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thought inoculation

I was pondering the subject of intellectual inoculation this morning. Primarily, which is the inoculation: To be able to read factual scientific evidence with piles of data behind it and still ignore it because it goes against your religious/political point of view? Or to be able to reject any mode of thinking that goes against [...]

Desire Utilitarianism

I’ve been reading about Desire Utilitarianism lately on the sites of Alonzo Fyfe (who has a blog as well as his main site) and Luke Muehlhauser …. Luke did an interview with Alonzo for his podcast and has some nice links on the subject, or you can just hit his FAQ on it.

An Atheist’s possibilities?

The bottom line is that a story of Jesus resurrection is much more likely to be because there were believers who believed it (truth or not) and shared it with other people willing to believe without any real proof (this was a time of much belief in many things) than because somebody was actually raised from the dead…. What I can’t do is look over at somebody and say “well THAT guy was raised from the dead so I’ve nothing to fear and I can jump off buildings for fun” because we don’t have ANY evidence for somebody being raised from the dead in modern times, and in fact the only claim any really significant number of modern western civilization people give any credence to is for somebody 2000 years ago. If I find an eye-witness account that says “Jethro fed his sheep in the year 12BCE” I have no reason to believe it didn’t happen because that is entirely consistent with what we expect people from that era to have done.

Expansive Ignorance

As I’ve been remiss in keeping CTDL updated for various reasons, I thought I’d point you to a blog which will stretch your mind far more than any of mine do. To demonstrate this I’ll quote a single sentence to request that you think on.

In other words, science is a method that chiefly expands our [...]

CTDL 213: Tasmanian Park

Michael Crichton is rolling over in his grave… or not.

A fragment of DNA from the Tasmanian tiger has been brought back to life.
Australian scientists extracted genetic material from a 100-year-old museum specimen, and put it into a mouse embryo to study how it worked.
It is the first time DNA of an [...]

CTDL 205: Nuclear revisited

It’s nice to see the UK putting nuclear power back on the table as an option. It may not be ideal, but it’s got potential to be a far cry better than the current alternatives.

The UK government confirmed in January that it was in the country’s long-term interest that nuclear power should play a role [...]

CTDL 202: Our three weapons are Religion, Science, Einstein, and oh I’ll come in again.

At the risk of stirring a pot (or poking a dog with a stick), I’ve got three excerpts on where science and religion meet.
The first is from the Archbishop of Westminster, who has some good advice to respect and treat with “deep esteem” atheists and agnostics. I think this advice should go for both sides.

The [...]

CTDL 200: On the sacred and the study

“The religious impulse addresses something just as concrete as the pursuit of scientific or historical knowledge: it addresses the human need for the sacred.” — Chris Hedges in I Don’t Believe in Athiests.
“His argument was not with God, but with those who believed that our understanding of the sacred had been completed.” — Ann Druyan [...]

CTDL 199: Fungi to the rescue

I’ve got visions of radioactive mushroom monsters roaming the countryside eating stray dogs… but aside from that it sounds like an interesting idea.

Dundee University researchers have found evidence that fungi can “lock” depleted uranium into a mineral form.
This would make it more difficult for the heavy metal – used in armour-piercing shells – [...]

CTDL 193: Atomic bomb results

The photos are not for the faint of heart, but are something everybody who votes should see. I don’t advocate peace at all cost (sometimes that cost is too high), but it’s always good to have some perspective into what the outcomes of a given action might be. The linked site has some very graphic [...]