Just up at The Mindful Hack
Things we know but cannot prove: Another nail in the coffin of materialism.
Excerpt: "We are at an undisputed edge of naturalism in computing and math. There is no TOE. Does science have a TOE? If so, will we ever know we are at the edge?"
The fours be with you! (You will be "fours"ed to cooperate with this words/numbers game. (Hey, it's Friday night!)
Altruism: Why it can't really exist but why it does anyway
Evolutionary psychology: Eliot Spitzer is a kludgebrain!, psychologist opines (but so are we all)
Mind and medicine: The placebo effect - Did your doctor just prescribe you a quarter teaspoon of coloured sugar? Maybe ...
Materialism: When the store is on fire, hold a fire sale:
Excerpt: So this is the latest pseudo-explanation of the soul? I could do better myself! How about this: Minds that are accustomed to think in terms of a future have difficulty grasping the idea that there is no future after death.
Way simpler, to be sure, but materialists wouldn't buy it because I forgot to drag in the Paleolithic cave guys telling stories around the fireside - the staple of evolutionary psychology.
Fitna: A thoughtful Muslim's response. The predicted riots largely didn't happen, but where to go from here?
(And while we are here: Dial-a-mob/rent-a-riot behaviour is NOT copyright to Middle Eastern Muslims. I ran into the same thing among the American Ivy League elite in May 2005, when the New York Times bungled a story I broke on my other blog, The Post-Darwinist, claiming that a film about to be shown at the Smithsonian was "anti-evolution." It wasn't; it did not even address the subject. But zillions of Darwinbots, as I called them, behaved exactly as if it had. It's a good thing that no one gives them sharp objects to play with.)
Rupert Sheldrake's guide to New Atheism (which makes it sound like New Coke, really)
Can a transplanted heart lead to transplanted thoughts? Well, maybe, but the mechanism might be fairly conventional.
Why science without God destroys itself: Because the alternative idea of a multiverse is a step into magic, that's why.
Note: I will continue to post new links to the Hack all day.