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Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: In the Beginning

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 5 The second premise of the kalam cosmological argument is that the universe began to exist. In discussing this premise, William Lane Craig asks the question of whether the universe necessarily had a beginning or whether it could have existed for an infinite ...

Eruptions

MVP #5: Ardoukôba, Djibouti

Missing
almost 5 years ago

OK, I admit it, this was a tough one. The MVP photo wasn't entirely distinctive, but the basaltic rift volcano of Ardoukôba in this small African nation was the answer. Nice job, Anne, for narrowing down the possible locations and nailing it. MVP Standings (as of 9/25/2009) volcanista - 1 ...

Politeia

The “Green FDR” Makes His Case

400px-drought
almost 5 years ago

As part of the lead up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, President Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday that the if world does not move quickly to reverse the effects of global climate change, “we risk consigning future generations to irreversible catastrophe.” Nor is ...

Mind Matters

Department of It Ain't Necessarily So

759px-paul_cezanne_leda_au_cygne
almost 5 years ago

A number of evolutionary psychologists have claimed men and women have innate, inescapable differences in their approach to sex. It's supposed to be a logical consequence of the two genders' different reproductive strategies. The theory is, as the old rhyme goes, Higgamous, Hoggamous, woman's ...

Novel Copy

Micropayments a Microsolution?

Clay_shirky
almost 5 years ago

One idea proposed to help keep news organizations afloat amidst the stormy seas of free online content has been micropayments. Imagine an iTunes for the news world: you pay between a fraction of a cent and two cents per article you read online. Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab and the U.K.’s ...

Undiplomatic

Why Dictators Babble

Gaddafi
almost 5 years ago

Moammar Gadhafi droned on for 90 minutes yesterday in rambling prose barely befitting of a head of state. Later up to the lectern was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also gave longwinded remarks that wandered from topic to topic, desperately searching for a point. Mikhail Gorbachev was infamous for his ...