Secularism: Will It Survive?

I nice crisp collection of perspectives from 2005 on the above question. I only know Wilfred McClay and Susan Haack’s work and both of their entries very much reflect their broader concerns.

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Billington on Booker

Producer extraordinaire Scott Billington talks about the making of Classified. For a detailed insight into Booker, see Scott in fascinating Bayou Maharajah: James Booker Story.

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The Regressive left and the Science March

Jerry Coyne weighs in on his blog as does Debra Soh on Twitter, making the point that on offer is not only bad science but bad politics too. The silly sign featured seems to be a emblematic of the OPS(III) mentality:

OPS(III) individual manquémost prevalent variant within general population; morality of anti-individualism, exhibiting collective cognitive torpidity not dissimilar to that of eusocial insects, appropriately and most poetically, a standard bearer going by the surname of “cockroach” (I kid you not!).

I just object to their excoriation of science itself for being a tool of bigotry, oppression, and murder.

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Hubert Dreyfus

Obit here.

See Red — Deltaphonic’s Blinding New Album

For the past month or so I’ve been listening to a preview of Delaphonic’s new album. The version I was listening to had, understandably, a somewhat “thinner” mix but now the finalized version is available and man, what a fabulously richer sound. The support vocals are so much more to the forefront and atmospheric: they work so beautifully offsetting my only minor qualm of not having any brass. I can now unequivocally say that this album is as blisteringly good as one hoped would be the case. My current favourite tracks are “Big Game” (classic Deltaphonic), the Bandesque “Too Late To Hang Me”, “Radio” (another classic), “Lord Knows” (classic), the Plant/Krauss-ish “By Your Side” and the Zappa-rish “Strip Club 4×4” and their now (at least to me) trademark unlisted end of album silliness. (OK, there’s not one damn dud). You can purchase See Red here and here. Do it!

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Shackle on Choice, Imagination and Creativity: Hayekian Foundations

The very excellent Paul Lewis has a new and freely available article here.

Thomas, Oliver, 1919-2010; Professor George Lennox Sharman Shackle (1903-1992), Brunner Chair of Ecomonic Science, University of Liverpool (1951-1969)