Channel 4 in censuring farce!
Did you know that you are highly likely to receive death threats if you posted this image?
It happened to Maajid Nawaz, see http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100256024/in-defence-of-maajid-nawaz-blasphemy-and-funny-cartoons-of-mohammed/
More Jesus and Mo cartoons available at http://www.jesusandmo.net/
The correct moral thing to do was obvious. So why did the LSE take so long to admit that they may have been wrong? Summary by Jerry Coyne available here:
- Secularism wins again: LSE apologizes (sort of) to students forced to cover up their Jesus and Mo shirts
Not good enough.
Here’s one of my previous blogs on the LSE:
- There’s something not right at the London School of Economics Student Union
Anyway, I subscribed to “Jesus and Mo” quite a while ago as its light-hearted humour are very insightful. Go meet them! Here’s one that’s quite apt:
First I read this…
- David Dobbs mucks up evolution, part I
- David Dobbs mucks up evolution, part II
…and then, finally, this…
- Adversarial Journalism and The Selfish Gene
Oh dear. It seems that David Dobbs has done his reputation no good.
A speech from Sanal Edamaruku at TAM 2013 on some of his initiatives against fakers in India.
A good speech.
Following on from the Dawkins conversation with Boghossian, here’s the audience Q&A.
Excellent conversation between Dawkins and Boghossian. Covers subjects such as delusions, drugs, the cowardly LSE, Doctor Who and Christopher Hitchens. Good stuff.
Jerry Coyne has a justified pop at Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and the uncritical support from the BBC on woo:
- The BBC and Chopra buy into woomeister Rupert Sheldrake’s “Galileo syndrome”
A quote from Carl Sagan comes to mind:
The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
David Colquhoun’s damning indictment of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and certain other organisations:
- Yet another incompetent regulator. The General Pharmaceutical Council is criminally negligent
The main conclusion from all of this is that the General Pharmaceutical Council is almost criminally negligent. It continues to allow pharmacists, Anthony Pinkus among them, to endanger lives. It fails to apply its own declared principles. The members of its Council are not doing their job.
Individual pharmacists vary a lot, from the superb to those who believe in quackery. Some, perhaps many, are embarrassed by the fact that their employer compels them to sell rubbish. It’s too much to expect that they’ll endanger their mortgage payments by speaking out about it, but the best ones will take you aside and explain that they can’t recommend it.
The GPhC itself is regulated by the Professional Standards Authority, the subject of my last post. We can’t expect anything sensible from them.
In the USA there is a shocking number of pharmacists who seem to believe in quackery. In the UK. nobody knows, though judging by their failure to vote against the daftest of all scams. homeopathy, there is no cause for complacency here.
It seems that there will have to be big improvements in pharmacy education before you can have much confidence in the quality of the advice that you get in a pharmacy.
It seems to me that society, in general, is not informed and that various businesses push their agenda to generate more revenue and increase profit. This has created a weak and flawed regulator.
I’ve come across quite a few presentation by Richard Carrier over the last couple or so years so I was quite interested in this interview by Scott Burdick. Again, another sharp-as-a-laser performance by Carrier. Worth it if you’re interested in reason, and also if you’re interested in some of Carrier’s thoughts on very early Christian documentation. In Burdick’s own words:
Here’s a one and-a-half hour interview I conducted with noted historian Richard Carrier that explores the latest scholarship regarding the evidence of who, when, and where the Gospels were written as well as the historicity of Jesus. We also discussed Dr. Carrier’s views on God in general, as well as his recent clash with historian Dr. Bart Ehrman.