Tag: superstition

  • The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software

    The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software

    Chapter 5: The Mind-Body Problem After spending several pages, as is his wont, trashing Locke, Descartes, and other people he doesn’t agree with, Feser tells us why materialist explanations of the mind are doomed: the human mind is all about final causes: we plan, we imagine, we make mental images and so on. All of […]

  • Ken Ham Mad at Miley Cyrus for Not Being As Stuck Up as He Is

    Ken Ham, best known these days for losing a debate to Bill Nye the Science Guy, has always held some… colorful opinions. The best that I can say for him, really, is that at least his organization distanced itself from Kent Hovind (see Arguments to Avoid at Answers in Genesis, and Maintaining Creationist Integrity at […]

  • It’s Still Shamanism

    Vatican Radio reports, Reliquary of St. Barbara visits Athens. The silver casket of Saint Barbara, martyred in the 3rd century, has been brought to Athens, where (emphasis added): People of all ages and social backgrounds waited for hours in the sun for a chance to touch the reliquary, hoping for an answered prayer.  The casket […]

  • Casual Superstition

    This news item caught my eye because it’s a “news of the weird” type of story: NEW YORK — A New York City man who plunged 40 stories from the rooftop of an apartment building has survived after crashing onto a parked car. But then there was this bit: The car’s owner, Guy McCormack, of […]

  • Superstition Kills

    The AP has an appalling article about children in Nigeria being killed for being witches. Welcome to the thirteenth century, folks. I recommend that you think whether you want to follow that link, because if you have an ounce of compassion, you’ll be boiling mad at the monsters responsible. And hey, guess what: it’s not […]

  • More Catholic Idiocy

    While in Israel, pope Benny said: “Those deeply moving encounters brought back memories of my visit three years ago to the death camp at Auschwitz, where so many Jews – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, friends – were brutally exterminated under a godless regime.” Yeah, “godless”. Now, I’m no historian, and my knowledge of […]

  • A Smart Person With Daft Beliefs

    PZ has a post today about how intelligence and atheism don’t always go hand in hand. Intelligent people who are indoctrinated into a faith can build marvelously intricate palaces of rationalization atop the shoddy vapor of their beliefs about gods and the supernatural; A perfect case in point is this post in the “On Faith” […]

  • Are All Southerners Superstitious Fools?

    Last year, the governor of Georgia asked his citizens to perform a rain dance to alleviate the drought in that state. Now the mayor of Birmingham, AL, Larry Langford, has decided that the crime rate in his city is way too high, and that it’s time to try to look as though he’s doing something […]

  • Rain Magic

    Every so often, sophisticated theists will say that Dawkins, Hitchens, etc. misrepresent religion, that God is not an invisible sky-daddy who grants wishes, but some ineffable essence working within the laws of nature, or some such (see here, here, here). And then something like this comes along: That would be Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has […]