Saturday, July 31, 2010

HOT5 Daily 7/31/2010

1. "Science Turns Authoritarian"" An interesting argument about why science has lost credibility with some people.

Representative Sample: science is not losing its credibility because people no longer like or believe in the idea of scientific discovery, but because science has taken on an authoritarian tone, and has let itself be co-opted by pressure groups who want the government to force people to change their behavior.

2. "Polling Conservative Bloggers On Race, Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, & False Accusations of Racism" Views from the right.

Representative Sample: Right Wing News emailed more than 260 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer 11 questions about race.

3. "Reading terrorists minds about imminent attack" A new form of lie detection.

Representative Sample: Imagine technology that allows you to get inside the mind of a terrorist to know how, when and where the next attack will occur.

4. "The Counselor, The Mosque, and the Burqa" Some good points

Representative Sample: I read with interest the news story about the young Christian woman who was blocked from a graduate school program in counseling because her religious scruples would prevent her from counseling gays.

5. "How Much Socialists Steal" A graphic breakdown of who pays taxes.

Representative Sample: It's a graphic

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1 comment:

  1. SteveBrooklineMAJuly 31, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I think the story about the counselor is a little less cut and dried than "Winds of Change" thinks. According to the woman herself: "Now, I had never refused to counsel homosexuals," Julea says. "I had simply refused to affirm their behavior. It was a values conflict."

    So the school kicked her out for the particular counseling she would likely give (abstinence), and that opens a set of problems. What if a counselor tells young heterosexual people to abstain from sex before marriage? Can he be kicked out of school for that too?