Daily Archives: January 29, 2011


Do not visit web sites if your computer is running Windows. Recent reports indicate that your computer could be taken over by malicious forces.

Egypt vs. the Netizins.

Model predicts ‘religiosity gene’ will dominate society. OMG. Ooops, did I say that?

And finally, the Antikythera Mechanism was a computer built in Greece at around 100 BCE. It is an astronomical device for ascertaining the positions of celestial bodies and it is quite accurate. Some crazy scientists bult a fully-functional Lego replica of the device:

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Does The Rite Have the Right Stuff?

As an ex-Catholic, I can appreciate a good movie involving Satin1 or his Minions. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, I get the jokes.2 Some of them are rather subtle and require an understanding of church dogma. Also, I can relate to the stranger side of the belief system from personal experience. When the book The Exorcist came out, everyone in my family read it, we all discussed it, and we considered the question: “Is it true or not?” And we decided that it was true. It probably helped that my cousin was a trained Exorcist, though I don’t believe he ever actually exorcised anyone. It is said, though, that he witnessed … strange things … when in Rome learning the craft.
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“The Creation Museum” Jessie and Casey Clausen on Atheists Talk #101, January 30, 2011

Creationism may seem like a joke to most atheists. After all, how could the univerese and everything in it be only 6000 years old, when the light from galaxies 10 billian light years away takes (you guessed it) 10 billion years to get here?That was the question I had initially asked when I heard that there are serious people who insist that the Biblical story of creation should be taken literally in all ways. I was using Man’s Reason on which to base my beliefs that the universe is old. I wasn’t going to the “true source” of all knowledge to get the straight dope on Creation.


Ask Me a Question about Human Universals and Get Your Fill of Kissing

These two things are only indirectly connected:
What this all means:

On Friday the 4th, Skeptically Speaking will have a pre-recorded interview with Sheril. On that same show, I’ll do a pre-recored installment of “Everything…”. You can go to the link and click on “ask a question”, but do it before Noon EST on Tuesday. If there are too many questions, I’ll address some of them in a blog post.

I believe Sheril’s spot has already been recorded. But if you have a question for her just ask me and I’ll answer it in falsetto. No, not really.