Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thank goodness for Dennett

Prof. Daniel Dennett is a noted atheist and author.  Someone forwarded me this link, which is Dennett's reflection after having major surgery.  He spends some time talking about the people who helped him get through an often fatal emergency.  He does a lot of thanking, but he only thanks people who really exist.   

All snark aside, it's a moving tribute to everybody who makes health care possible.

And, because he's Daniel Dennett, the rest of the article is a excellent reflection on the place of science, and the issue of 'faith' in medicine.

Enough from me, go read it:

Oh, and be sure to vote!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

And Elvis didn't do no drugs...

I love Penn and Teller

Here's their take on the Bible.  Because you're on this blog, you will either enjoy it or be horribly offended

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

One note on the gentleman who thinks the 10 commandments are clearly the forebearers of our lawfulness.  Hitchens loves to point out, that this interpretation demands that one believes that all humans living before that point in history were murdering and coveting and stealing from one another.  And that they thought it was okay.  Don't we have more self respect than that.