scientific Process.”

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Pigs and the Human Condition (Plus, Pigs Are Cute)

Attributes like “poisonous,” “filthy,” or “wallowing in urine and excrement” sound suspiciously familiar.

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First They Came for the Comics, Now They Come for the Games

Steve Pope is still determined to become the Fredric Wertham of our time.

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Steven Pinker and How Communication Relates to Revolution

Why infinite regress in our mutual knowledge about what we’re talking about is good for us some of the time, but not always so.

Sam Harris

Sam Harris in Berkeley: Can Science Determine Human Values?

Sam Harris’s terrific presentation in Berkeley about how science is the best tool we have at our disposal to alleviate human suffering and advance well-being.

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Free Will(y)

If there’s no “free will,” are humans “just” input-output machines? Not at all: the secret is complexity.

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On Condom Use (Just One Sentence)

Not for the easily offended.

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On Gay Marriage: Maggie Gallagher Meets St. Peter

And people always ask me why I’m pro-Second Amendment.

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George Carlin on Customs

“Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government sucked ’em away. And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges, that’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges.”

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A Letter From Mark Twain: An Update on Quack, Bad Advertising Copy, and Writer’s Wrath

Mark Twain in response to a sales letter-cum-advertisement for a “patent medicine” to cure meningitis, diphtheria, and other ailments.

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Homeopathy and the Central Powers of Quack

For many people, it’s not that they don’t know what homeopathy really is. Rather, they don’t want to know—without being fully aware of it—for powerful reasons.

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George Carlin on Religion

“I say ‘this guy,’ because I firmly believe, looking at these results, that if there is a God, it has to be a man. No woman could ever fuck things up like this.”

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Stephen Fry at the Intelligence Squared Debate

“The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese. And that, in erotic terms, is the Catholic church in a nutshell.”

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Yes, Virginia, Religion Is Child Abuse

Indeed there is a hell, and children’s minds are where they built it. A recent video clip from Thunderf00t and a lengthy excerpt from James Joyce.

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Lewis Black on Creationism: The Devil’s Handiwork

“There are people who believe that dinosaurs and men lived together. There are museums that children go to, in which they built dioramas to show them this.”

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson


Logorama, Bibendum, William Gibson: a quotation from my doctoral thesis on iconic brands, politics, and the common roots of democracy and modes of production.


Pig Stories, Dog Stories, Our Stories

Every relationship is a story that does something in the world, and there is a lot that lives on in these stories, and lives on with these stories in our minds.

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Bowen Technique: The Latest in Quack

In order to evaluate the efficacy of Bowenwork, it is recommended not to use magnets for 5–7 days after a session.

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Yet Another Reason Why I Love PZ Myers (And Might Have to Marry Him Once Hussein al-Obama Has Instituted Mandatory Cephalopolygamy)

… in the Islamic Republic of America.

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Reason, Rhetoric, and the Politics of Religion

The rather confrontational style of Pat Condell isn’t for the faint-hearted or feeble-minded. But emotional & offensive doesn’t equal irrational & unreasonable.