Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-04-14 11:01
"So now I'm going to say some very unpleasant things about religious belief over the next hour, and I just want to warn you upfront that I know I'm going to offend some people in this room. Let me assure you that's not the point. I'm not being deliberately provocative. I am simply worried. So I'm going to worry out loud for the next hour or so."
Science author Sam Harris talks about the dangers of religion and religious moderation. Interesting, although (to use an entirely inappropriate metaphor) he's preaching to the converted here.
Posted by azz at 2006-04-14 00:41
Interesting: an ex-US Army General who is in favour of the War on Terror discusses why he thinks invading Iraq was a stupid idea.
"My sincere view is that the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions--or bury the results."
(Via Gale, where the commentary is that yes, this is all very nice, but it's a pity he didn't say it a couple of years ago given how well-respected he is...)