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Posted 25-Sep-2011 at 09:41 PM (21:41) by Gurdur
Updated 26-Sep-2011 at 02:37 AM (02:37) by Gurdur

So this should be a bumper crop, owing to too much time elapsing between my last blogs round-up and this one. I'll do what I can here today, but owing to time constraints, I will have to do a Part 2 a little later. Part 2 will be signficantly longer; I have a lot of posts marked for notice.

History of science, science journalism, science, medicine, neuroscience: The Giant's Shoulders blog carnival for September is up. If you try a direct link to the post in question, you get a 404 error. So go to the Mammoth Tales blog, look for the first post. No contact for the site is apparent; try @rmathematicus instead as go-between. Also see this piece from Boing Boing, about science museums failing the public. And then see this piece on publicising science; there's also the "Maker Faire: A Science Fair For The DIY Movement".

Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) does an interesting piece on "Blind Smell" (like blind-sight). The blog The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice does a post on vivisection on the living, in early modern England.

Ecology, enviroment, ethics: Shoot-on-sight policy about poachers in the Kaziranga National Park of India. Exactly how else will you save the last of the Indian tigers? Not to mention that poachers very often shoot to kill game wardens.

Botany, material science: Ed Yong has a great post up on a new omni-repellant material inspired by a plant. Hey, I like botany.

Psychology, ethnology, medicine: the nocebo effect, which is the Dark Force counterpart of the placebo effect.

Science, medicine, food, poisons, toxicology, law: @DeborahBlum does a great blog post on, "Dr. Oz and the Arsenic Thing".

Science, psychology, psychiatry: The blog Neuron Culture looks at the Fox Effect. I think they over-estimate the significance of the effect; I'll blog on that later.

Science, librarianship, curatorship: the Danish blog Biomedicine on Display blogs (in English!) about the moral discipline of curatorship.

Politics, Denmark, anarchism: Still with the Danes. It's the 40th birthday of the Christiania community in Copenhagen, Denmark. I've been there in Christiania.

Science, politics, ethnicity, community, society, ethics: @DNLee gets into an argument with @BWDeserveBetter and @Christelyn about marriage and the black communities in the USA. Very complex area.

Religion, Islam, social media: There was a conference a while back on Muslim cultures and the new social media; now there's the follow-up analysis and promotion. It's all very interesting; see here. It's being curated by @SudaneseThinker (Amir Ahmad Nasr).

Atheism, religion, community: Justicar (@Integralmathyt) blogged a while back on mapping out possible New-squared Atheist responses to the #ElevatorGate mess, here and here. In my opinion, unless American atheists start organizing their own conferences very soon, then as I've said before the 'official' voices of American atheism will seem to be supporting the PZ Myers/Watson line. If you want to say to hell with the atheist movement, fine, but it seems a shame. Meanwhile, Rebecca Watson thinks the Church executed Galileo. Whooops. Also meanwhile, there is a new blog site up specifically on #ElevatorGate; it pushes a line that Dawkins and Watson need to smooth over differences for the sake of the skeptic movement. I disagree with that for several reasons, but more importantly, I think too many in the Myers/Watson camp have far too much invested in the artificiallly caused conflict for any genuine reconciliation to be possible.

Religion, science, paganism: Via @rmathematicus and @Gelada comes report of a blog post from John Michael Greer, the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. It's actually quite an interesting blog post. But it also means @Gerrarrdus has competition! Yes, I know. One's serious, more or less, the other isn't. More or less.

Religion, Christianity, atheism, society, Britain: Rowan says atheism is cool. Unfortunately so, in his opinion. Unfortunately, I think his analysis as reported is shallow, and buggered to the max; but I'll blog separately on that later.

Religion, Christianity, atheism, society, Britain: The Opinionated Vicar (@davidmkeen) blog cites: Rowan says, "... so many of the clerics that I've met, particularly the Church of England clerics, are people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness ...". Plenty for discussion there. Different Rowan this time, by the way.

Religion, science, law: it's a bad sign when a vicar out-skeptics a coroner. The old chestnut about alleged spontaneous human combustion; also see Lifelinking's blog post about this case.

Religion, Britain, Anabaptism, Methodism, USA: I finally found something called the Anabaptist Network. Unfortunately, while it's a great start for them, it doesn't seem to me to actually network all that much. Where are the blogrolls? The Twitter name lists?

Then wonder of wonders I found a Methodist blogs weekly round-up, from @arbevere. I shall keep my eye on the site and its weekly round-ups. Stemming from Akron, Ohio, it only covers the Americans, and very unfortunately, the present week's round-up in question is, well, boring.

Religion, Christianity, theology, politics: David C.L. Driedger blogs on the theology of money. Then Kurt Willems (@kurtwillems) struggles violently with non-violence. Former bishop Michael Nazir-Ali allows himself to be photographed together with EDL members. Oh whoops. But Anglican Welsh bishops manage to get themselves into the news, wonder of wonders, in a good way. And Methodists get themselves into the news, in a historical way.

Religion, Christianity, Church of England, Britain: @RevdLesley says goodbye to her parish the Bernwode Benefice.

Religion, Christianity, USA, theology, Britain, art, culture, society, style: @CharliePeer does a very good post looking at some of the bizarre positions of certain American fundamentalists and of Michele Bachmann.

And to finish off this blogs round-up (it's too long already, and time is pressing badly) with a really important note:

First off, Kurt Willems blogs on why are Christians so unoriginal? I could answer that easily; it's because too many Christians denounce popular culture as sinful and rubbish, then immediately set about imitating it, only, in a really shoddy way. They then slap a "Christian" label on the resultant bodge-job, and make big quids out of Christians who normally wouldn't buy rubbish but who will go hogwild over anything with a 'Christian' label on it.

Second, then @GraciePeng does a very good blog post on being a Christian doing art and style. With surrounding culture rather than faking against it. It's a big, complex and important issue.

I'll have to leave it at that for the moment, the rest come in Part 2.



        


              

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    It's not that I'm saying to hell with the 'atheism movement', it's just that it's self-limiting in my mind. I think something of substance needs to be around, and to be frank, atheism isn't the bees knees. Secularism is.
    Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 12:01 AM (00:01) by Justicar Justicar is offline
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    It's not that I'm saying to hell with the 'atheism movement', it's just that it's self-limiting in my mind. I think something of substance needs to be around, and to be frank, atheism isn't the bees knees. Secularism is.
    Can't see any real difference in the USA between the secularism and the atheism movements, myself. Can you?

    If there is no difference, then my remarks still very much apply. I do see a difference to the church/state separation movement; but then, that one includes quite a few Christians as well.

    Secularism is a different issue from church/state separation (CSS); oddly enough, the two issues really don't seem to affect each other much. Out of the USA, Britain, Denmark, Germany, which states are the most secular, which ones have formal CSS and which ones not?
    Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 12:43 AM (00:43) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Thank you! You have gone back a bit, I wrote that ages ago. I haven't changed my mind though.
    Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 09:32 AM (09:32) by Charlie Peer Charlie Peer is offline
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    Can't see any real difference in the USA between the secularism and the atheism movements, myself. Can you?

    If there is no difference, then my remarks still very much apply. I do see a difference to the church/state separation movement; but then, that one includes quite a few Christians as well.

    Secularism is a different issue from church/state separation (CSS); oddly enough, the two issues really don't seem to affect each other much. Out of the USA, Britain, Denmark, Germany, which states are the most secular, which ones have formal CSS and which ones not?
    That has a lot do with people confusing concepts. I've certainly never claimed my citizenry is all that bright.

    There's the perception here that secular and atheist are infinitely overlapping concepts.

    It's one of the reasons I've taken little interest in the whole shebang. It's a farcical molestation of language, logic and rather should-be standard analytic skills.
    Posted 01-Oct-2011 at 07:35 PM (19:35) by Justicar Justicar is offline
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    Thanks for the nocebo ref/link. Very interesting.
    Posted 01-Oct-2011 at 08:47 PM (20:47) by ouinon ouinon is offline
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