Winner of the Week – 27 September 2015: Carly Fiorina

So far we’ve had two GOP primary debates, the first hosted by Fox News and the second by CNN. The outstanding performer in both was Carly Fiorina. Whatever you think of her positions on the issues, and I disagree with rather a lot of them, she has been clear, eloquent, displayed a deep knowledge of the issues, and has yet to make a single misstep. Her intelligence and ability to think on her feet... read more

Worry of the Week – 27 September 2015: Women in Iran

For my Worry of the Week, I’d like to draw your attention to a film that was brought to my attention by Dermot C., a commenter on the Why Evolution is True website. It’s called Women on the Front Line and was produced last year by Sheema Kalbasi, directed by Hossein Fazeli, and written by the two together. It’s about the women’s movement in Iran and how it’s evolved since the... read more

Worry of the Week – 20 September 2015: Russians in Syria

Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse in Syria, they have. Putin is going to speak at the United Nations in a few days, and political commentators such as the Guardian’s Natalie Nougayrède are predicting that his speech will be a call for all nations to unite behind Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad to defeat DAESH in particular and terrorism in the area in... read more

Winner of the Week – 20 September 2015: Malcolm Turnbull

Australia has a new prime minister – the fifth in five years, and his name is Malcolm Turnbull. His predecessor, Tony Abbott had “led” Australia’s Liberal Party to thirty consecutive losses in the polls since his election in 2013. Turnbull has previously put himself forward as leader, losing to Abbott by one vote. This time the party’s lack of popularity prompted a change,... read more

Is New Atheism a Cult?

Wikipedia says: New Atheism is a social and political movement that began in the early 2000s in favour of atheism and secularism promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that “religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises”. A commenter put this link on Jerry... read more

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