Weekend Reads 6/11/16

‘Game of Thrones’ and the Bible

Readers of these books will encounter two very different types of inconsistencies or discrepancies in the text. Some of these are “simple mistakes,” but others are deliberate. Some are artless and meaningless, while others are artful and meaningful. And getting those two types of inconsistencies confused can mislead readers in either of two ways.

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Trumponomics

Joe Romm of Climate Progress has some concerns about Donald Trump's economic plans.

In particular, when Fox News’ Chris Wallace pressed Trump in March on how he’d cut the federal budget, Trump answered “Department of Environmental Protection [sic]. We are going to get rid of it in almost every form.”

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Partisanship Aside

This is how politics ought to work.

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Who Knows, revisited

Early last year, David Allan, then Managing Editor for Features for bbc.com, gave a TED talk about the parable of the Taoist farmer who refused to label his experiences "good" or "bad". Although he generally considers it a good philosophy, he wasn't convinced it could be applied to the "really bad things" in life.

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Weekend Reads 5/21/16

A 15-year-old boy from Canada has 'discovered' a forgotten Mayan city

He found that Mayan cities lined up exactly with stars in the civilization's major constellations.

Studying the star map further, he discovered that one city was missing from a constellation of three stars.

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God of the Gaps

In the last post, we looked at old-earth creationist Fazale Rana's attempt to use the existence of language to discredit evolution. Analyzing a PLOS ONE paper by Noam Chomsky, Ian Tattersall, and others, Rana concluded:

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Science vs. Creationism: the Origin of Language

Dr. Fazale Rana of the old-earth creationist Reasons to Believe Ministries, thinks he has found a serious problem for evolutionary theory. Reacting to a PLOS ONE paper written by linguist Noam Chomsky, paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall, and others, Rana says:

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Weekend Reads 5/14/16

10 Comics That Shut Down Terrible Internet Arguments

Is there a persistent Internet argument that you're just sick of responding to? Don't have the energy to explain the problem with the argument for the billionth time? These comics can help, countering those troublesome arguments with a few words and pictures.

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