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Month: March 2008

Further Effects of “Child Abuse:” Spirituality Is Major Contributor to Children’s Happiness

Further Effects of “Child Abuse:” Spirituality Is Major Contributor to Children’s Happiness

Richard Dawkins is famously trying to convince the world that it’s abusive to raise children in a religious tradition–any religious tradition. It’s an ironically unscientific opinion, not just unsupported but actually contradicted by research. Mike Gene points to yet another instance of that: Spirituality — defined as an inner belief system — accounted for eight to 17 per cent of the average child’s sense of happiness, the study showed. By contrast, money, the marital status of parents and the child’s…

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“Inside Higher Ed” on PZ Myers and Expelled

“Inside Higher Ed” on PZ Myers and Expelled

Inside Higher Ed has a “Quick Take” today on PZ Myers jumping in uninvited on a conference call last week. Scroll down the page for the paragraph beginning: A tightly managed conference call with Ben Stein and producers of the upcoming documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” became the scene of yet another clash between proponents of intelligent design and defenders of evolutionary theory…. It’s a well balanced summary of the event. “Tightly managed” could have all kinds of connotations. The…

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I’ve Arrived!

I’ve Arrived!

Blogspotted by Panda’s Thumb! I’m so excited! What more could a blogger ask? Here’s what they said: Today we sat in on a conference call with the Expelled frauds. PZ has his story up, and others will probably follow. However, some people, including the producers of Expelled, have already taken to accuse us of crashing their call, much like the lies about PZ crashing the Expelled screening.This is false. We got an explicit invitation yesterday from Expelled‘s media relations firm…

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P.Z. Myers Crashes “Expelled” Again?

P.Z. Myers Crashes “Expelled” Again?

Update 8:45 pm: regarding accusations from Panda’s Thumb that this is a lie, please see here. At this moment there is a telephone conference call underway with Ben Stein and the producers of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It is an invitation-only conference. The call was interrupted by someone representing himself as P.Z. Myers, a Minnesota scientist and strident opponent of religion and of Intelligent Design. This person broke in and interrupted the call and accused the movie-makers of lying. This…

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Dawkins’s Aesthetic Argument for Evolution

Dawkins’s Aesthetic Argument for Evolution

An “aesthetic argument for evolution”–I hope it’s obvious to you, just by looking at it that this is self-contradictory. When arguing from some fact to a worldview, one ought to be pointing toward a worldview that can accommodate the fact. Richard Dawkins apparently takes an aesthetic argument as valid, yet as reported by Matt and Dana Higgins, he almost simultaneously supplies the material for his own refutation. They report from a lecture he gave in Austin, [Dawkins says] “Evolution is…

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“Apprehending Beauty”

“Apprehending Beauty”

For those of us who have debated whether morality is objective, this blog post takes it to another level: beauty is objective, too. One reader, responding to Gene Veith’s post on Aesthetics & American Idol, writes, “Learning to subjectively like what is objectively good at first bounced off of my 3am quick-read blog-scan. But then I realized that this exact thing happened to me and I shall anecdote-ize it thus: “When first I approached Milton’s Paradise Lost I knew that…

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EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere

EXPELLED Controversy Top Issue in Blogosphere

Something amazing happened yesterday. The controversy around Premise Media’s upcoming movie Ben Stein’s EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed became the hottest topic in the blogosphere. According to BlogPulse, a service of Nielsen Buzzmetrics, the issue held the number one slot throughout the day on Monday, March 24th (http://www.blogpulse.com). There were also over 800 results on Technorati (www.technorati.com). “It is amazing to see the reaction of PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins and their cohorts when one of them is simply expelled from a…

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