In the face of right-wing fungelical squeaking about transgendered individuals and the bathrooms they should or should not be permitted to use, a school in Thailand has actually built a separate WC for its transgendered students.
You lucky folks from Missouri, the power of Cheesus is in your state! Just look at him
This has finally proven that some folks began to put him in the shroud before he was taken off the cross. They didn't have all day ya' know? His head is very small, which is not at all surprising, but he apparently rocked out a ponytail years before it was… Continue
I was thinking of a thought experiment to try and teach my child when she comes of age about the very basics of religion and atheism and why I stand where I do. This is what came to me as I lay trying to fall asleep last night.
Take two cups, one clear and one opaque, fill the clear one up with stones, beads, etc.. or a wide range of colors, have the opaque cup upside-down on a table. Tell the person that under this cup there may or may not be a stone under the cup and then ask them… Continue
Added by Eli on July 30, 2008 at 11:10am —
I write. I intend it as a broad statement, just as much as 'aerobic organisms require oxygen.' It would, in fact, be more correct to say that writing has come to be a prerequisite for my own well-being, as I have painfully found out in circumstances that made it impossible for me to write anything creative for long periods of time. Ah, daily routine, how I loathe thee!
I write for many reasons, probably for more than I can consciously put my fingers on. Most times, as I sit down in… Continue
Added by Fabio on July 30, 2008 at 9:30am —
So, I was half-watching Dan Abrams's Verdict! last night and he did a bit about this case.
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.
First off....oh, gee, look...it's Texas, home of Joe Horn. Go figure.
I have very little doubt you'll find a positive correlation that will stand up to statistical analysis. However, I think you'd be barking up the wrong tree. If you did a similar study on people in general with active and inquiring… Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on July 30, 2008 at 4:56am —
A couple days ago, for no particular reason, I've started looking at some of the arguments for dualism. I began by trying to find a decent definition of the soul--to figure out what exactly these arguments are supposed to prove. But I haven't gotten very far, what, with another gigantic painting I'm working on, and just being easily distracted, in general. But I've been trying to read the catholic encyclopedia's entry on the soul. It is illuminating, if for nothing else, on the difference… Continue
Added by Maria on July 29, 2008 at 8:12pm —
I've finally finished nailing down all the technical aspects of getting my podcast up and running...just in time for me to leave town for a week! In less then 24 hours I'm leaving for a five day hiking/fishing trip to the greater north woods of Minnesota. I see freshly grilled walleye and s'mores in my near future...
Ahh... So I've just come back from Florida, and the trip was amazing! Gulf-front condo, right on the dunes :) Hard work pays off, and how. My hubby Matt and I stayed in Seacrest beach, about 5 minutes from Seaside, where they filmed the Truman Show. The town was great; all the crackerbox houses and condos are painted various pastel shades, and the beaches are all private! We took about a bajillion pictures, so I'll be posting those this afternoon. I picked up Stephen Hawking's A Brief…Continue
Romancing free will is but an attempted love affair, a love affair with one’s self, with control, an effort towards independence from the causal environment. But because we are part of the casual environment, no real betrayal can be made, for any attempt to divorce from ones arranged marriage would be determined by the very union one is attempting to break. We are in wedlock, a civil union where we take on the role of both spouses. Not only are we casualties of our environment but also… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:57am —
I was lucky enough to miss the whole WYD / Pope circus - and slack enough to miss an ideal opportunity to mail bomb our major newspapers' letters columns about something I find rather infuriating - and a clear example of the extent of our dysfunctional western social myopia.
Some weeks prior to Pope-fest, we were flooded with nightly news updates of one lynch mob or another running released kiddie diddler Dennis…Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on July 29, 2008 at 8:30am —
It is a shame that I've had to wait so long to see Democrats excited about an election--an election we have a wonderfully good chance of winning--only to be biffed in the face by my party at the same time. As the country makes a swing to the left, the Democratic party is making a swing to the right--the evangelical right, that is. It's not that I think while they are consciously appealing the the religious they are simultaneously consciously dissing the godless. In fact, I'll say that they have… Continue
Determinism doesn’t give a squat about the meaning of something. It simply acknowledges that the motion of events\actions are due to a perpetual cause and effect relationship.
Those who think there is free-will on the other hand, they claim they have control and choices, that they are free from causality, and have control to work towards some seemingly meaningful purpose. It seems more meaningful to the individual specifically when they think they have control. So among other… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:08am —
I often hear from religionists in general and Christians in particular that we cannot fathom the way god works or that we must place faith in god's plan. And, most perplexingly of all, I have often heard that we cannot question the authenticity of the Bible. According to these people the Bible has been written by the creator of the universe and is perfectly constructed without error.
I know that most Christians in the United States probably do not believe that, but then again I'm not… Continue