Casey makes sense

It is not often I can agree with a creationist on issues around atheism and evolution, science and god, so I was very pleased to see Casey Luskin talking some sense over at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. In this talk, instead of the usual...

For the love of God

The love of God seems so easily to twist and distort human beings' innate sense of morality. Throughout history, it has led people to commit terrible acts. So much so, one would have thought the god believers would no longer be able to shock and...

Stealing from the taxpayer

The political class apparently are congenitally unable to tell the difference between their own money and the taxpayers'. The unelected and unelectable homophobic, Islamophobia card playing, Baroness Warsi is the latest in a depressingly long list of...

The deficit

There is a lot of talk in Europe about deficits. Mainly, these discussions are conducted in techocratese, full of jargon that serves more to obscure than reveal. And that is hardly surprising as the problems are fundamentally the result of the 2008...

Creativity and Creationism

Whilst it is an axiom that the so called knowledge churned out by creationists is pure bunk, nevertheless, one cannot but on occasion admire the creativity of their arguments. One example of such creativity can be seen on the Answers in Genesis...

The long march

In 1660 John Cook was hanged, drawn and quartered. A truly horrific fate. Yet, he was guilty of no crime. His own judgement, expressed in a letter immediately prior to his execution, stands the test of history. He wrote: 'We fought for the public good...

Newspapers and Warren

Everyone says the newspaper industry is dead; the business model no longer works - just a matter of time until they bury the corpse. Well, the other day, Warren Buffet spent a hundred and forty-two million dollars buying Media General newspapers. Does...

On tools and dead peasants

Markets are tools. They are human inventions, created to serve human collective purposes. And just like a hammer can be used for beneficial purposes or harmful purposes, so too can markets. The idea of the market is, at least, as old as the...

On the inscrutable ways of Gove

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has a reputation as an intellectual. But I cannot understand why. It is true that he attended Oxford University for three years, yet search as ye might, finding any suggestion, let alone evidence,...

On quality and popularity

There are plenty of posts about politics in the US. Some are very good, some less so. For some reason, quality and popularity do not always go together. Well, one of the really interesting bloggers on US politics here at thoughts.com goes by the...

Role of the media?

There is a very interesting argument taking place in China on the role of the media. The Beijing Daily today published an article criticising the influence of western values on the media in China. The article is highly critical of media reports that...

Bisexual philopatry

If you know what the phrase bisexual philopatry means - good for you. If you don't, you might be looking it up - but, if you are a professional journalist, I doubt it. My doubt is based on a whole series of pieces on dolphins that have appeared...

On predictions

As the results of the general election in Greece were announced, I made two predictions.* The first was that the parties would not be able to form a government and a further election would have to be held next month. The second prediction was that the...

Religion and knowledge

The god believers like to claim that you cannot disprove god. I hear this from Christians all the time. They apparently think this is some kind of knock down argument. But it is so weak as to be childish. For the only god that cannot be disproved is...

China: the next economic step

The current five year plan is set to change China, fundamentally. It switches the emphasis from growth (although, that will still be spectacular by contrast with western capitalism) to consumption. The plan mandates a fifteen percent rise in living...

The Avenger

Eurotopia. Present. White widows march through the capital's streets. From the window of a tall building, Mecat stares down at the unseemly display of grief. 'They should be lying with their good for nothing, lazy husbands,' he snarls....

Etymology and Folk

Doubtless, you will have heard the expression humble pie. It is a rather neat illustration of folk etymology. You see the dish really does exist. It dates back to medieval times, at least. It is made from umbles, which are the innards of a deer....

On honour and pragmatism

The stories a people tell are a window to the values of a society. This is well illustrated by the Chushingura, the fictionalised accounts of the forty-seven samurai, Japan's national legend. The story is based on actual events, which occurred at...

A flame of propaganda

Today, as I write, the Olympic flame is being lit in Olympia, whence it will by relay slowly wend and meander its way to London. Many people simply take it for granted that this tradition dates back to ancient Greece. But that makes no sense at all....

The missing writings

As we wend our way through this vale of tears, we inevitably leave many traces, evidence of our passing, footprints in the sands of time. This is unavoidable. Time and the elements take their toll and many of those traces are torn to pieces, and decay...

Demo vs Euro Cracy

In yesterday's general election in Greece, the people overwhelmingly cast their votes for democracy, and, even more clearly, against Eurocracy. More than six-five percent of the voters supported parties opposing the Troika imposed finance capital...

On heathens, neologisms and a philosopher

The antics of Dr Baggini are truly beyond belief. This self professed atheist has been banging on for months about how atheists and the god botherers ought to have a nice friendly dialogue. In column after column in the Guardian, he has been been...