Austin Cline has a very nice post on the Dalai Lama. There goes another sacred cow.
Via Barefoot Bum, I learn about a new Google bomb:
Expelled, the movie
Via Corrente, I've found a interesting summary of ten technologies futurists are excited about. I have to say I expect 8, 6, 5, and 4 to become huge within my lifetime, and would expand 8 to "molecular biology in general." Those things collectively should transform society. But I'm skeptical about the rest. Thoughts?
PZ Myers is still a badass.
But I don't think PZ gets the award for biggest badass of the moment. You see, four days ago Dutch politician Geert Wilders put up the following short film on Liveleak:
One day after that, Liveleak took it down citing security concerns, but put a defiant message in its place, declaring the incident a sad day for freedom of speech. The Liveleak version of the film was gone, but it had already been made available elsewhere. Then, Liveleak put it back up after beefing up the security measures for their staff. Though the film is worth watching especially for an idea of what modern Islam might look like from a European standpoint, having the film removed due to death threats but not stopped was the real coup. Muslims are cementing their reputation as people who will kill you if you accuse them of being violent.
Consider this an open thread.