Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Picture: Fun with anti-theism

Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is one of the finest (and funniest) novels of the 20th century, and it's a book you must simply read if you haven't. Yossarian, the main character, also expresses some epic anti-theism... and I thought I'd create one of those quote-y picture-y things with his sentiments. So, I present:


Full quote is here.

On a slightly more serious note, the problem of evil of course remains a powerful argument against the existence of a personal, loving, God. Despite centuries of theodicy idiocy, no one has yet successful answered Epicurus' simple query.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Video(s): They Might Be Giants awesomeness

They Might Be Giants, in case you don't know, is a truly awesome alternative rock band. (My wife and I were given a CD by them for a wedding gift - I've been a fan ever since). The following two videos - the second correcting the first - illustrates why you, too, should think them awesome...

 

And...



Direct links are here and here.

Updated: the original version of "Why Does the Sun Shine" is also pretty cool.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It's been a while...

So I haven't blogged in a while - not in nearly 8 months, in fact. The reasons for this are multifarious, but the two most prominent reasons are Consilience (podcasting in very time consuming) and a demanding job. But, I really do miss blogging.

So I will blog again... occasionally at least.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Video: Big History

David Christian, a professor of history at San Diego State University, recently delivered an excellent talk at TED about "big history". The video is embedded below and the direct link is here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Interviewing Carl Zimmer....

Carl Zimmer is one of my favorite science journalists, so I was very pleased when he agreed to be interviewed for Consilience. While we already have about a million questions to ask him, we thought it would be a good idea to crowd-source some questions as well. If you have anything you'd like us to ask Carl, please fill out this form.

Oh, there's a "bonus" question in the above form: who else would you like us to interview? We have a star-studded wish-list, but we'll have to see who ends up agreeing to be interviewed. (We've only had one "no" so far: from Terry Pratchett's agent - Terry is sick, so he agrees to very few interviews. Alas).

Consilience: Episode 4

The fourth episode of our podcast, Consilience, is out! Highlights this week (mp3 / 23.2mb) include how some Zimbabwean churches are killing their parishioners, pharmacy chain Dischem promoting quack Patrick Holford's visit to South Africa, and distinguishing between different types of Red Giant star. We also pilot our new segment "101" (about evolution this episode).

The file's page on Archive.org is here, and it's also embedded below:



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