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GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Opposition To Teleological Thinking  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Today's Godless Wednesday post is based around a quote from the physicist Lawrence M. Krauss (@LKrauss1):"The lack of understanding of something is not evidence for God. It's evidence of a lack of understanding."An related phenomenon to what Prof. Krauss is talking about here is the tendency to teleological thinking. Teleology is the idea that the material world has a design and a purpose. It is often summarized with the  aphorism "Everything happens for a reason."I disagree with these notions completely. Sometimes, things just happen. ...
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Posted:  3/29 9:08pm
SATURDAY POLITICS: Analyzing the #CA34 Special Election for Becerra's Replacement  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Jimmy Gomez is my representative in the California Assembly (51st District). Xavier Becerra used to be my representative in the United States Congress (until he became Attorney General of California). I live in the 34th Congressional District of California, so now this is a rare open congressional seat.The race to replace Becerra has become as crowded as I expected. This is what the actual ballot looks like for the April 4, 2017 special election:The Top 2 vote getters (as long as no one gets a majority of votes) will face off June ...
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Posted:  3/25 9:25am
CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Bobby Brooks Is First Openly Gay Texas A&M Student President  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Bobby Brooks is a 21-year-old junior at Texas A&M University at College Station, TX majoring in Economics and French. He is also the first openly gay person to be elected student body president at the conservative campus (it was formerly an all-white and all-male school for over a century). His election is controversial, not only because of his sexuality, but because the person who actually received the most votes, Robert McIntosh,who also happens to be the son of a prominent Republican fundraiser,  was disqualified by the student election board. McIntosh has hired a lawyer ...
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Posted:  3/24 8:03pm
BOOK REVIEW: 11/22/63 by Stephen King  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
I'm excited that I have finally finished my first Stephen King book (speed reading my sister's copy of Carrie when we were both teenagers doesn't count).Anyway, I'm not a big fan of horror so I have generally stayed away from Mr. King's work previously.However the premise of 11/22/63 fascinated me (someone goes back in time to try and stop the John F. Kennedy assassination) and even though I was a bit daunted by the size of the book I put it on my amazon wish list around Christmas time and was happy when it arrived.11/22/63 is about ...
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Posted:  3/23 3:59pm