Category: Science & technology

Like selling Bibles to believers

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

By , Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 02:00 PM CDT

 

Richard Dawkins, the preppy septuagenarian and professional atheist whose work in the field of evolutionary biology informs his godless worldview, has always been a prickly fellow. The British scientist and former Oxford University professor has expended considerable ink and precious breath rationalizing away the possibility of cosmic forces and explaining in scientific terms why those who believe in a divine … [more]

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Understanding our history a little better

Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language?

By Robert Fisk, Monday 31 December 2012

 

I’ve heard all kinds of reasons for the Arab-Israeli failure to agree on UN Security Council Resolution 242 – because the Arabic text calls upon Israel to withdraw from ‘the lands occupied by Israel in 1967’ (including the West Bank, Gaza and Golan) whereas the English text (as the Americans intended) leaves out the word ‘the’. So ‘occupied land’ leaves the Israelis free … [more]

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Connected solely by religion

The Jewish people’s ultimate treasure hunt

By , Dec.28, 2012 9:12 AM

 

“Just imagine a group of blind people who encounter an elephant for the first time in their lives. They place their hands on it and touch it in order to understand what kind of animal it is. But each of them feels a different part of the elephant’s body so that, in the end, each of them gains a different impression as to what sort … [more]

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Bloody science

Sod the scientific warnings – here’s why I’ll keep on running

By , Saturday 1 December 2012 06.00 EST

 

Bloody science. For a discipline that’s supposed to be all about accuracy and provable facts, you never know where you are with it. Barely a day goes by without the papers reporting a new study that seems to contradict a previous study on the same subject. “Forget about X, it’s all about Y”.

Exercise is no different. One … [more]

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Fire from below

Mr. President, remember me? It’s Bill Ayers

By Bill Ayers, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 02:00 PM CST

 

I have a backpack filled to overflowing with grievance and discontent, dissent and demand, as well as wild hopes and radical aspirations: end the wars and the drone strikes, slash the pentagon, fight for universal health care, tear down these walls, recognize and stand with the poor and the working class, assail poverty, put teeth into global warming measures — the list … [more]

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The tyranny of a metaphor

Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and ‘Voluntary Abortion’ in Ohio

By , 11/01/2012 10:30 am

 

On June 19, the state of Ohio declared that I had a voluntary abortion. My rabbi and my doctors disagreed. I simply wanted to be pregnant.

The ordeal began two weeks earlier; I was in stirrups. The sonogram technician needed more images. When she got them she looked ashen. “You should see a doctor today,” she emphasized as she handed me the printed … [more]

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Memoir of the dying process

Hitchens’ “Mortality” evokes an unforgettable voice

By Hussein Ibish,  September 11, 2012

 

Narratives about dying are among the least appealing genre of memoir. Whether first-person or narrated by some long-suffering beloved, it seems almost impossible to strike a tone that is sufficiently moving and engaging, while simultaneously avoiding the maudlin, predictable or downright dull.

Given this opinion, had he not been a close friend of mine, I would probably have avoided reading Christopher Hitchens’ final, posthumously published, book, … [more]

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