Steven Pinker – “The Language Instinct”

I have been reading a great book by Steven Pinker called “The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language “. In this clip from The Floating University, he outlines some of the ideas behind the innate ability to structure languages that lies within each of us. It’s a great read, incredibly informative and very entertaining also. If you wish to buy “The Language Instinct” it is available for purchase from my...

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300 and still going strong – And I thank you!

This is just a short note to let you know that this is my 300th post on my blog. So far, not including this post, I have written 214,373 words  in the 299 posts to date, have had 2,271 comments posted, and have seen 278,459 hits to my blog in just under 2 years. This really is great news. I love writing this blog, and I hope you all love to read it too. I love my readers, and with the success of the recent book giveaway, and the impending 2nd...

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Thank God

There are many things that religious folks will say like when they can’t explain something, or when a fact gets in the way of their faith. Things like “It’s all part of God’s plan”, or “God willed this to happen,” or even “I’ll pray for your mother during her heart surgery.” To me these just seem like ways to fill the silence, but of course there’s more to these comments than...

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AND THE WINNER IS!

Well the Michael Shermer Giveaway is over and I thank you all for entering. Unfortunately we can’t all be winners, and in this case 95 of you missed out. There is only one prize and in this case, the winner has been decided. Through a highly technical and cutting edge process of writing down all the entries on scraps of paper and scrumpling them up, putting them in an hat and drawing out one name at random, the winner is… …...

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Tigers, Gut Feelings, and Idiot America

My friend @SwearyGeek pointed this article out to me earlier in the week, titled “Belief in God Boils Down to a Gut Feeling“, which I found quite interesting, and thought I’d share some ideas around the topic. The article talks about “thinking styles”, and the idea that those who trust their instincts more closely will be more likely to have a deeper belief in God. Those who tend to analyse things before they come...

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