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.
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.
An interview with Marwa Berro (a blogger at Between a Veil and a Dark Place) is available at:
- Listen and judge: An interview with Marwa Berro
Do also check out her blog at Between a Veil and a Dark Place; it’s powerful stuff and beautifully written.
The LSE Student Union is wrong. This blog at the forum for the “Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain” explains why, and it also has an interview with the author of “Jesus and Mo” (and that’s pretty cool).
The LSE Student Union is basically equating criticism of Islam with racism, but then fails to mention any linkage of racism for criticism of Christianity…don’t forget that the context is on the Jesus and Mo cartoons. You can see the game that the LSE Student Union is playing.
The Hindu reports on the European Parliament resolution that recognises and condemns cast-based discrimination globally.
- Caste discrimination a global evil, says European Parliament
Resolution points out various forms of violence against Dalits, especially women
Caste discrimination continues to be widespread and persistent, affecting an estimated 260 million people worldwide, despite the governments of some affected countries taking steps to provide constitutional and legislative protection
It is telling that a significant proportion of The Hindu’s reader’s comments try to deflect criticism by stating that there are other forms of discrimination elsewhere. Oh, well that makes it all OK then.
Razib Khan (Gene Expression) and Christopher Chabris (The Invisible Gorilla) are not impressed with Gladwell’s latest work “David and Goliath“. Further info at:
- The Emperor Gladwell is naked
A few years ago I tried to read Gladwell’s book “blink” but I didn’t get past the first few pages; I’m obviously not the target audience. And that’s quite ironic considering the premise behind “blink“!
The interesting thing about the articles from Khan and Chabris is it’s clear that, although Gladwell does not have good evidence for a lot of things he promotes, it does provoke debate. Perhaps Gladwell just needs to be a bit more transparent to his readers that his conjectures are not supported with good evidence, but are worth exploring. But then what do I know? I couldn’t get past the first few pages of “blink“!
Wired has good article with views from various cryptographic experts on the weaknesses of certain NSA-endorsed encryption standards and the suspicions that the NSA have backdoors to these standards or have trivial attack methods to decrypt messages encrypted with these standards. These come hot on the heals from statements issued by The Times and their review of documents provided by Edward Snowden.
The Wired article does highlight that there currently isn’t a consensus in the tech world if the standards are a result of incompetence or of conspiracy. Further investigation is required. The article is here:
- How a Crypto ‘Backdoor’ Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA