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Browsing Archive: August, 2012

The move to Skeptics Blogs is going great!

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : blogging 
The recent move from here (and Debunking Christianity) over to help found the new Skeptics Blogs is going great. The blogging community is growing there as we take on new bloggers, and the quality is right up there, whilst the footfall has certainly increased. All thing considered, I am a happy man.
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The All New Skeptic Blogs - why I am migrating my blog and my work at DC to help found a new community

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : blogging 
THe internet is an amazing place, full of innovation and vibrancy. There has been a movement towards community blogging as of late, with bloggers coming together to operate on a platform of blogs. Such an example would be Freethought Blogs (FTB) which, despite its recent internal and external controversies, has been a resounding popular success. Such success is evident in its hits / readership. 

With Skeptic Blogs, we would like to emulate the success but take it one step further in welcoming ...
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The Olympics, Boxing, God, The US and the Russians

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : General Life 
Recently, at DC, I posted this:
I'm loving the Olympics, I really am. I have even been to see some women's volleyball and it was great. It has all been so well organised (and in so being, it's great to put one up Mitt Romney for his silly comments). However, the good ole sporting problem raises its theological head. Who does God support? I was watching a boxing match which tied. This means that the judges' individual scores were tied so it goes down to who the judges selected in their intui...

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Exciting News

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : General Life 
Within the next couple of days, there will be some exciting news to announce with regards to blogging. As you know, I am a regular contributor to  Debunking Christianity, John Loftus' website and blog. There is movement afoot and a new project is under construction. All I can say is watch this space because there will be an exciting announcement to make in the next couple of days.
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I want to buy this - should I?

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Friday, August 10, 2012, In : Humour 
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Frank Tipler refuted on his Star of Bethlehem thesis by Aaron Adair

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Friday, August 10, 2012, In : Religion 
To coincide with the recent release of my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination, I wrote a couple of posts concerning issues with the nativity accounts in Luke and Matthew on the Debunking Christianity blog. One Christian commentator, Vincent, made replies to many of my points, all of which I rebutted. There was one point on which he pushed and that was a thesis by Christian physicist Frank Tipler that sets out to defend the Star of Bethlehem from a naturalistic standpoint. Tipler hypoth...

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Attention and completion as accurate predictors in 4 year-olds

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : Science 
Rather similar to the Gao et al and Walter Mischel research I refer to  in my Free Will? book, here is some new evidence showing that completion and attention at age four are accurate predictors of achievement some twenty years later:


Preschool Children Who Can Pay Attention More Likely to Finish College: Early Reading and Math Not Predictive of College Completion

 

 

ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2012) — Young children who are able to pay attention and persist with a task have a 50 percent great...


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Is God at the Olympics?

Posted by Jonathan Pearce on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : Religion 
I'm loving the Olympics, I really am. I have even been to see some women's volleyball and it was great. It has all been so well organised (and in so being, it's great to put one up Mitt Romney for his silly comments). However, the good ole sporting problem raises its theological head. Who does God support?

I was watching a boxing match which tied. This means that the judges' individual scores were tied so it goes down to who the judges selected in their intuitive press of a button. This the...

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