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Links With Your Coffee - Saturday


  • Atheists Meet With White House Officials

  • New Report Says: Jenny McCarthy's Son May Have Not Had Autism After All (thanks to Tony for the link.

  • Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ (tip to Brian)
    Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.
    Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.
    The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning -- on the order of 6 to 11 points -- and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people's behaviors come to be.
    The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans' evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

  • Science is the Poetry of Reality

  • The Templeton Bribe

  • Richard Dawkins in bitter web censorship row with fellow atheists
    Professor Richard Dawkins is embroiled in a bitter online battle over plans to rid his popular internet forum for atheists of foul language, insults and “frivolous gossip”.



That "reporter" on Dawkins got it very wrong. The insults were not directed at Dawkins, and he was not censoring against insults to him. The new forums were going to be "approval-pending", before the abuse went on. It seems Josh Timonen sent a private message to moderators, which made them extremely upset, and posted it publicly, then the abuse went on, even by moderators themselves, against Josh.

So, Dawkins was defending Josh, not looking out for himself. The "censoring" is not due to the insults, it's just what it was gonna become in the first place.

It's not McCarthy's son that is mentally deficient, clearly it's his mom that's retarded.

The "liberals and atheists are smarter!" study is worthless. P.Z. summarizes:

Try linking with Markdown, it's easy to remember, not like html.


By the way, I might start browsing again through the forums cause before I couldn't stand all the fanboys. Signal/noise ratio was really bad. At least Pharyngula makes me laugh and PZ writes splendidly most of the time.

I think the Atheists Meet With White House Officials link is broken. doesn't work. :-(


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