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This Must Have Taken Some Time

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Is Evolution Not Just True, But Good (Something To Be Embraced)?

Jared Burton has written a beautiful and soulful folk song capturing humanity’s uncomfortable and ambivalent relationship to evolution. I find the lyrics emotionally and intellectually challenging. But I can’t decide if I agree or not with the orientation to Nature … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Know Andrea Bocelli is Blind

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“Magic Woody Allen Jesus” on the Mall in D.C. on March 24th, 2012?

Tim Minchin is scheduled to sing at noon today (Saturday, March 24, 2012) on the Mall in D.C. during the atheist Reason Rally. For a taste of what the crowd can happily look forward to, here’s Minchin singing “Magic Woody … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney is the Real Slim Shady?

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The Secular-Christian Social Contract at Christmas

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Tim Minchin’s “Woody Allen Jesus” Christmas Song

The best new Christmas song of the year (by Tim Minchin): —- Unfortunately, though Tim Minchin’s segment was taped for the Jonathan Ross Show, it didn’t actually air. It was nixed as too controversial. But Minchin, given a copy of … Continue reading

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Beware, Seriously: The Buffalax Will Get All Over Your Trousers

Duck!

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Life Perspective

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John Ashcroft Watch: Will Michelle Bachmann Let the Mighty Eagle Soar Again?

Given Michelle Bachmann’s penchant for weird displays of public religiosity, do you suppose, were she to win the White House in 2012, that she might bring John Ashcroft back into the public eye, and into her cabinet? You remember George … Continue reading

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The Grand Rapids LipDub: Russian Ark, American Style

The following film, as a single tracking shot, put me in mind of Russian Ark. It was filmed on May 22nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roger Ebert calls it “The greatest music video ever made.” I wouldn’t go anywhere near that far. Has … Continue reading

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Groovy Gil Scott Heron Goes to Ghost

Gil Scott Heron died this week, and on hearing of this I remembered that he was on Saturday Night Live in its 1975-1976 inaugural season. (I love Saturday Night Live and like to watch the old ones.) Richard Pryor hosted that particular … Continue reading

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Michio Kaku on the God Particle (the Higgs Boson) and String Theory

A fascinating clip:

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What Would Oedipus Say?

Freud’s Totem and Taboo in a nutshell (and with nuts). Amusing, but perhaps a minute too long.

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Fiddler in the Hood

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Mental Health Break

I like the way this person demonstrates how two guitars interact to produce the Beatles’ song, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”: Oops! It doesn’t embed. Watch on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8AxpFWJLBs

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Move Over, Grapefruit

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Groovy Park Instrument Players Led by a Singing and Dancing Kybele

Some male devotees accompany their chain-wielding goddess: Below are some fit lines from Euripides’ Bakkhai  (from scene 1) describing Korybantes—ecstatic drumming and pipe-playing young men devoted to the Phrygian mother-goddess Kybele: Triple-crested Korybantes Devised for me The circle of stretched hide! In … Continue reading

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What’s the Right Rhythm for the Weekend, for Life?

If you think that life is worth living, are you? And what’s it worth living for, anyway? Maybe the hint is in this video. Or maybe not. What do you think?

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Jack Kerouac: “I enter my page”

A great Jack Kerouac quote on the hollowness of pursuing fame: I can just see the shabby literary man carrying a “bulging briefcase” rushing from one campus to another, one lecture club to another, nodding confirmation with his hosts that … Continue reading

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