Sunday, September 4, 2011
Many engineers struggle with skepticism. More-so it appears, than most other science and technology professions. I have a theory as to why. But not all engineers suffer this deficit. To demonstrate, every now and then I will present you with two engineers. I will contrast one who has used his education and experience to further mankind through the advancement of technology, with one who hasn’t. It will be up to you to judge who the Asshat is. I warn you now that the answer will be blindingly obvious. If you have trouble making your decision I suggest you consult Conservapedia or your bible.
This time I have chosen Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet (27 December 1773 – 15 December 1857) and Harold Camping (still alive sadly).
Peter Serafinowicz introduces us to Tavuism. Who can beat a religion that teaches you how to talk to an octopus?
The man is a genius.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I don’t like the title “Comedians talk sense” but I haven’t thought of a better one that says roughly the same thing.
Tonight I am being seriously lazy because just about everyone in the skeptic community knows how awesome Tim Minchin is. He can talk (sing!) about anything he wants and it will be profound.
I love Tim.
You love Tim.
Tim is possibly the only comedian who justifies such a long video. It really captures him in a nutshell.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I stumbled across this video accidentally while browsing through Mitchell and Webb’s other excellent skits. I haven’t encountered a single clanger yet. The following clip has a go at sketicism and Richard Dawkins. In a good way :-)
I do like the idea that Richard Dawkins could turn out to be so successful in his mission that he would be left arguing against free lunches and whatnot.
I have blogged about engineers and their lack of skepticism not so long ago and may have given the impression that engineers can’t help but rattle on and on about crap they don’t fully understand. So I am starting a new blog series called “Awesome Engineer. Asshat Engineer”. From now on I will present you with two engineers, one that has stuck to what they are good at and excelled, plus one that has drifted into babbling mindless bullshit. I wont be telling you which is which because it will be bloody obvious.
Today we have Nikola Tesla and Henry M. Morris.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I was quite interested to hear what David Cross had to say about the religious bits of his stand-up routines. Particularly the bit where he admits that his audiences find his religious material to be a bit repetitive sometimes. But this doesn’t stop him from including at least 15 minutes of it in every show.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I’ve been inspired to start a new series of posts featuring comedians and their sage words. I am often amazed at their ability to communicate science and rationalism to audiences in ways that scientists have never dreamed of.
I was watching Billy Connolly as a teenager, long before I became an atheist. While I don’t give him full credit he was and still is a strong influence. Not to mention the fact that I strongly related to his somewhat difficult early years.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and the University of New South Wales wrote a great article in The Conversation earlier this week. Amongst other interesting things, the article, which sports a great photo of Rev. Fred Nile, debunked the myth that a “gay gene” could not be real because it would have been selected out of existence long ago.
To be honest, I have sometimes wondered about the evolution of homosexuality myself. How could an organism who prefers to reproduce in a way that renders them infertile, continue to exist in the gene pool?
Thursday, August 11, 2011
There is an incredibly important court battle going on in Australia right now.
PZ Myers put it best:
It takes real effort to purge yourself of parasites, and Australia’s got ‘em: rabbits, cane toads, and now…chaplains. In a nation that prides itself on its secular government, Australia has this bizarre and inappropriate relic, the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), which somehow manages to suck large sums of money out of the government to pay to infest the schools with useless little leeches whose sole purpose seems to be the indoctrination of nonsense into the brains of children.
Ron Williams is challenging the legitimacy of the NSCP in the High Court of Australia. Rather than quoting others copiously here in this blog, I strongly recommend you RSS Chrys Stevenson’s blog Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I recently posted a piece about some research on young men (under 21) who suffer mental illness after the loss of pregnancy. At the time an extensive internet search indicated that it was early days yet and the christian anti-abortion movement had not yet capitalised on the “gaps” in this research I identified in an earlier post.
I know I am jumping the gun, mainly because I want to be able to say “I called it”.
Depite not yet having written a critique of the research, the Australian Christian Lobby caught my attention when it listed the story in the “pick of the news” section of their website.
Next we wait for someone to distort this research beyond recognition and label it “pro-life”
I’m watching you lot…