November 9, 2015

National Academy of Atheists

Herb Silverman writes in the Huffington Post that according to a recent Harris Survey, majority of Jews in the U.S. are atheists. I am mildly surprised. What I am not at all surprised about is that 93% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences do not believe in a god. I suppose most academics of any discipline would know Carl Sagan. Watch this tribute to him from Hashem AL-ghaili —

Now, tell me, do you really believe in this god thing?

At Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary, Karen Keller is discriminating against the boys in her Kindergarten class. Only girls are permitted to play with the 1907-piece LEGO blocks, and boys will have to wait their turn until what she perceives to be a behaviorally induced gender gap in spatial skills:
I had to do the ‘girls only Lego club’ to boost it more,” she explained. “Boys get ongoing practice and girls are shut out of those activities, which just kills me. Until girls get it into their system that building is cool, building is ‘what I want to do’ — I want to protect that.
What will happen when these girls go home, and their brothers hog every building set in sight, with at least covert encouragement from their parents? Will the teacher be able to make for five years of discrimination in one year? In any case, here's my best wishes for success in your experiment, Ms. Keller.

Ben Carson's "scientific beliefs" never cease to amaze me. His latest:
My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,.. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don't think it'd just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.
QED! As a corollary, Carson dismisses help from aliens in building hermetically sealed chambers in the pyramids, "... you know, [building a pyramid] doesn't require an alien being when God is with you."

Discovery Institute and "Intelligent Design" theorists should take note: your funds may be in jeopardy, in case this guy becomes the President. Whether you are an alien or man-made, please, oh god, please, for just once, use all your alleged powers to forbid this guy from ever becoming the President!

It's scary enough when a practicing neurosurgeon asserts that Darwin had sold his "soul" to the devil. When college students demand that Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Ovid's Metamorphoses should carry trigger warnings, if given as reading assignment, it's downright a calamity. Writes Frank Furedi in Aeon:
The campaign for trigger warnings represents its cause as an attempt to protect the vulnerable and the powerless from any potentially traumatic and harmful effects of reading. Those who are opposed or indifferent to the call for these warnings are condemned as accomplices in the marginalising of the powerless.
How about a tough quiz in Calculus? Should it carry a trigger warning, too, as it could potentially marginalize the mathematically powerless?

Quotation of the day from Cafe Hayek
The day-to-day practice of politics consists largely of pushing the envelope to see how big a lie -- and how many of them -- one can get away with at the moment. In what other profession is blurting out the truth considered a gaffe? - Bob Higgs, on his Facebook page

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