Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Open thread: Bird brains, theocracy books, and Dawkins of the Gaps

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Categories : Biology, Front-loading, Threatiness, Religion, Richard Dawkins, Brain

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published: mercredi 10 janvier 2007 17:48:32

Cat's got my tongue, so you get to decide what to talk about. Good thing I still have my fingers, or I wouldn't have been able to type in these suggestions.

Pharyngula has a nice post about bird brains and their similarities (or rather lack thereof) to those of mammals. My favorite part is the list of mental abilities found in birds, even ones traditionally regarded as outright stupid. Makes one wonder if birds could have evolved human-like intelligence if mammals hadn't gotten the chance.

John of Verum Serum writes about yet another book about the Coming Theocracy, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges. With all those theocracy books already out there, you need to go to extremes to get noticed, and from the LA Times review, it appears that Hedges believes that to preserve liberty and democracy, we need to ban those religious views that he considers intolerant.

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