The Course of Reason

A bit about free will

December 9, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

Hi this is Seth. Recently there has been a bit of a flare up of the free will debate on skeptic/science blogs. Massimo Pigliucci penned a brief criticism of the brand of determinism often adhered to among fairly prominent skeptics, like Jerry Coyne, Alex Rosenburg, and Sam Harris. His post does a great job highlighting the important conceptual issues of the debate, that may frequently be swept under the rug, or worse, smuggled in without argument.

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Religious Exemptions for Vaccines are Wrong

December 6, 2011 Sean Gillespie

This morning I picked up the paper and saw a great pro-vax story on the front page. The article does a great job of covering the risks as well as the current situation with an alarming trend of rising exemptions. My only real gripe is that they do the standard opposing opinion crap where they give some uneducated idiot a platform to spread stupid.

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Music Monday: A Perfect Circle - “Judith”

December 5, 2011 Cody Hashman

I don't know about you all, but it's finals season for me. When studying or writting, and pleading to higher powers for it all to end quickly I like to listen to the most soothing music I can find. Recently I have been listening to the the Reddit Cogsci Playlist. Cool story right? 

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Arts and Sciences are Vital to Education

December 2, 2011 Astrid Lydia Johannsen

Yesterday I watched an interview between Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Colbert has said that Dr. Tyson was one of his favorite guests on The Colbert Report, and the interaction between the two is always delightful for the audience. So it was particularly cool to see Stephen just being himself for this interview, and always cool to see Neil being very animated and excited when talking about science. If you have a moment, you should definitely give it a watch if you haven’t already. It’s available for viewing at Dr. Tyson’s blog at the Hayden Planetarium website.

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Fight Against an Expanded Religious Exemption that Denies Birth Control Coverage

November 30, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

This post is part of the #HERVotes Blog Carnival

I have my own opinions about birth control and whether it should be made available at no cost to women who want to have control over their reproduction, but I think that there is something that we can do to solve this issue that is more decisive than weighing our biased and subjective opinions. We need to look to unbiased sources. It is imperative that we turn to science and critical thought in order to study and truly understand the implications of the decision we are going to make.

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