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Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Beating a Dead Haeckel

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 3 Ernst Haeckel died a hundred and fifty almost a hundred years ago [fixed - thanks, Alex!], but the creationists won't let him rest in peace. In this section, Wells again exhumes these old bones and takes a few kicks at them, and imagines that by doing so he's ...

Waq al-Waq

AQAP Video Tease

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Following a long day of meetings and talks, I found the new AQAP video on the forums as I was awaiting my train at Union Station (despite the decidedly unfriendly look for the gentleman next to me). But I was unable to extract the .rar files to my laptop, so I couldn't watch it on the train home ...

Novel Copy

So Who Gets the Keys to Neverland?

Images
almost 5 years ago

Considering how much attention the media pays to celebrities when they're alive, it seems inevitable that the death of Michael Jackson will set a new precedent in wrangling over a legendary entertainer's spoils. In an age when pop stars come and go like mattress sales, Jackson was the immutable ...

Eruptions

Eruptions Mailbag for June 2009

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almost 5 years ago

Chaiten in Chile erupting in January 2009. Even after over a year of activity, Eruptions readers are still captivated by the volcano. Thanks for sending me your questions about volcanoes and volcanism. I'll try to tackle some hear - but as always, keep the questions coming! Send them to For ...

Strange Maps

395 - Strange Mats: Afghan War Rugs

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almost 5 years ago

A rug, to quote The Big Lebowski, can really tie a room together. The Dude (or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) opted for a pretty run-of-the-mill carpet – a classic Persian or Oriental design, if I recall correctly. Here is an example of an exciting subgenre that is ...

Daylight Atheism

Moving Beyond Awe

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

The nineteenth-century German theologian Rudolf Otto, in his book The Idea of the Holy, popularized the term "numinous", an adjective describing the sense of mystery and wonder that purportedly stems from the presence of a deity. According to Otto, the sense of the numinous had two main ...

Waq al-Waq

Tomorrow's Papers Today

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almost 5 years ago

After a long day of reading about the Yemeni civil war - the one in 1994 not in 1962 - I treated myself to a quick scan of the pan-Arab daily papers, which I usually save for a morning treat with my coffee. But I couldn't resist today. There isn't much, particularly since al-Hayat continues to ...