Pigs

"...some [...] are more equal than others." Of course, it's all just an overreaction.

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The God Debate

Sam Harris vs. Rick Warren. Follow up: I hadn't read it all when I posted, but my assessment after finishing is that it's pretty good and easy to follow. I'm biased, of course, but it's abundantly clear to me that Warren can't adequately respond to any of Harris' objections. It's all the same gobbledygook I used to hear back in Sunday school. That the arguments haven't improved any, at all, suggests two possibilities: first, it's just the best they've got (they really think Pascal's Wager is clever); second, it's sufficient to convince enough people, and in the end, it's just a numbers game. If you could come up with arguments that would get people to believe in Zeus, then you would have "serious" theology surrounding Zeus (kind of the anthropomorphic principle applied to religious belief).

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planet earth

I've never been a big fan of the saying "words can't describe it," but this new program on Discovery HD Theater is just about as close as I've ever seen. Actually, while words might describe, this presentation is so visual that that's how it ought to be experienced. So check it out, and be sure and watch both the clip and the trailer for the series. But just take my word for it that you'll want to see every episode. I've seen three so far, and there hasn't been a dull second. I think it's the greatest natural footage that's ever been created. That's in part due to the amazing HD camera technology they're using. They can be more than a mile away from the action and render an HD image that puts you right in the scene. This also makes for predator/prey sequences unlike anything I've ever seen. They alternate between very wide angle views, so you can see how a pack of wolves or wild dogs approach a kill tactically (f'ing amazing), and then see the very close in action. It's really a wonder. Bonus: So far, almost no enviro-nut hand wringing and lamenting.

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