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Religions are not “Viruses of the Mind”

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Sue Blackmore was a champion of the idea that religions are “memeplexes” that act purely in their own self-interest, to the detriment of the population whose minds they infect. She wrote a couple of books on the topic, to explore the extend in which this theory could be true. I recently stumbled on an article […]

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Extreme Quote Mining

October 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Just a quick post with a quote mining example. I’ve explained quote-mining before: it is when someone is quoted out of context, whereby their words are used to make them say something they didn’t actually say. Often it is hard to know whether the person employing the misquote is wilfully dishonest or just woefully misinformed. […]

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Silence

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Every year of this blog’s existence, I wrote a 10 October post, marking the day’s significance for me. Today we added to its significance. This post marks the day, let’s leave it in silence – we can talk more tomorrow.

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The Adjustment Bureau: a fantastical love story

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Two weekends ago I went to see The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. To be honest, I found it rather too fantastical. Not the sci-fi aspect mind you, the love story! 😉 I am not a big fan of the stereotypical love story, as they usually seem very far removed from reality […]

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Subscription Options

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Since this blog does not publish on any sort of regular schedule (even “one post per week” proves hard), I recommend you subscribe if you are interested in its content. There are a couple of ways in which you can do that: Subscribe to the feed with your favourite news reader (such as Bloglines, Netvibes […]

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Blog Blues at Age Three?

January 24th, 2010 · No Comments

I nearly withdrew the previous post. Actually, I did, for a couple of minutes, then changed my mind while I was writing this one. Why? Because it was supposed to be part of a two-post series, and the second post is just not coming out right. (I’ve already written a thousand words, which seems like […]

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The Pursuit of Meaning

November 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Borrowing from the back of my copy of Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning: At the heart of his theory is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. It seems absurd to borrow words from a book on surviving Nazi death camps when I’m […]

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Interests and Genetics…
Something of my heritage

October 10th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Prior to relocating, I discovered some of my grandfather’s old books on our family bookshelf that really interested me. On my previous visit home, I kidnapped three, and decided they’re now mine. For a while, anyway — my sister might object to the way I just phrased that 😉 , especially due to the margin […]

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Wanted: Believe!

October 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I can’t remember when exactly I watched the movie Wanted, but I do remember the two blog posts it inspired me to write. So here’s the first… Why is “you have to believe!” so pervasive in our culture? The “you have to believe!” meme appears to be hiding around every corner. Including Wanted, wherein the […]

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AtA: Are Cats Evil?

August 5th, 2009 · 51 Comments

Have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse? If you have, you will understand the context of my first Ask the Audience question: Are Cats Evil? That question is actually too broad, take it more limited in scope: is the way they play with mice evil? …encouraging a mouse to try and run […]

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