Sunday, September 24, 2006

Upgrade part II

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Also, I am thinking of actually starting to spend money or something to create a better blog and get it going. I am thinking about upgrading my comments to be done by Haloscan.com, which has partnered with CoComment.com. Together, you can save comment threads and view them any time, and be notified when somebody replies to you. Mozilla/Seamonkey/Firefox users can install a CoComment extension and install GreaseMonkey scripts to enhance Haloscan and CoComment composition and general thread styles. Hey, it's doing well for Pat Hayes.

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This just in: I have upgraded to Blogger Beta... or is it Beta Blogger?

I've also majorly upgraded the sidebar. If you have javascript, I've added a blogroll.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

I'm in Technorati.

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I've just signed up for Technorati. I am using the posting method of varification. Use this link to find my profile! Technorati Profile

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More Science Blogging Cowardice

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I noticed just a while ago that even though PZ Meyers's philosophy of atheism is as explicit as it comes, he is not nearly as extremist as he - or should I say his fans - believe. Every other post in his comments, and every other article he writes at his blog, he says something simlar to, ...but their beliefs are none of my business.

It's a damn lie. Other people's beliefs are everybody's business. Everybody seems to agree that instinct aside, what motivates our actions (and their consequences) the most in our lives is our beliefs and ideas. That means beliefs have real life consequences - to real people. That makes them more than significant enough to garner our attention.

I actually made it my business to point this out to PZ personally in the comment thread of one of his most recent articles. I quote from an article I am making part of the Inspirations For My Blog in the sidebar. It's called Faith is a Moral Failing. Here is the _link_, from Butterflies and Wheels.

Faith is not a mere failure of reason: Faith is the willful abdication of reason. Faith isn't a mistake along the same lines as a logical error such as affirming the consequent. It is not simply an oversight of evidence that ought to be under consideration. Faith is the declaration that reason may be all well and good in other areas, but reason ends here where the believer says it does! No argument can conceivably be given for not adhering to the standards of reason on any given subject, because argument itself must adhere to rational standards. Otherwise, it isn't argument - it's shouting, empty noise, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing.

*SNIP*

...Faith declares that some beliefs - these important ones right at the center of my world-view that shape how I see many other things - need not be justified at all.

If one's beliefs cannot be justified, and if one's actions are shaped and motivated by one's beliefs, then one's actions cannot be justified. Oh, the actions of the faithful might accidentally be consistent with justifiable actions - but that would be pure luck, really, and could just as well have turned out otherwise.

Other peoples beliefs are not your business, PZ? You make it your business every day in your blog. It's practically your running theme. You're a more prolific Science Ethicist than I am. Look at my blog's weak turnout. I'm a lazy guy but damnit, how cowardly and dishonest of you to go out of your way to be overtly polite to religious people in your blog with what are clearly lies about your p.o.v. towards their beliefs!

Sad, that I have to point out pathological lying by one of my favorite bloggers. It's not the first time. I like Ed Brayton's posts just a little bit more than PZ's in spite of my major beef (which I went about incoherently - at first) with him for treating a religious group way too friendly for a cowardly (and in the long term, psychologically deadly) act. I even remember them better.

Well, that's my article for the night. I need sleep, and I work at 11am. I'll do more on this tomorrow afternoon/

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