Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rapping for Moral Progress — Baba Brinkman Performs "The Moral Arc Rap"

On a veranda in Manhattan where nobody's packin' an AK
So what happened? Our species has never been less than
A seedy procession of guns, germs and steel, diseases and weapons
Pirates and warlords with devious ethics
This planet hasn't always been a safe place to be skeptic
But listen, no bombs, no screams, no gunshots... Just city and silence
I'm 36 and none of my closest friends' lives have ended in violence!
What happened is the moral arc
A species enjoying an engorgement of its moral parts
In the past it was gladiators in a pit getting getting torn apart
But now it's a contest of wits, ideas honed and sharp
That's how we go from the superstitions of Joan of Arc
To one day exploring the stars
And Shermer's new book is the chart
Tracking the expansion of the moral sphere
Interchangeable perspectives are the reason that no one here
Plans to put a cigarette out in the carpet or pour their beer
Over Gerry's head when he says something offensive to sensitive ears
It's the golden rule, rational reverberations from the enlightenment
Or maybe it's the fear that Gerry would stop inviting them
A leviathan system of punishment
The key to a peaceful species: we've been running with it ever since we discovered it
So the next time you feel like you're drowning with no life preserver
In a civilization rife with crimes and murder, just turn to Michael Shermer
He can expose the exact stats for you and show you the ratio
He's a beacon for reason, he's totally stable, yo
Even though he got married and discovered ghosts in his radio
That was an aberration, he's still a skeptic, okay? So away we go
Shermer has seen the mountaintop, a peaceful equilibrium
A future in which the Moral Arc is taught as history for at least a millennium
It's MLK day, time for violence to vacate
Time for science to demonstrate ways to make this planet a safe space

Real Time: American Sniper Controversy

Bill Maher and panelists Bret Stephens, Nia-Malika Henderson, Bill Burr and former Gov. Howard Dean discuss the controversy surrounding Clint Eastwood's film, American Sniper, and its hero, Chris Kyle.

Real Time with Bill Maher: American Sniper Controversy (HBO)
January 2015

Michael Shermer Discussing The Moral Arc

In Dr. Michael Shermer’s latest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, he claims that we are living in the most moral period of our species’ history.

It is a book about moral progress that demonstrates through extensive data and heroic stories that the arc of the moral universe bends toward truth, justice, and freedom. Of the many factors that have come together over the centuries to bend the arc in a more moral direction, science and reason are foremost.

The Scientific Revolution led by Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton was so world-changing that thinkers in other fields consciously aimed at revolutionizing the social, political, and economic worlds using the same methods of science. This led to the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment, which in turn created the modern secular world of liberal democracies, civil rights and civil liberties, equal justice under the law, open political and economic borders, and the expansion of the moral sphere to include more people—and now even animals—as worthy of moral consideration. Epic in scope, The Moral Arc is the Cosmos of human history.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bible: Acts: Chapters 10-12

Happy New Year from the John Smith channel! Lord YHWH sends off 2014 in style!

Skeptic's Review-The Bible: Acts: Chapters 10-12
December 2014

A Rebuttal to the Fine-Tuning Argument

Hemant Mehta, January 2015

Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

World's fastest archer disproves Hollywood archery myth

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jim Jefferies BARE 2014 full show

You don't want to watch this video.

Jim Jefferies stand-up: BARE from 2014. The full show.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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